Laurie's Pick: "The House in the Cerulean Sea" by TJ Klune
Linus Baker is busy living his mundane life working as a caseworker overseeing the well being of children housed in government orphanages when he is pulled for a special assignment. For this task, he must travel to a home for extraordinary children who possess magical qualities. Apprehensive at first, Linus discovers that these unique children have been segregated from society due to prejudice and discrimination.
Upon arrival, he meets the charming caretaker, Arthur Parnassus, and his six charges. Among them is a child who is the Antichrist. During his stay, Linus falls in love with each character’s endearing qualities and realizes he must risk everything to save them and the family they have formed.
“The House in the Cerulean Sea” is a timely story that reminds us that every living thing deserves respect and the right to live a meaningful life. Children should be raised to feel free and unashamed of who they were born to be in order to reach their full potential. Klune sets the stage for a lesson in tolerance and inclusion and reminds us to set aside preconceived notions. I thoroughly enjoyed this magical and heartwarming tale.