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The House in the Cerulean Sea

This young adult fiction novel by author TJ Klune, an award-winning author who grew up in rural Douglas County, explores the power of belonging and the joy of inclusive community. Through fantasy and the world of magical youth living on an enchanted island, Klune celebrates children’s differences and shows the positive effects of giving children a safe and supportive place to be themselves. Youth and adults alike will enjoy this heartwarming story of kindness.

Author: TJ Klune
Year of Publishing: 2020
Number of Pages: 416

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  1. robbdavis (verified owner)

    This book has a great antihero protagonist, and it is a wonderful take on what it means to include those who are too often marginalized for all the wrong reasons.

  2. sweety95838 (verified owner)

    I absolutely adored this book!

  3. Hilary Mankofsky (verified owner)

    This is a heartwarming slightly magical adventure of a man who desperately needs one. If you allow it to, this book will wrap itself around your heart and give you a hug. Then stay with you for years to come. It’s a book I always recommend. It’s worth the read.

  4. Melissa Anderson (verified owner)

    I loved it! It was so sweet all around and really showed love for the characters exactly as they were. I liked the body positivity slipped in there too.

  5. Jamie Merritt (verified owner)

    This is a cozy book that I could read over and over and still enjoy each time. There are so many interesting, multi-dimensional characters, and the story draws you in quickly.

  6. Julie VanDeHey (verified owner)

    This is a darling whimsical book that is brimming with love, acceptance and magic.
    The characters are sweet, the romance endearing and it tackles important themes of inclusivity. Leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy! 5/5

  7. nnppnn (verified owner)

    This is such a great book! It’s unique and wholesome.

  8. Acleith (verified owner)

    Amazing and warm. A book that makes you really think about things from a different perspective. Things aren’t always as they seem and things aren’t always bad.

  9. Misty Sorte (verified owner)

    My son and I loved this book. It was just what we were looking for!

  10. remarcr (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this book. Full of imagination and wonder

  11. accessdenied (verified owner)

    Interesting book. I like how the author develops the characters.

  12. michlindawright92 (verified owner)

    A great read!

  13. jmczech14 (verified owner)

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book! It made me think about those that don’t fit the ideals of mainstream society, but also the effects of trauma (big and small) on how we treat each other and our capacity for kindness and grace.

  14. MCalvert123 (verified owner)

    A sweet, feel-good story with endearing characters. Recommend!

  15. Sandy Moyer (verified owner)

    I just don’t like the fantasy style book. But will pass this on to someone who might

  16. Ashley Flowers (verified owner)

    Very awesome read, entertaining, suspenful, cofmt ready. Took place in a very hard time in my life

  17. SMohler (verified owner)

    This is a wonderful book for younger and older adults alike! Greatly enjoyed it!

  18. Melissa Glidewell (verified owner)

    This book is great on a single read, we did it as a family read, also great for that! It held everyone’s attention and we are looking forward to another shared book.

  19. JoAnna Lamb (verified owner)

    Really good story. Well written. Creative but relatable characters

  20. italianrn (verified owner)

    Great Book!

  21. nnunezv (verified owner)

    What a warm, magical book!

  22. gkaplowitz (verified owner)

    Delightful story that is told through the lens of YA, but has a myriad of lessons for readers of all ages.

  23. JHunnicutt0730 (verified owner)

    Wonderfully written, great representation and glad to find an author who is local to our community we can continue to support

  24. Janel Sorenson (verified owner)

    A magical adventure about love, persistence, and the power of acceptance. Plus, a multitude of opportunities to laugh out loud. Highly recommend it- I bought copies for my mom, daughter, and friend’s classroom.

  25. Ellen Balkovec (verified owner)

    This book was beautiful. Everything about it. I enjoyed it so much and it should be a must-read for anyone who loved the Miss Peregrine series.

  26. Mary Morris (verified owner)

    One of the most thought-provoking books I’ve read, and that is saying a great deal. I was … more than a little reluctant, due to the BIG ISSUE, but ended up loving it.

  27. Tanyasan (verified owner)

    Such a wonderfully enjoyable book! Magical and grounded at the same time. The story and characters really draw you in. Great book for reading aloud with others!

  28. Courtney McHill (verified owner)

    This was a fun read and was so incredibly touching and sweet. I kind of knew where it was going most of the time but I enjoyed every moment of it.

  29. arnoldlk (verified owner)

    This book was enjoyable and not what I expected – and that’s kind of the point, I suspect.

  30. MCampos (verified owner)

    Brilliantly written. You won’t be disappointed.

  31. kjohn1385 (verified owner)

    Absolutely loved it. The relationships were beautiful and I appreciate the representation.

  32. Kpeters21 (verified owner)

    A book of inclusivity, magic, and living life being free to be who you are… what more could a reader need? This is a fantastic book and I think many people will find joy in its pages.

  33. mfulkie (verified owner)

    I love this book!!!

  34. kwatsonyoung (verified owner)

    This was adorable and really heartwarming. It was really predictable, but still fun. It’s classified here as YA, though I would consider it more an adult whimsical book. The protagonist is a middle aged man with a very average life who finds a temporary escape from the mundane, which I think we can all relate to.

  35. kathyanng (verified owner)

    Charming! Kindness goes a long way

  36. lellismba (verified owner)

    This was a fun and interesting read. It is like nothing I have ever read before, and I was able to visualize the islands, the characters, and the Department Charge of Magical Youth. Highly recommend!

  37. ashmccudden (verified owner)

    as a queer soon-to-be special educator, this story warmed my heart in ways a book has never done. I found great warm and comfort in this book and truly think everyone should read it.

  38. Sydney Burrell (verified owner)

    I was sucked in from the very beginning. The tone and pace were perfect, a great book to sink into and entertaining enough to get lost in.

  39. pforbes (verified owner)

    This book quickly became one of my favorites and is now going to be a comfort read. I absolutely adore this story of found family. This book is full of magic and wonder, but at it’s core is a tale of love and learning. We are never too old to lean and grow. Opening our arms to new adventures may also open your heart to new beginnings.

  40. Ruby Buchholtz (verified owner)

    Great book with lots of depth and insightful characters.

  41. Julie Scism (verified owner)

    This book was incredible. It sent me down a TJ Klune wormhole and then I read all his most recent novels. I can say with certainty this is my favorite!

  42. Ailiah Schafer (verified owner)

    TJ Klune is just a beautiful storyteller. I was invested in each and every character and loved joining them on this journey

  43. Jennifer Jackson (verified owner)

    This was a fun and unique story. The imagery that came to mind was wonderful, and I enjoyed the unique characters that were brought to life and introduced one at a time. A bold take on some difficult topics, this book allows the reader to explore a world where being different becomes dangerous and powerful. A good read.

  44. Samantha Massingale (verified owner)

    This was a wonderful book that captured my attention and has a fantastic ending

  45. Ashley Mogford (verified owner)

    Upon receiving this book, I discovered it was not what I had anticipated.

  46. Dawn Blythe (verified owner)

    I laughed, I cried, I laughed while crying. I audibly sighed, squealed, and hugged the book to my chest.

    This story is beautiful, in every way possible. I can already tell that this book will be one that I read over and over again, just to feel it all over again.

  47. Emma Rose (verified owner)

    Absolutely loved this book! Such a great story!

  48. KrystaRodgers22 (verified owner)

    Such a sweet story!

  49. Kazuo Kyler-Yano (verified owner)

    Loved this book. I read it first to see if it was appropriate for my kiddo and we loved reading it a second time together!

  50. [email protected] (verified owner)

    So glad I read this. A friend described it as a soft, warm hug and I couldn’t agree more!

  51. LaurenK (verified owner)

    My son and I read this together and it was such a joy. A wonderful story of finding places where we truly belong and what happens in communities when we let fear dictate our interactions with our neighbors. Excellent messages and lots to discuss and digest.

  52. Juliana Minn (verified owner)

    Fun, entertaining read. Kind of like an updated Ms. Peregrine. Did find myself thinking that the story is a tad too lengthy at times though.

  53. sarahmklann (verified owner)

    I absolutely loved this story. The author magically sets the stage for readers to understand ALL. I highly recommend this book to all.

  54. christinahedge (verified owner)

    This book was an easy, fun, magical read about the importance of belonging and family!!! Looooved it.

  55. terriks (verified owner)

    Beautiful story. Heartwarming. Not just for young adults!

  56. criggins (verified owner)

    A story about how deep loneliness can grow, and how developing friendships are vital for living a fulll life. Very likable main character and very heartwarming novel.

  57. Cecily Heiner (verified owner)

    A charming tale of a beaurocrat who finds love and color on a mysterious adventure on an island full of magical creatures. A gentle gay narrative underlies the story. A fast, fun read that is thought provoking.

  58. RebeccaM (verified owner)

    Always fun to read something light but also with strong lessons to be learned about love, acceptance, and knowing your self.

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