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The House in the Cerulean Sea

by TJ Klune

About the Book

When Extremely Upper Management summons Linus Baker, a case worker at the Department in Charge of Magical Youth, a wrench is thrown in his plans. He hoped to skate under the radar and coast through life. Instead, Linus travels to Marsyas Island Orphanage on a strange and classified assignment. He must evaluate how caretaker Arthur Parnassus is controlling the children. Once there, Linus meets his match in the orphanage’s magical children. Talia is a garden gnome; Chauncey, a mysterious blob; and Lucy, the literal Antichrist. Can he stick to the plan and his cold and calculated approach to his job when he gets to know this lovable cast of kids? And can he stop himself from falling for the wacky yet alluring Arthur?

This whimsical tale blends fantasy and romance to create a story of found family. It is like a warm hug from a bizarre cast of characters who burrow themselves into your heart.

About the Author

TJ Klune is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The House in the Cerulean Sea. He won the Lambda Literary Award for his book Into This River I Drown. His other novels include the Green Creek series and The Extraordinaries. Being queer himself, Klune believes it’s important—now more than ever—to have accurate, positive queer representation in stories.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2020, 6:30 pm
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Private Love, Public School by Christine A. Yared recounts the true story of Gerry Crane. Crane, a high school music teacher, was one of the best teachers at his school. In October 1995, Gerry and his partner married in a private commitment ceremony. Word spread that he had married a man and the much loved teacher came under fire from parents and the school board. The school board issued a statement stating that homosexuals are improper role models for students. They pledged to “monitor and investigate” the gay teacher.  

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This panel discussion will reflect on the events of 1995, and the challenges that still remain today. Fred Stella, host of Common Threads, will moderate the panel. Panelists include author Christine Yared; former student Tammy Lee; and Rev. Doug Van Doren, one of the ministers who started the group Concerned Clergy.

Panel on Modern Families

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 7:00 pm
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Gone are the days of a “traditional” family featuring a dad, a mom, and 2.2 children. Families today come in all shapes and sizes, and all are valid and loving. Join us for a community discussion about what makes a modern family. Hear from local parents Carrie Stratton Burrows, Renee Orr Carr, Charles Darling, and Catrice Morning Bird Thornton. They will lead this discussion and share their parenting insights and wisdom. Topics will include gender neutrality, preferred pronouns, myths and stereotypes, inclusivity, and more.

Cerulean Sea Family Celebration

Saturday, August 21, 2021, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Riverside Park Bandshell – 3060 Monroe NE

Come celebrate families of all kinds! 
Enjoy crafts, lawn games, and refreshments. Local photographers will take free family portraits. Listen to special storytimes about diverse families like LGBTQ+, adoptive, and foster families.

This program will be held rain or shine. Please follow COVID-19 safety measures.

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