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41 Years of Ransom Riggs

Ransom Riggs, one of New York Times Bestselling Authors, is celebrating 41 years of life today. Ransom was born on a 200-year-old farm in Maryland in 1979. From there his family moved to Englewood, Florida, where he grew up learning to love the power of the arts.


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At a young age, Riggs started writing stories on an old typewriter that was in his childhood home. His interest in the arts quickly grew, when he became obsessed with photography after receiving a camera as a Christmas present. Photography turned into films when he found a half-broken video camera. This inspired Riggs and his friends to create their own videos, where they were the stars in their own bedrooms and backyards.



Riggs attended the Pine View School for the Gifted in Florida, where he continued to work on the development of his skills. He went onto Kenyon College where he received a degree in English Literature, and later attended the University of Southern California earning a degree in film.


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With his growing knowledge of the arts, Riggs hoped to enter the film festival in order to be discovered. Instead, he went on to blogging for Mental Floss, which granted him the opportunity to work on The Sherlock Holmes Handbook “that went along with the 2009 Sherlock Holmes film.”

In 2011, Riggs published his first novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which was based on many old photographs that he collected. A year later, Riggs “published another book inspired by old photographs, called Talking Pictures,” and later went on to publish two sequels to the Miss Peregrine’s Home series, Hollow City and Library of Souls.


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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was later adapted into a movie on September 30, 2016. Receiving mixed reviews, the movie adaptation was able to gross $296.5 million worldwide with its budget of $110 million. This leads me to believe that the movie did well in profit, despite the mixed reviews that it received.



Riggs has his own page, RϟR where he provides insight into the books that he has done, short films that he has created, photos he has taken, and any events that he will hold. Riggs is more than a novelist; he is an artist that continues to find ways to express his passions.


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Start Your School Year the Wizarding Way With These 6 Series!


It’s back to school time! Albus Dumbledore’s first day of Hogwarts! …and you’re still waiting for your Hogwarts letter to arrive. Don’t worry, it probably just got lost in the mail. But while you wait, why not weigh up your other options…


1. Children of the Red King series by Jenny Nimmo 


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Frankly it is a travesty that this series, sometimes referred to as the Charlie Bone series after its main character, has not been made into a lucrative and beloved movie franchise complete with merchandise, theme parks and novelty hats. It follows Charlie Bone’s adventures after discovers he has magical powers. Charlie begins to hear the voices of people in photographs and discovers that he is a descendant of the Red King, an ancient magician. He is subsequently sent to Bloor’s Academy, where many magical children study. At Bloor’s, Charlie has enough adventures to span eight books, all of which are fast paced, funny and fantastic. 


2. The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy


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The Worst Witch books follow the misadventures of disastrous yet endearing witch Mildred Hubble. Mildred attends Ms. Cackle’s Academy for Witches and is constantly getting herself into trouble. Admittedly, there books are aimed at much younger readers, but they are still great stories and have been adapted several times for television. I just like them, okay?


3. The Chronicles of Chrestomanci by Dianna Wynne Jones


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Charmed Life is the first in the Chronicles of Chrestomanci series, which follows Cat whose sister Gwendolen is the most promising young witch ever seen on Coven Street. When the two orphans are summoned to live in Chrestomanci Castle, trouble ensues! From the author of Howl’s Moving Castle, this series includes six books as well as several other books set in the same universe.  


4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 


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Ransom Riggs got the idea for this series from his vast collection of photographs of people he does not know. Before the books were published, Riggs made one of the what John Green declared on of the best videos on YouTube, showcasing some of the strangest and most interesting photos in his collection. The books are equally as strange and wonderful, following Jacob, whose quest to find out the meaning behind his grandfather’s strange photographs leads him to a school and orphanage for children with unusual powers. 


5. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin


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Ged displays serious powers at a young age and joins a wizarding school, however soon gets into an argument with one of his peers and accidentally releases a shadow creature which he then has to vanquish. The adventures continue in the following two novels, The Tombs of Atuan and The Farthest Shore


6. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss


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This is the tale of a magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.
Told in Kvothe’s own voice, the book recounts his exciting childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as an orphan in a dangerous city, and his unlikely acceptance into a legendary school of magic, before becoming a fugitive after the murder of a king.


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