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Hollow City

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Hollow City

Miss Peregrine Series, Book 2
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The movie adaptation of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is in theaters September 2016.
The New York Times #1 best selling series
September 3, 1940. Ten peculiar children flee an army of deadly monsters. And only one person can help them—but she's trapped in the body of a bird. The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. And before Jacob can deliver the peculiar children to safety, he must make an important decision about his love for Emma Bloom. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.
"A stunning achievement . . Hollow City is even richer than Riggs's imaginative debut, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children"—Boston Globe
Bonus features:
  • Sneak preview of the third Peculiar Children novel
  • Exclusive Q&A with Ransom Riggs
  • Never-before-seen peculiar photography
  • The movie adaptation of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is in theaters September 2016.
    The New York Times #1 best selling series
    September 3, 1940. Ten peculiar children flee an army of deadly monsters. And only one person can help them—but she's trapped in the body of a bird. The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. And before Jacob can deliver the peculiar children to safety, he must make an important decision about his love for Emma Bloom. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.
    "A stunning achievement . . Hollow City is even richer than Riggs's imaginative debut, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children"—Boston Globe
    Bonus features:
  • Sneak preview of the third Peculiar Children novel
  • Exclusive Q&A with Ransom Riggs
  • Never-before-seen peculiar photography
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    Levels-
    • ATOS:
      5.7
    • Lexile:
      850
    • Interest Level:
      UG
    • Text Difficulty:
      4 - 5

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    About the Author-
    • Ransom Riggs is the author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Quirk, 2011), a New York Times best seller with more than 5 million copies sold, as well as its best-selling sequels Hollow City (Quirk, 2013) and Library of Souls (Quirk, 2015). He lives in Santa Monica, CA, with his wife.
    Reviews-
    • DOGO Books mchinbat1 - Warning: Spoilers Ahead So, I thought this book was good. It had amazing character development, fascinating backstories, and I loved how the pictures fit so well in the book. I loved Emma's character, and how realistically she felt about Jacob, and how the settings in this book were so detailed and different than the other. I liked how Jacob actually thought about his family instead of having them completely thrown out the story. I'm especially intrigued by Millard, and his love for knowledge (particularly about Peculiars) and I thought the the entire history of Peculiars and how the Wights were looking for Peculairs' souls was very original. The humor in this book is perfect, and I love the interactions between all of them. I love how Bronwyn is sort of like a mother/big sister towards Claire and Olive. The cliffhanger at the end was perfect, and I don't think I would a change a thing about this book. AWESOME BOOK 10/10
    • Publisher's Weekly

      January 27, 2014
      In this sequel to the bestselling Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, young Jacob Portman, having discovered his ability to sense the monstrous wights and hollowgasts that are attempting to capture or kill Peculiars, has narrowly escaped with them and their injured leader, the birdlike "ymbryne," Miss Peregrine. The children must travel cross-country and through time loops, dodging monsters all the way, to Blitz-era London where, rumor has it that the last free ymbryne, Miss Wren, is hiding. En route, they meet talking animals, helpful Romany, and other Peculiars with odd talents: "The suitcase jiggled.... Its latches popped, and very slowly, the case began to open. A pair of white eyes peeped out at the crowd, and then the case opened a little more to reveal a face—that of an adult man... who had somehow folded himself into a suitcase no larger than my torso." Riggs's use of grotesque, unsettling, and sometimes lightly retouched photographs is just as successful in this outing, and while the plot occasionally feels forced to fit the photographs, it will easily please the previous book's numerous fans. Ages 14–up.

    • Kirkus

      January 15, 2014
      Along with picking up the action where it left off in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2011), Riggs fills in background detail while adding both talking animals and more children with magical powers to the cast. With evil wights and murderous hollowgasts in hot pursuit--and only days to save their beloved Miss Peregrine from permanently becoming a bird--Jacob and his nine young (in body, if not age) companions fling themselves through time loops to Blitz-torn London. The growing attachment between Jacob and kindhearted fire-conjurer Emma turns out to play a crucial role in the plot. After a brisk round of chases, captures, escapes and bombings--capped by a devastating reversal--the two end up separated from most of their allies but with a new talent that just might save "peculiardom" from its seemingly all-powerful enemies. As before, the author spins his tale in part around a crop of enigmatic vintage trick or portrait photographs, including two men (corpses?) sharing a bed with skeletons, a pipe-smoking dog and a staring girl with a huge hole through her midsection. Though less of a novelty here than in the opener, these still add distinctly creepy notes (even when the subject is supposedly comical) to a tale already well-stocked with soul eaters and tentacled monsters. Less a straightforward horrorfest than a tasty adventure for any reader with an appetite for the...peculiar. (Fantasy. 11-14)

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    • School Library Journal

      February 1, 2014

      Gr 8 Up-This harrowing tale picks up right where Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Quirk, 2011) left off: having narrowly escaped wights and hollowgasts (monsters), Jacob, Emma, and their group of peculiars (young mutants, a la the X-Men, with a dash of time travel abilities) are on the move to London to find a cure for their headmistress Miss Peregrine who has been trapped in her bird form, but time is running short. Moving through time loops, they meet a menagerie of characters who help them along the way, but danger lurks at every corner, and horrors are not far behind. Even if the teens reach London alive, will it be enough to save Miss Peregrine from an ornithological fate? This book is perfectly paced, suspenseful, and scary. It is dark and dreadful but also humorous and touching. The peculiars are intriguing, each with fascinating powers, such as invisibility or premonition. They play off of one another's strengths and weaknesses, which progresses the story and further develops the characters. And of course there is the book's main attraction: the found vernacular photography, vintage pictures that Riggs has collected from flea markets and archives. The quirky and creepy snapshots perfectly illustrate the characters and settings, reinforcing the dark atmosphere of the narrative. New readers of the series will find this novel a treat and will be able to sift through summaries of previous events to place themselves in the story. Fans of the first title will find this book a treasure. The only downside: waiting for the third installment to find out what happens to Jacob and his peculiar friends.-Billy Parrott, New York Public Library

      Copyright 2014 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

    • USAToday.com "I was blown away...Hollow City is fantastic."
    • Hypable "A worthy follow-up, and as addictive a read as the first."
    • Dan Kois, Slate "Hollow City mixes spooky vintage photos and action-packed storytelling to continue the story of Jacob Portman and his fellow "peculiars" as they travel through time to war-torn London."
    • PopMatters "A perfect blend of creepiness and thoughtfulness."
    • Boston Globe "A stunning achievement... Hollow City is even richer than Riggs's imaginative debut, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children."
    • Virginian-Pilot "What makes the series soar, however, is not the world-building, as intriguing as it is, but the heartfelt intensity of the emotions."
    • Shelf Awareness for Readers "Ideal for fans of Neil Gaiman and Daniel Kraus, Hollow City blends fantasy and horror into a world that will engross readers and leave them eager for more."
    • Kirkus Reviews "A tasty adventure for any reader with an appetite for the...peculiar."
    • School Library Journal "New readers of the series will find this novel a treat...Fans of the first title will find this book a treasure. The only downside: waiting for the third installment to find out what happens to Jacob and his peculiar friends."
    • Library Journal Xpress Review "Riggs has created a fresh and original world in these Peregrine novels, with likable, quirky characters and a very readable style."
    • RT Book Reviews "Fans will be thrilled to know that the sequel to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is as hauntingly sinister as the first and is unequivocally worth the wait. It's a rare sequel that improves on the series' beginning... A must-read!"
    • LitReactor "A great big jolt of fun."
    • Booklist "Fans will be pleased with this second volume and downright delighted to know that a third in the series is in the offering."
    • John Green, New York Times best-selling author of Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns "A tense, moving, and wondrously strange first novel. The photographs and text work together brilliantly to create an unforgettable story."
    • Associated Press "Riggs deftly moves between fantasy and reality, prose and photography to create an enchanting and at times positively terrifying story."
    • Florence of Florence + The Machine "I read all of the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children books and I loved them."
    • People "Peculiar' doesn't even begin to cover it. Riggs' chilling, wondrous novel is already headed to the movies."
    • Seventeen "You'll love it if you want a good thriller for the summer. It's a mystery, and you'll race to solve it before Jacob figures it out for himself."
    • Justine magazine "This peculiar parable is pure perfection."
    • PopSugar "One of the coolest, creepiest YA books."
    • Publishers Weekly "It's an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters."
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer "Brace yourself for the last 70 pages of relentless, squirm-in-your-chair action. I loved every minute of it."
    • Forces of Geek "Hands down, this is one of the best books of recent years...both creepy and terrifyingly delicious."
    • Florida Times-Union "Though technically a children's book, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is more Grimm's than Disney, and Riggs images, dropped like bread crumbs, could lead audiences of any age happily down the path of its spellbinding tale."
    • PopMatters "In a time when so much summer entertainment seems to be more of the same, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a pleasant surprise--a story that is fresh and new, engrosses and grips, and provides enough clues so that the ending makes sense and seems thoughtful."
    • Romper "A twisting tale of phenomenal children, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a book that both children and adults will love."
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