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34 weeks is a lot of weeks

So I've been off in writing-Miss-Peregrine-Book-Two land and haven't been posting much on the ol' bloggy-blog, but that's going to change, I sort-of promise! I felt like I had to pop my head out of my cave to at least acknowledge the ongoing unlikeliness and insanity of Miss Peregrine still, eight months and counting after its publication, occupying a rather prominant spot on the bestseller list. Which is in itself nothing short of amazing. But still more amazing is that I managed to hang on long enough to be list-neighbors with my dear old friend John Green, whose astoundingly good novel The Fault in Our Stars has held the #1 spot the last few weeks (which it richly deserves). It is, as John himself pointed out, a weird and magical thing. (It would be slightly more magical, I suppose, if Rick Riordan and I could switch places for a week, but still.)

A lot of other amazing things have happened in the last 34 weeks, as well, not least of which is that the Miss Peregrine movie went from being a twinkle in Fox's eye to being a project with Tim Burton attached as director and Jane Goldman, who wrote X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass and The Woman in Black, adapting the screenplay. (And by the way, a lot of people ask me if I am bothered by other people writing/directing the adaptation of my book, since I make movies and write scripts too. When it's Tim Burton and Jane Goldman who are doing the writing and directing, the answer is easy: Not. In. The. Slightest.)

Also, does this Woman in Black poster remind you of anything? Ahem! Just sayin'.

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Reader Comments (53)

I'm glad to see you're back and I can't tell you how excited I am for book two and the film adaptation. Don't go away for 34 weeks again ok? 32 I can deal with if you're writing but 34 is just too long. I need more updates.

February 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrina Courtney

Not a huge fan of Tim Burton (I would not like to see Johnny Depp as Jacob ahaa) But exciting nonetheless when two huge names pick up a story you made and say "I want this to be more because it's worth it." I'm only about 4 chapters in, I'm GROSSLY intrigued by it, in love with the writing style you have. Not to mention you have one of the coolest author names in history.

And I'm excited for Miss Peregrine's 2. Can't wait! Thanks for writing new and exciting tales, Mr. Riggs!

February 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterInqling

The first time I saw the commercial for "Women in Black" I swear I thought it was the commercial for Miss P.

February 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEli_D

It has been awhile but I'm glad you're "sort-of" back! Miss. Peregrine deserves to be on the bestseller list for a long time to come! Every time I'm at the bookstore I see it in the hands of multiple persons. Movie news is so exciting! Tim Burton and Jane Goldman? WOW! That's awesome! I absolutely cannot wait! Oh and literally the first thing that popped into my mine when I saw the Woman in Black poster was "OMG They totally ripped off Miss Peregrine!" Welcome Back!

February 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterOlivia

LOVE the book!!! I just hope Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter are not in the movie. "Miss Peregrine's" as a movie would be so much more magical with some new faces and fresh talent!

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAJ

Hi, I just finished reading your book and loved it! I'm glad that there will be a sequel because there were a lot of unanswered questions in the book. What happened to them? Did they ever get rescued? Did Miss Peregrine become human again? How did Victor die? Do Emma and Jake get together?

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

I just finished reading Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and still in the magic atmosphere that you're in when you don't want the book to end. Yes, I LOVED it! And can't wait for the sequel! And now, arriving here at your blog and seeing that it will be a movie---a Tim Burton movie at that!! I'm so glad! It was a magical page turner and it will be a Great Movie, too! Thanks for giving it to the world.

February 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGina Lighton

Just stopped by to tell you that I am very much enjoying Miss Peregrine. Also, congratulations on the movie deal. I look forward to seeing the adaptation!

Allison Quering

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAllison Quering

I'm happy for two reasons - book 2 *and* a movie! *happy dancing* :) Thank you for updating - I feel bad for not stopping by sooner to see what was what!

February 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenn Greenleaf

Hi Mr. Riggs,
This is the Dunbar High School Book Club out of Ft. Myers, Florida. First off, congratulations on the success of your very first novel! You have no idea what an impact this book had on the students and staff at our school.
We greatly enjoyed reading this peculiar book and discussing it during book club. The students and staff would like to invite you to visit us. We have so many questions and comments regarding the book that it would be a great honor to have the author of Miss. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children to come and answer them.
Thank you for writing such an amazing novel.

So please, when you can, email us at jillbk@leeschools.net
- Dunbar High School Book Club
Mychaela, 17
Barry, 16
Keyana, 15
Morgan, 15
Cedric, 15
Emily, 15
Nick, 15
Juliana, 17
Brittany, 17
Jose, 15
Gabbie, 16
Michael, 15
Breianna, 15
Miss. McElwee
Mrs. Klausing
Mrs. Merritt

February 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDunbar High School Book Club

Congratulations! You deserve this attention! Your book was absolutely amazing and I have reread it seven, yes I said seven, times now. I recommended Miss Peregrine's for our school book club and they adored it. We are patiently waiting for the sequel. Thank you again for writing a novel so enthralling and addicting.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah


February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis

Just finished reading Miss Peregrine home for peculiar children, and can honestly say I fell IN LOVE with it! I am beyond excited for the second book, and to see where and what's in store for Jacob and the gang! I'm also very excited to know its being made into a movie. Congrats and good luck in your writing! Can't wait to continue reading<3

February 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRansom Riggs

When I saw the trailer for Woman in Black, I whispered (probably too loudly since I was in a movie theater) that it was your book! And then I was THAT PERSON whispering (almost hissing, because I was so excited) about how much I LOVED it, and that I was really surprised the movie was already out. I was bummed out when I realized it wasn't your book. Oh well.

I can't wait for book 2 AND THE MOVIE!!!

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLin

Hey there Mr. Riggs,

I just looooooove your book ... I am usually not at all the typical bookworm and I got quite some trouble to keep me being focussed, but u made me wanna eat that book up!

And still being amazed by it and needing to tell everyone about it, I descided on doing a little pop-up version for it.
I hope u'll find the time to have a look.


In the menu item GRAPHIC_design.
It's my first pop-up ever, but I am quite happy with the outcome ...

Can't wait for your second book!

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFreeze

Mr. Riggs,

I teach 8th grade Literacy in Colorado, and I just have to tell you how much easier you make my job! I picked up "Miss Peregrine" on a whim right after it was published. I read the entire book during 2 plane flights. I brought it back to school with me and began talking to my students about it. Needless to say, my one and only hard back copy hasn't stayed on my shelf longer than 30 seconds. This is amazing considering how difficult it is to get middle schoolers to read. Anything. Ever.
I was thrilled to see it listed on the Scholastic Tab book form in paperback, and just yesterday ordered 3 copies for my classroom (now my hardback copy can come home where it will be safe!). Fifteen minutes ago I discovered your blog, and now I'm double thrilled to see you are writing a sequel....AND there will be a Tim Burton treatment of "Miss Peregrine." Although, given the past pattern, I really don't see a spot for Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter in there anywhere.....
Anyhoo- thank you for bringing this book into the world! My classroom library wouldn't be the same without you.

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMimi Allen

Just finished Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children great book! Figured there would be a part two but am ecstatic to see it confirmed!! As I closed the cover last night I thought what a great medium for Tim Burton, Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Peregrine??????Maybe???? Well Ransom loved the booked. Amazing story and pictures!!! Can't wait for part two.

March 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim C.

When will book 2 (Miss Peregrine) be out?

March 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKat

Kudos on the first novel, I've read some horrid first novels and luckily you're isn't one of them. I very much enjoyed Miss Peregrine and was more than upset when I found out it was a cliff hanger (I'm much too curious as to how it ends!). I'd also like to throw out there that the combination of picture and novel was fantabulous and you integrated the two very well. Many a friend of mine has seen me reading your book and asked to borrow it after I finished, I should tell them all just to buy their own damn copies but I'm too nice for that. It's funny what can happen when you stumble across a book in Barnes and Nobel and say "Huh, this book has pictures of creepy children in it. I think I'll buy it," and I must say I'm glad I did. Best wishes to your sequel and such!

March 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRaicheal

I am so thrilled to hear that the book will be coming to the big screen, especially in the capable hands of Tim Burton. I'm a big fan of Burton and now a big fan of Ransom Riggs. I absolutely loved this book. I've been telling everyone to get it and read it. I can't wait for book 2. In the meantime I think I'll go read your other books.

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCelia Camp

Great read. I'm really enjoying the book and so is my daughter.
Some of the old photos I've come across in the book and in your blog are similar to the old Cirucs cards for
Freak Shows.
Remember the movie Freaks? Classic right? :-)

Ms. Gault

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMs. Gault

Ha! I took an almost-identical screen shot of the bestseller list so I could show my family (from 2/26-John at #1 and you back up to #2). I am so proud of both of you!

Also, while reading random blogs the other day I came across this "hidden mothers" phenomenon in old pictures (mother of the child is covered with a blanket or rug for the formal photograph). I've never seen this before, but maybe you have. How peculiar!




March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMadeline P S

Hey! They look like peculiar children....i love this book...I cant wait for book two, Please finish it soon.

March 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLuis

what is the name of the second book gonna be?

March 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbla

I'm so excited about the MIss Peregrine's sequel, read Miss Peregrine's this summer and I literally couldn't put it down. The book's story is just so original and I loved the characters' development, as well as the link to historical events. All in all, I can't wait for the sequel!

March 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlina

When I first saw the Woman in Black poster I thought it was Peregrine's too :D But was quickly disappointed. Looking forward to the release of Talking Pictures in Oct. Can't wait!

March 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAparna

That is so awesome that it's being done by TIM BURTON!! omg that just means it's gonna rawk. I just bought the book last night and although I haven't gotten past chapter 3, I friggin' love it. It freaks me the frack out but it's a great read so far. :)

April 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

Mr. Riggs,
I'm happy to see that you are writing a sequel to Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children. I enjoyed the first to a great extent! The pictures were exquisite! You are an extraordinary author!

April 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisbeth

Wonderfull!!! I have been anticipating this book for, well, ever since I read through the first book!!! This book is positivly THE single best book I have ever read. I cannot wait until the new realese.

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterA Very Excited Fan

Dr Mr Riggs,
I have just stayed up late, devouring your book. It was amazing. You are fantastic. I am SO EXCITED for the next one! Thank you, so much, for writing this.

April 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristen Burns

I just finished reading your book and am SO happy you are writing a sequel! There's a movie in the works?! Hell yeah! Tim Burton? Double HELL YEAH! :D I'm so excited!

April 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShari

Just wondering, will there be a "child casting" for the movie?

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

I've so loved the first book, and I'm excited to read the second. Congratulations on all your success! It's heartening to the beginning novelist.

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Vose

I heard a rumor and I am confirming it from you since you should know, well maybe. I heard that there will be civilian auditions for the movie in Orlando Florida. Now, I'm not sure if this is true, so I thought I'd ask you. If so I'd very much like the part of Enoch, or the invisible kid, who's name slips my mind right now. So, if you could get back to me about that, that would be great.

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAustin Kinard

Would you tell me the name of the "sleepy fishing village in Florida" where you grew up? I was curious if it was
somewhere here in the Panhandle. Thank you.

Dean DeBolt, University Librarian/University Archivist
University Archives and West Florida History Center
(sometimes known as The Catacombs)
University of West Florida, Pensacola

May 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDean DeBolt

I didn't read your book, I devoured it!

A movie? And Tim Burton is involved? "Congratulations" doesn't seem enough, but... Congratulations!

Can't wait to read book two and to watch the movie. I'll definitely be stalking your blog to keep track on all this.

May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

Just read you Miss Peregrine book and I'm am not so patiently waiting for the 2nd one. I read it in a little over a day. It was great and the pictures made it better!

May 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer V

Hi! I'm a HUGE fan! I loved the book and your videos on YouTube are incredible! Are you afraid that they might change too much about the book for the movie? I can't wait to read the next peculiar children book :-) The pictures in the first one were so cool!

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCandlewaster

I used to do that with magazines I got at school. But after reading your book, they remind me of the wights and now they just scare me. It scares me even more now because I think that those kids became wights at such a young age! So they had to drink the blood of many peculiar children! ITS SCARY

June 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark

I'm so happy there's going to be another book! I just finished the first one, and I commented to my roommate about how there had better be another one, and so there will be, and I'm really excited! Also, I'm excited that there's also going to be a movie. I hope it's fantastic!

June 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

Ransom, I just finished "Miss Peregrine....." and absolutely loved it. Very much looking forward to the sequel and the film...ohhhh!

June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterYasmin

I've gotta hand it to you man, you're good at what you do! I'm currently reading your first novel and I'm intrigued by your originality; even your film work is tightly unique. I'm actually kind of jealous -- maybe carrying some of the same feelings you have for you ol' buddy John Green, perhaps. But in all seriousness, it's just as inspirational. And that I assume to be the trick to conquering envy. Allow someone else's talents to inspire you into sharpening your own and then going after your dreams, rather than becoming stock-still with complaints that leave you feeling green with resentment over another's feats. My best friend and I are finishing up on the first draft of our novel, and I've just finished story boarding my first screenplay. And even though there are times after reading a good book that I start to doubt my own abilities, I try and always turn that into an inspirational moment, one that motivates me to press on, in hopes that I too will find myself neighboring a friend on a best sellers list. So...thanks for the inspiration Home-Fry! Hope ya get this.


June 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel Griswold

I loved your book Miss Peregrines! I think I am obssessed now.
Can't wait for the movie directed by my favorite person ever.
Casting suggestion: Freddie Highmore as Jacob!
My secret fan fiction of this book would come true if he was in the movie!
Thank you so much for your book. It is definitely a getaway from this world. As if I walk into my own loop like Jacob. :)
Please keep us updated on the movie and everything. Can't wait!

June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdriana

Are there ever going to be any casting calls for the movie? I hope that we get some fresh people to play the roles instead of over used people who don't even look like teenagers anymore. Please, please, be different. :(

July 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

I am a first time author. I am a twenty year resident of Sarasota where you are a legend. I have just completed La Dolce Vita, a
I write it to fulfill a promise to my late wife.
I would love to be able to communicate with you.I am 87 years old; I can sure use some help from one who has achieved his dream. My heartfelt congrats to a real professional.

July 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHerb Baron

When are you all casting for the movie?! I'm an aspiring actress, and I fell in love with this book and I swore when I read it that I would play Emma. Please tell me when you're casting!

September 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

I just finished Miss Peregrine. Very interesting world you have sketched, and it made me wonder how much is drawn from existing myth, but I haven't looked it up for myself yet. The device of the photographs was clever, but executed in a slightly contrived manner, as if you were writing for 10 year olds. I had the impression from the marketing and the position on children's book lists that it was written for 10-12 year olds, but after reading it, I think you were aiming a bit higher. Are you going to release an edited version?

December 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterD. Spiech

Where can i find auditions!!!!

July 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterH. A.

Pleas tell me when you are having auditions!!!! And pleas tell me they are in Florida! My goodness my stomach is churning with nerves that I won't be able to find the auditions and miss them completely so pleas tell me when they are!!!!!

July 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterH. A.

Just started reading and am addicted to Miss Peregrines. Am thankful for a 10 hour flight to just spend reading! I can picture Logan Lerman as a brilliant Jacob (consider his performance in Perks of Being a Wallflower). Thanks for the great read and please keep writing.

August 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

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