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Ransom Riggs is an American filmmaker and author of young adult fantasy, non-fiction and children's fiction.

He has also published non-fiction books under his name.

Riggs is known for writing the bestselling Miss Peregrine's Children books.

Raised on a farm on the Eastern shore of Maryland and in Englewood, Florida, his passion for writing started from a young age when he would pen his thoughts on a vintage typewriter that jammed occasionally.

His love of photography however began years later after he received a camera for Christmas.

Riggs attended Kenyon College and the University of Southern California where he studied literature and film respectively.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2011) was adapted into a 2016 film directed by Tim Burton.

Agented by Jodi Reamer of Writer’s House, Riggs currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, fellow author Tahereh Mafi.

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Genres: Children's Book, Fantasy / SF, Non-fiction, Young Adult

United States


Miss Peregrine's Children

  1. Tales of the Peculiar: A collection of stories (2016)
  2. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2011)
  3. Hollow City (2014)
  4. Library of Souls (2015)
  5. A Map of Days (2018)
  6. The Conference of the Birds (2020)
  7. The Desolations of Devil's Acre (2021)
  8. Miss Peregrine's Museum of Wonders: A deluxe companion guide (2022)

Miss Peregrine: Graphic Novel

  1. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel (2011)
  2. Hollow City: The Graphic Novel (2016)


  1. The Sherlock Holmes Handbook: The Methods and Mysteries of the World's Greatest Detective (2009)
  2. Talking Pictures: Images and Messages Rescued from the Past (2012)

Detailed book overview

Miss Peregrine's Children

Tales of the Peculiar: A collection of stories

Before Miss Peregrine gave them a home, the story of peculiars was written in the Tales.

Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars. A fork-tongued princess. These are but a few of the truly brilliant stories in Tales of the Peculiar—the collection of fairy tales known to hide information about the peculiar world, including clues to the locations of time loops—first introduced by Ransom Riggs in his #1 bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.

Riggs now invites you to share his secrets of peculiar history, with a collection of original stories in this deluxe volume of Tales of the Peculiar, as collected and annotated by Millard Nullings, ward of Miss Peregrine and scholar of all things peculiar. Featuring stunning illustrations from world-renowned woodcut artist Andrew Davidson this compelling and truly peculiar anthology is the perfect gift for not only fans, but for all booklovers.

Author: Ransom Riggs
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0399538544
Publisher: Penguin Books
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

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.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Rupert Everett, Allison Janney, Chris O'Dowd, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, Finlay MacMillan, Lauren McCrostie
Author: Ransom Riggs
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-1594139567
Publisher: Large Print Press
Hollow City

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.

Author: Ransom Riggs
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1594747359
Publisher: Quirk Books
Library of Souls

A boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.

The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all.

Author: Ransom Riggs
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1594749315
Publisher: Quirk Books
A Map of Days

Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery—a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob’s grandfather, Abe.

Clues to Abe’s double-life as a peculiar operative start to emerge, secrets long hidden in plain sight. And Jacob begins to learn about the dangerous legacy he has inherited—truths that were part of him long before he walked into Miss Peregrine’s time loop.

Now, the stakes are higher than ever as Jacob and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom—a world with few ymbrynes, or rules—that none of them understand. New wonders, and dangers, await in this brilliant next chapter for Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children. Their story is again illustrated by haunting vintage photographs, now with the striking addition of full-color images interspersed throughout for this all-new, multi-era American adventure.

Author: Ransom Riggs
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-0735231498
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
The Conference of the Birds

With his dying words, H—Jacob Portman’s final connection to his grandfather Abe’s secret life entrusts Jacob with a mission: Deliver newly con­tacted peculiar Noor Pradesh to an operative known only as V. Noor is being hunted. She is the subject of an ancient prophecy, one that foretells a looming apocalypse. Save Noor—Save the future of all peculiardom.

With only a few bewildering clues to follow, Jacob must figure out how to find V, the most enigmatic, and most powerful, of Abe’s former associates. But V is in hiding and she never, ever, wants to be found.

Author: Ransom Riggs
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-0735231528
Publisher: Penguin Books
The Desolations of Devil's Acre

Jacob and his friends will face deadly enemies and race through history’s most dangerous loops.

The last thing Jacob Portman saw before the world went dark was a terrible, familiar face.

Suddenly, he and Noor are back in the place where everything began—his grandfather’s house. Jacob doesn’t know how they escaped from V’s loop to find themselves in Florida. But he does know one thing for certain: Caul has returned.

After a narrow getaway from a blood- thirsty hollow, Jacob and Noor reunite with Miss Peregrine and the peculiar children in Devil’s Acre. The Acre is being plagued by desolations—weather fronts of ash and blood and bone—a terrible portent of Caul’s amassing army.

Risen from the Library of Souls and more powerful than ever, Caul and his apocalyptic agenda seem unstoppable. Only one hope remains—deliver Noor to the meeting place of the seven prophesied ones. If they can decipher its secret location.

Author: Ransom Riggs
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-0735231559
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Miss Peregrine's Museum of Wonders: A deluxe companion guide

Gloriously rich and utterly delightful, Miss Peregrine’s Museum of Wonders is an indispensable guide to the peculiar world, perfect for longtime fans and new readers alike. Covering everything from how to blend in with suspicious normals to the most popular time loops to visit as a temporal tourist, this essential volume is ideal for anyone curious about the world of Miss Peregrine: its strange history, curious practices, fascinating places, most famous (and infamous) names, and much more.

Written in Miss Peregrine’s inimitable style, it’s also a dramatic expansion of the universe fans have already come to love, introducing countless new peculiars, enemies, time loops, stories, and secrets, in addition to hundreds of never-before-seen vintage found photographs and select illustrations.

Author: Ransom Riggs
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-0241610657

Miss Peregrine: Graphic Novel

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel

When Jacob Portman was a boy, his grandfather regaled him with stories of his fantastic life at Miss Peregrine's home during the Second World War, even sharing photos of the remarkable children with whom he resided. As Jacob grew up, though, he decided that these photos were obvious fakes, simple forgeries designed to stir up his youthful imagination. Or were they...?

Following his grandfather's death - a scene Jacob literally couldn't believe with his own eyes - the sixteen-year-old boy embarks on a mission to disentangle fact from fiction in his grandfather's tall tales. But even his grandfather's elaborate yarns couldn't prepare Jacob for the eccentricities he will discover at Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children!

Author: Ransom Riggs
First Release: 2011
Publisher: Yen Press
Hollow City: The Graphic Novel

After fleeing an army of terrible monsters, Jacob Portman and his peculiar friends find themselves lost at sea, but the only person who might be able to get them ashore safely, their illustrious headmistress Miss Peregrine, is stuck in the form of a bird! Hoping to find a way to get Miss Peregrine back to normal--or as normal as a peculiar can get--the children journey to London. But no matter where they go, trouble lurks after them... 

Cassandra Jean's evocative visuals once again work seamlessly with Hollow City's vintage photographs and Ransom Rigg's twisting fantasy narrative to make for a wholly immersive reading experience for fans of the original novels, fans graphic novels, and fans of reading great stories alike!

Author: Ransom Riggs
First Release: 2016
Ebook: B011J4H26A
Publisher: Yen Press


The Sherlock Holmes Handbook: The Methods and Mysteries of the World's Greatest Detective

Learn the skills of the world’s most famous detective in this how-to guide for Sherlock enthusiasts and amateur sleuths—from the author of the Miss Peregrine books.

This reader’s companion to the casework of Sherlock Holmes explores the methodology of the world’s most famous consulting detective. 

From analyzing fingerprints and decoding ciphers to creating disguises and faking one’s own death, readers will learn how Holmes solved his most celebrated cases—plus an arsenal of modern techniques available to today’s armchair sleuths. Along the way, readers will discover a host of trivia about the master detective and his universe:

• Why did Holmes never marry?

• How was the real Scotland Yard organized?

• Was cocaine really legal back then?

• Why were the British so terrified of Australia?

For die-hard Sherlockians and amateur investigators alike, this handbook is nothing less than . . . elementary.

Author: Ransom Riggs
First Release: 2009
Ebook: B004HW7E1A
Publisher: Quirk Books
Talking Pictures: Images and Messages Rescued from the Past

With the candid quirkiness of Awkward Family Photos and the confessional intimacy of PostSecret, Ransom Riggs's Talking Pictures is a haunting collection of antique found photographs—with evocative inscriptions that bring these lost personal moments to life—from the author of the New York Times bestselling illustrated novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Each image in Talking Pictures reveals a singular, frozen moment in a person’s life, be it joyful, quiet, or steeped in sorrow. 

Yet the book’s unique depth comes from the writing accompanying each photo: as with the caption revealing how one seemingly random snapshot of a dancing couple captured the first dance of their 40-year marriage, each successive inscription shines like a flashbulb illuminating a photograph’s particular context and lighting up our connection to the past.

Author: Ransom Riggs
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0062099495
Publisher: It Books