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


Review posted May 16, 2022


very enjoyable.

Shannon Richardson

Review posted May 11, 2022


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.


Review posted May 1, 2022


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.


Review posted April 30, 2022


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


Review posted April 24, 2022


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


I love this book!