Search Results: "Ransom Riggs"


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HOLLOW CITY by Ransom Riggs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Less a straightforward horrorfest than a tasty adventure for any reader with an appetite for the…peculiar. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
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. Read full book review >

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MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN by Ransom Riggs
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 7, 2011

"A trilogy opener both rich and strange, if heavy at the front end. (Horror/fantasy. 12-14)"
Riggs spins a gothic tale of strangely gifted children and the monsters that pursue them from a set of eerie, old trick photographs. Read full book review >

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TALES OF THE PECULIAR by Ransom Riggs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2016

"A properly peculiar collection from Riggs. (Short stories. 11-15)"
In this special edition, fictive author Millard Nullings selects 10 tales from the many that have passed down through generations to instruct and inform those of the "peculiar persuasion." Read full book review >

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REBEL MCKENZIE by Candice Ransom
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2012

"Spunky and sassy, Rebel redefines beauty pageants in this rollicking tale. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Twelve-year-old Rebel McKenzie is aptly named. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERIOUS MISS MARIE CORELLI by Teresa Ransom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 7, 1999

"The author has struggled to piece together fragmented historical material, for which Victorian scholars will be grateful. (12 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
The biography of a turn-of-the-20th-century author whose now forgotten mystical and romantic novels were bestsellers in England and around the world until WWII. Read full book review >

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SEEING SKY-BLUE PINK by Candice Ransom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Meant to be comforting, this offering is more than a little saccharin and unrealistic. (Fiction. 5-9)"
Eight-year-old Maddie struggles to adjust to her new life in the country with her new stepfather. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2005

"As Ransom acknowledges, counterfactual history is made up of '2 parts historical plausibility, 1 part common sense, 1 part imagination.' A pleasing application of the recipe."
An intriguing exercise in counterfactual history, operating under the assumption that the Confederate States of America did not, in fact, win the last election. Read full book review >

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FINDING DAY’S BOTTOM by Candice Ransom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Wonderful description, hill-country language, appropriate grief and honesty combine to offer a new take on an old story. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Jane-Ery (11) is living in rural Virginia during the Depression when her father dies and her grandfather leaves his mountain to help her and her mother survive. Read full book review >

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The Keeping by Rochelle Ransom
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Hope and humor buoy tales of complicated relationships and old traumas in this fast-paced manhunt."
A family's search for a missing teenage girl leads the police close to home while the victim is locked in a cellar with no way out in Ransom's debut YA novel. Read full book review >

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MY BEST DEFENSE by Bob Riggs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"An overwrought, but still promising, debut. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Since his mother died three years ago, Jack has learned to make his own way through life. Read full book review >

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WHEN THE FINCH RISES by Jack Riggs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Tired and familiar territory, but not without some promise."
A stilted, self-conscious debut chronicles one of those defining boyhood friendships that changes life forever. Read full book review >

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SHOOTING STAR by Cynthia Riggs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 29, 2007

"Less local lore and more amusing characters make this outing one of Riggs's best."
Amateur theater, a serial killer and a missing child are all in a day's work for a starchy old part-time Martha's Vineyard deputy. Read full book review >