Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it “an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.”

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.An Amazon Best Book of the Month, January 2014: In Hollow City, Ransom Riggs continues the story that mesmerized readers in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. With their island home compromised, and Miss Peregrine trapped in her bird state, Jacob and the other peculiars flee into the larger world and find themselves in war-torn 1940’s London. On those broken streets, with “blacked out windows staring like lidless eyes,” Jacob learns to trust himself, finds comfort in belonging, and falls over the precipice into love. As in his earlier novel, Hollow City is filled with eerily fascinating vintage photographs, and like a seasoned magician Riggs seamlessly incorporates them into a story already so well established in many ways that such a feat seems remarkable.–Seira Wilson

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3 Comments

  1. At 55 and an avid reader, one of the best and most fun books I have read in the last year. Adults don’t be put off by the fact that the heros in this book are children… Or are they? I read some of Harry Potter books, which is definitely directed more to the young (found it to young for me ) this book, with its college-level vocabulary , its characters and its settings in various points in history speaks to the adult reader, although can be enjoyed by the young. Wonderfully written and excellent character development. Adults can easily identify and see the personalities of adult…

  2. Definitely worth the wait! After a long wait, it’s finally here. Hollow City, the second book in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series. And it is so worth it and then some. 

  3. THIS SEQUEL IS EQUALLY MAGICAL … After the two years in creation of this sequel, I can now clearly state that “Hollow City” is clearly worthy of the original, smash, NY Times, 52-week bestseller “Miss Peregrin’s Home For Peculiar Children.” Picking up where the first book left off, this new volume is a coming-of-age story as the protagonist Jacob, and friends, leave the nest (Island) and are forced to strike out on their own. Once again, the author has used old photography as a powerful lens to visualize his highly imaginative…

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