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A Map of Days
Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Series, Book 4
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The instant bestseller!• New York Times bestseller• USA Today bestseller• Wall Street Journal bestseller"A Map of Days reveals Ransom Riggs at the peak of his powers, leaving loyal fans...
The instant bestseller!• New York Times bestseller• USA Today bestseller• Wall Street Journal bestseller"A Map of Days reveals Ransom Riggs at the peak of his powers, leaving loyal fans...
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  • The instant bestseller!
    New York Times bestseller
    USA Today bestseller
    Wall Street Journal bestseller

    "A Map of Days reveals Ransom Riggs at the peak of his powers, leaving loyal fans ravenous for more." –NY Journal of Books
    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.

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    Prologue

    Never have I doubted my soundness of mind as often as I did on that first night, when the bird-woman and her wards came to save me from the madhouse. That's where I was going, pinned between beefy uncles in the back seat of my parents' car, when a wall of peculiar children seemed to leap directly from my imagination into the driveway before us, aglow in our high beams like a formation of angels.

    We skidded to a stop. A wave of dust erased everything beyond our windshield. Had I conjured their echo, some flickering hologram projected from deep within my brain? Anything seemed more believable than my friends being here, now. Peculiars had a way of making anything seem possible, but a visit from them was one of the few impossibilities of which I could still be certain.

    It had been my choice to leave Devil's Acre. To go home again, where my friends couldn't follow. I had hoped that in returning I might sew together the disparate threads of my life: the normal and the peculiar, the ordinary and the extraordinary.

    Another impossibility. My grandfather had tried to sew his lives together too and failed, estranged in the end from both his peculiar family and his normal one. In refusing to choose one kind of life over the other, he had doomed himself to lose both—just as I was about to.

    I looked up to see a figure moving toward us through the clearing dust.

    "Who the hell are you?" my dad said.

    "Alma LeFay Peregrine," she replied, "Ymbryne Council leader pro tem and headmistress to these peculiar children. We've met before, though I don't expect you'd remember. Children, say hello."

    Chapter One

    It's strange, what the mind can digest and what it resists. I had just survived the most surreal summer ­imaginable—skipping back to bygone centuries, taming ­invisible monsters, falling in love with my grandfather's time-arrested ­ex-girlfriend—but only now, in the unexceptional present, in suburban Florida, in the house I'd grown up in, was I finding it hard to believe my eyes.

    Here was Enoch, splayed upon our beige sectional, sipping Coke from my dad's Tampa Bay Buccaneers tumbler; here was Olive, unstrapping her lead shoes to float ceilingward and ride circles on our fan; here were Horace and Hugh in our kitchen, Horace studying the photos on the fridge door while Hugh rustled for a snack; here was Claire, both mouths slack as she gazed at the great black monolith of our wall-mounted television; here was Millard, my mother's decor magazines rising from the coffee table and splitting in midair as he skimmed them, the shape of his bare feet imprinted into our carpet. It was a mingling of worlds I'd imagined a thousand times but never dreamed possible. But here it was: my Before and After, colliding with the force of planets.

    Millard had already tried to explain to me how it was possible they could be here, apparently safe and unafraid. The loop collapse that had nearly killed us all in Devil's Acre had reset their internal clocks. He didn't quite understand why, only that they were no longer in danger of sudden catastrophic aging if they stayed too long in the present. They would get older one day at a time, just like I did, their debt of years seemingly forgiven, as if they hadn't spent most of the twentieth century reliving the same sunny day. It was undoubtedly a miracle—a breakthrough unprecedented in peculiar history—and yet how it had come to be was not half as amazing to me as the fact that they were here at all: that beside me stood Emma, lovely, strong Emma, her hand entwined with mine, her green...

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  • Kirkus

    September 15, 2018
    The victory of Jacob and his fellow peculiars over the previous episode's wights and hollowgasts turns out to be only one move in a larger game as Riggs (Tales of the Peculiar, 2016, etc.) shifts the scene to America.Reading largely as a setup for a new (if not exactly original) story arc, the tale commences just after Jacob's timely rescue from his decidedly hostile parents. Following aimless visits back to newly liberated Devil's Acre and perfunctory normalling lessons for his magically talented friends, Jacob eventually sets out on a road trip to find and recruit Noor, a powerful but imperiled young peculiar of Asian Indian ancestry. Along the way he encounters a semilawless patchwork of peculiar gangs, syndicates, and isolated small communities--many at loggerheads, some in the midst of negotiating a tentative alliance with the Ymbryne Council, but all threatened by the shadowy Organization. The by-now-tangled skein of rivalries, romantic troubles, and family issues continues to ravel amid bursts of savage violence and low comedy ("I had never seen an invisible person throw up before," Jacob writes, "and it was something I won't soon forget"). A fresh set of found snapshots serves, as before, to add an eldritch atmosphere to each set of incidents. The cast defaults to white but includes several people of color with active roles.Not much forward momentum but a tasty array of chills, thrills, and chortles. (Horror/Fantasy. 12-14)

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  • School Library Journal

    November 1, 2018

    Gr 6 Up-Riggs continues the adventures of Miss Peregrine's Peculiars and brings them to a brave new world: the present-day U.S. After surviving the events that took place in Library of Souls, the children arrive in Florida and begin a crash course in normalization by navigating modern malls and grocery stores. Clues left by Jacob's grandfather Abe are soon discovered and that sets the group on a dangerous covert mission across American Peculiardom. Readers new to the series will notice similarities between the Peculiars and Professor X's mutant X-men, and the challenges they face can serve as starting points for discussions on timely topics, such as immigration and acceptance. As in the previous books, found snapshot photographs illustrate the text, offering a refreshing confirmation that the Peculiars are among us-and have been all along. VERDICT Riggs's latest installment is a fast-paced and compelling addition to this unique mythology. Recommended for all libraries.-Billy Parrott, New York Public Library

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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  • Booklist

    September 1, 2018
    Grades 8-12 Though the wights were defeated in Library of Souls? (2015), there is much work to be done to rebuild the peculiar world. Prime among these tasks is learning to blend in with normals, so Miss Peregrine and her crew have come to Jacob, in modern-day Florida, for lessons. These have barely begun when they stumble upon a secret bunker in Abe's old house, filled with information about his career hunting hollows in America. This sparks an unshakable desire in Jacob to follow in his grandfather's footsteps, catapulting his clandestine mission to save Noor, a powerful peculiar teen, with Emma, Millard, Enoch, and Bronwyn. Peculiar America has a Wild West flavor, ruled by gangs and lawlessness. Danger dogs their heels as they follow clues to Noor and travel through time loops where racism and prejudice still reign. Riggs reinvigorates his best-selling series, expanding the peculiar world and history, while drawing parallels to contemporary hot-button issues. As always, old photos add atmosphere (and some color this time), and the tease of a prophecy will have readers on tenterhooks. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This series is a big deal! Get a bunker's worth.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2018, American Library Association.)

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