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The House in the Cerulean Sea

By TJ Klune
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Publisher Description

A 2021 Alex Award winner!
The 2021 RUSA Reading List: Fantasy Winner!
An Indie Next Pick!

One of Publishers Weekly's "Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2020"
One of Book Riot’s “20 Must-Read Feel-Good Fantasies”

Lambda Literary Award-winning author TJ Klune’s bestselling, breakout contemporary fantasy that's "1984 meets The Umbrella Academy with a pinch of Douglas Adams thrown in." (Gail Carriger)

Linus Baker is a by-the-book case worker in the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. He's tasked with determining whether six dangerous magical children are likely to bring about the end of the world.

Arthur Parnassus is the master of the orphanage. He would do anything to keep the children safe, even if it means the world will burn. And his secrets will come to light.

The House in the Cerulean Sea is an enchanting love story, masterfully told, about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.

"1984 meets The Umbrella Academy with a pinch of Douglas Adams thrown in." —Gail Carriger, New York Times bestselling author of Soulless

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

1953 Reviews

Slightly Smiling Face“Feel good read that had been on my TBR for a while! Glad I finally read it 😊. Full disclosure: I’m 1000% a mood reader so I might just not have been in the right zone for a middle grade book right now. Lovable characters and sends a great message it was just a tad on the nose for me.”
Characters change and growLikable charactersEasy to readMagical setting
Rolling on the Floor Laughing Face“I absolutely loved every character in this book ! I was fascinated by all the children and how different and magical they were. My favorite character transformation was Linus. He lived such a monotonous life in the beginning and as he connected with each child and Arthur you could really feel his soul coming to life. I would love if they could make this a movie so i could see the film makers take on how all the characters looked.”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to read
Slightly Smiling Face“The way TJ Klune transforms difficult conversations into heartwarming fantasy is absolutely genius. And it makes me happy to know that stories like this one exist. Not just to show but to reflect on acceptance, kindness and love. To understand that diversity is something to be cherished and not feared. And that open-heartedness paves the road to a better world. I loved the personalities of the children and the kindness and understanding of Arthur. But what truly made this book for me was Linus and his ultimate transformation. Shattered in the beginning, he is being put together piece by piece in ways that resonated with my soul. Please do something comforting for your mental health and plunge into this ode to life itself.”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growDiverse charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to readFunny writingMagical settingFeel good
Slightly Smiling Face“I’m so glad I finally read this book. I listened to an audiobook and the narrator did such a good job giving every character a different voice. The pacing wasn’t my favorite, but overall an enjoyable book that made my heart melt over and over.”
Multi-layered characters
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Absolutely love love love this book. One of my all time favorites, if not my absolute favorite. I could read it again and again! 😍 Equal parts funny and thought-provoking, endearing and sad. TJ Klune is just like no other.”
Likable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingFunny writingMagical settingComicalFeel goodThought-provoking

About TJ Klune

TJ KLUNE is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of The House in the Cerulean Sea, The Extraordinaries, and more. Being queer himself, Klune believes it's important—now more than ever—to have accurate, positive queer representation in stories.

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