Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs

I told him I loved him. And then he seemed to disappear into himself, his gaze drifting past me to the sky, bristling now with stars.
-Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

In the distance I saw a little harbor bobbing with colorful fishing boats, and beyond it a town set into a green bowl of land. A patchwork of sheep-speckled fields spread across hills that rose away to meet a high ridge, where a wall of clouds stood like a cotton parapet. It was dramatic and beautiful, unlike any place I’d seen. I felt a little thrill of adventure as we chugged into the bay, as if I were sighting land where maps had noted only a sweep of undistinguished blue.
-Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

It was a crisp and blustery day—the sun hiding behind giant cloudbanks only to burst out moments later and dapple the hills with spectacular rays of light—and I felt energized and hopeful.
-Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

…A forest of skeletal trees, branches spindling up like the tips of wet paintbrushes, and for a while the path became so lost beneath fallen trunks and carpets of ivy that navigating it was a matter of faith.
-Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

We were like astronauts floating in a starless universe. But then a baffling and magnificent thing happened—one by one, the stars came out, here and there a green flash in the dark….More lit up, and still more, until a whole constellation surged around us like a million green twinkling stars, lighting our bodies…. Emma held out a hand and flicked her wrist, but rather than producing a ball of fire her hand glowed a scintillating blue. The green starts coalesced around it, flashing and whirling, echoing her movements like a school of fish, which, I realized, is just what they were.
Mesmerized, I lost all track of time. We stayed there for what seemed like hours, though it was probably only a few minutes. Then I felt Emma nudge me, and we retreated through the doorway and up the ladder, and when we broke the surface again the first thing I saw was the great bold stripe of the Milky Way painted across the heavens, and it occurred to me that together the fish and the stars formed a complete system, coincident parts of some ancient and mysterious whole.
-Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Stars, too, were time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize that we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries—but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.
-Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children


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