These days it seems like some of the most interesting new books are in the Young Adult category.  Though the tweens and teens may not like us grown-ups shopping in their section, they’re just going to have to get over it.  Today’s debut spotlight shines on Ransom Riggs.  Though not his first book – MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN is his first novel and it looks especially creepy and cool.

Here’s a brief synopsis:

A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

The Reviewers Say:

“An original work that defies categorization, this first novel should appeal to readers who like quirky fantasies. Riggs includes many vintage photographs that add a critical touch of the peculiar to his unusual tale.”
Library Journal

“It’s an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.”
Publishers Weekly

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Want to know more about Ransom and his other writings?  Check out his website and the cool book trailer for Miss Peregrine’s at