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"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" | Courtesy pf Jay Maidment - TM & © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" | Courtesy pf Jay Maidment - TM & © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
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Novelist Ransom Riggs On Tim Burton, 'Miss Peregrine,' and Extremely Peculiar Children

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Film Editor
Updated: 30 September 2016
Tim Burton’s latest tender freak show brings to life the shapeshifting lady (Eva Green) and bizarrely gifted brood named in the title of Ransom Riggs’ novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Restless Children.

As Riggs recently told The Culture Trip, collecting snapshots of long-gone tykes inspired his story, which unfolds simultaneously in modern-day Florida and on a recurring day in blitzed World War II Wales.

Following the mysterious death of his yarn-spinning grandpa (Terence Stamp), outsider hero Jake (Asa Butterfield) shuttles easily between these alternate realities, because that’s no stretch for an imaginative 16-year-old, weird or otherwise. Here’s our video chat with Riggs.