The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (1 of 2)

When I create a post, I usually have already finished the book and I talk about it as a whole. With The House in the Cerulean Sea, I have to start talking about it NOW! I am less than halfway through and it is so great so far! One reason why this book stands out is because when I am into a book, I rarely stop to highlight a quote that stuck out to me. So far, I have stopped twice to highlight a quote that spoke to me! (Pun intended!)

This book is about Linus Baker, a caseworker who works for the Department in Charge of Magical Youth (DICOMY). He is very much by the book when evaluating children and their guardians. Because of his thorough notes, he has gained the attention of the Extremely Upper Management and he is about to be assigned to a very classified case that is going to turn his routine life into anything but routine: he has to travel to an orphanage where six dangerous and magical children live. Arthur Parnassus, the master at the orphanage, will do anything to protect his children, even if the end of the world has to come. I also love Linus because he also has a devious cat named Calliope; she reminds me a lot of my own Chloe!

The first quote I would like to share is “‘You’re made of strong stuff on the inside’, Talia said. ‘And it’s what’s on the inside that counts'” (Klune, 132). This quote is said by a character named Talia, who is an adorable little lawn gnome (I told you this book was magical!) and is one of the six children in the orphanage. Talia, as well as the other children, are very encouraging of the other children. In this case, she wants Sal, another orphan, to succeed in public speaking in front of the class. As soon as she says this, Sal takes a deep breath and speaks to the class. I believe that I can speak for a few readers of this book that we all need a little encouragement once in awhile. I have always struggled with my self-image and self-esteem and I never really understood what people see in me and why they would like me. I believe that this is an amazing quote to keep in mind: not all amazing things about you aren’t on you physically, but the goodness is also within you.

The second quote I loved is “‘It’s not only this village, Mr. Baker. Just because you don’t experience prejudice in your everyday doesn’t stop it from existing for the rest of us” (Klune, 138). The master of the orphanage, Arthur, brings this up during a conversation with Linus where he as well as the children used to leave the orphanage for different trips, but they then started to be teased and bullied by other people on the island the orphanage is on. As a result, he does not leave with the children on the island anymore to save them from being antagonized. I believe that is easy to forget that just because we specifically are not targets of hateful language or actions, it does not exist and it is easier to turn a blind eye to. In fact, people struggle all the time with people who just don’t understand them and the antagonist may feel somehow intimidated by the victim. Unfortunately, there are some ugly sides of human nature. This is so important to keep in mind because different minority groups are being targeted all the time and it is everyone’s job to stand up for them and make sure they feel safe an comfortable in the communities they live in.

Stay tuned for part two of my post!

Published by sarah_rose

Special education teacher. Avid reader. Wife. Advocate. Cat mom.

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