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House on the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Each month our staff picks additional recommendations based on our Dandy Roll Book Club pick. We're recommending House on the Cerulean Sea for those of our members who would like to read a twist on historical fiction based on our March pick, A Tip for the Hangman by Allison Epstein.

Emily's pick comes highly recommended; everyone that I know that has read The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune has nothing but amazing things to say. The story follows a middle-aged wizard who travels to different orphanages to oversee the treatment and wellbeing of magical children. He is unexpectedly summoned to an island orphanage to check on six children, including the Antichrist. It also follows his relationship with the children’s caretaker, the mysteries surrounding the island, and the importance and preservation of found family.

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.

  • Paperback, 400 pages
  • Tor Books, 2020