The House in the Cerulean Sea

Book review by Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Beautifully written tale of magic and transformation.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 10+

Positively sweet!

A really lovely book for middle grade, YA, and adult readers! On the long side for some middle grade readers—but a great choice for other kids who are reading above “grade level” but not ready for typical YA/adult content. This book does include “grown-up” themes (such as romance, maltreatment of foster children) but with a gentleness that makes it accessible and appropriate for upper elementary and middle schoolers. Great messages about being yourself, family, and courage, with humor and fun along the way!

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3 people found this helpful.
age 11+

Sweet and quirky

This story is adorable and quirky and heartfelt. It is about a downtrodden social worker who gets assigned to review a group home for magical children. The characters he meets there will steal your heart. The messages about acceptance, loyalty, and tolerance are beautiful, as are the themes about embracing diversity and valuing people for their character. I really liked the children characters, especially Lucy who could be both mischievous and vulnerable. I also liked the narrative tone that exaggerates the foibles of the world and minor characters to great effect.

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1 person found this helpful.

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