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Miss Peregrine'sBecause it's never too early to get psyched out of your mind about an amazing YA book making its way to Hollywood, you can officially mark your 2015 calendar with a big, beautiful star on July 31: According to The Hollywood Reporter, that's when the movie adaptation of "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" will make its big theatrical debut. (And if you don't have a 2015 calendar yet, just tattoo the date on your arm, and your face, and your dog. You don't want to forget, do you?)

The movie, based on the bestselling book by Ransom Riggs, follows a young hero from his home in the states to a petite island off the coast of Wales, where a group of unusual—you might even say peculiar—orphans are waiting for him inside a wormhole full of secrets! And best of all, it's in wildly capable hands: Tim Burton, who was drawn to the book for obvious reasons of the supernatural-quirky variety, has signed on to direct, which means Ransom's weirdo world full of shapeshifters and gothic mansions and tentacle-faced monstrosities should be on full and glorious detailed display when the film hits the big screen.


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Hollow CityAt this point, there are probably no more than a dozen people left on the planet who haven't read Ransom Riggs' bestselling novel, "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," in which a precocious teenager loses his grandfather, travels to Wales, and has a series of astounding adventures involving dental tentacles and World War II wormholes and creepy vintage photographs. But if you've been waiting for the paperback—because it's cheaper, or you like floppy books, or you didn't yet know how to read when the hardcover came out last year—then now's your chance to snag it!

The book is out in stores now, and in honor of its release, we've got something... well, peculiar to show you. It's an image from the "Miss Peregrine's" sequel, "Hollow City," which picks up right where the first book left off, following the merry band of peculiar orphans as they travel to London in search of answers.


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If you've been waiting with breathless anticipation for the release of "Unravel Me," the long-awaited sequel to Tahereh Mafi's "Shatter Me," then you...are probably not reading this right now? Because today is the day that "Unravel Me" hits shelves, and if you're an avid reader of this dystopian series about a girl with a lethal touch, then there's no reason why you'd be doing anything but devouring the next installment.

Which is too bad for you! Because while you do that, we've got this weird, wild, EXCLUSIVE interview with Tahereh Mafi to share—in which the author wanders through an abandoned building, wears a boss pink hijab and answers questions about her work whilst making Sharpie-marker graffiti on the walls.


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Ransom Riggs doesn't necessarily believe in such a thing as a Summer Beach Read. But a guy who writes about time-traveling kids with special powers who are under the care of a headmistress who is sometimes a bird, probably shouldn't be so skeptical. Though there's an eerie cast over "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children"—thanks in part to the real, vintage photos scattered throughout its pages—it has just enough of a sense of adventure and wonder to keep you glued to a beach chair.

The story, which was inspired by Ransom's collection of other people's old photos, is about 16-year-old Jacob Portman, who grew up listening to his grandfather's stories about escaping gruesome monsters in Poland, winding up in an orphanage on a remote island in Wales. The other children there possessed "peculiar" traits: one floated, one was invisible, one could start fire with her hands, another had a swarm of bees living inside him. Eventually, Jacob realizes that the monsters were the Nazis and the children's traits a stand-in for being Jewish (and those photos of them must have been altered, right?). That is, until he sees his grandfather's dying body and the hideous creature that mauled him.

After diving into the magical world that Jacob eventually discovers in Wales, we climbed back to reality and got Ransom on the phone to chat about the inspiration behind his book, plans to make it into a movie and whether the adventures will continue in a sequel.


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