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.

416 pages. ©2020.
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Reader Reviews for this Book

stokesfolks

Review posted August 3, 2022

4

This book teaches people that it's important to accept everyone even though we all have differences. All should be included. No one is broken. All are welcome here.

kchristensen17

Review posted July 27, 2022

5

The House in the Cerulean Sea…What a wonderful story about finding yourself, your courage, and your home. TJ Klune does a great job pulling the reader in and making them truly care for these characters. With beautiful descriptions this book creates exquisite scenes in the mind.

jackharden6

Review posted July 27, 2022

5

This book was amazing! Heartwarming and surprising, I would recommend to any ages :)

ashleyjohnsonbend

Review posted July 21, 2022

5

beautifully written, already used this story with the children i work with.

Lovetoread

Review posted July 20, 2022

3

When I began reading I wasn't sure it was going to be a book I would like. I am now halfway through and then enjoying the whimsical and magical imagination of the author and intrigued by the lessons I'm learning regarding those who are different. It's now hard to put down to see what the future holds for Linus Baker and all the other characters.

jennynunn

Review posted July 20, 2022

5

So good we could hardly put it down! It was perfect time for pride month!

sarahsketti

Review posted July 10, 2022

4

Really enjoyed it!

nitahalstead

Review posted July 7, 2022

5

This is a delightful little novel with well-explored characters and lots if nice life lessons mixed in. Highly recommend for a fun weekend read!

dvorakan

Review posted June 26, 2022

4

Love being able to get access to books like this one and then share them with others!

LRoundy

Review posted June 14, 2022

5

This book was an interesting and engaging read. The characters, setting, and writing style are all superb. Highly recommend.

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Review posted June 5, 2022

4

This is a sweet book with a good message. A fun read for adult readers, this is an important book in the young adult category with a broad message about acceptance and a comfortable way of introducing gay characters.

lromero100

Review posted May 28, 2022

5

This was such a warm and comforting book. In such difficult times, it was nice to read something so lovely and full of meaning.

Lorax2675

Review posted May 26, 2022

5

such a beautiful love story.

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Review posted May 22, 2022

4

This story is funny and amusing for both myself and my 13 year old. Enjoyed it.

KHall

Review posted May 16, 2022

5

very enjoyable.

Shannon Richardson

Review posted May 11, 2022

5

The House in the Cerulean Sea was an unexpected pleasure. The storytelling is lyrical and well-paced, with character development that is inconsistent in the best way. Some characters get more and some get less, but it all fits together well as each character gets some level of insight. It feels like meeting a group of people who share different levels of openness with you, the reader. The fantasy elements are believeable and supported by the way in which characters engage with their narratives, both real and created. This is a story of bravery, in its different forms, of love and acceptance, and it embraces its cast in all of their bearded, winged, tentacled, rotund and barefooted glory. It's quirky and imperfect and when I was done reading, it stayed with me for several days, as though I'd recently left a shared journey.

vireogirl

Review posted May 1, 2022

5

A beautiful, magical world, with a slow growing understanding of fighting for those who are different. Starts in a gray, dull society that explodes with color as love and purpose are discovered. Snarky humor; even the cat has personality.

Firechild94

Review posted April 30, 2022

5

This book was a definite page turner. I couldn't put it down and felt sucked into the story.

Lynzy143

Review posted April 24, 2022

5

Fast and engaging read, exploring how we as a society handle those who are different and may scare us, as well as how we develop and embrace those differences within ourselves. Highly recommended!

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Review posted April 5, 2022

5

I love this book!