One of Buzzfeed's "YA Fantasy Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2020"
“The most down-to-earth book about superheroes I've ever read. I laughed, I cried, and I had a smile on my face the entire time I was reading it” Mason Deaver, bestselling author of I Wish You All the Best
“Klune plays with superhero genre tropes and fan-fiction clichés with the skill of a true fancompletely aware of their ridiculousness but in love with them anyway. Hilarious, sweet, and absolutely super!” Kirkus
"If you're looking for a book to read and then reread several times before the next Spider-Man movie releases, this will be perfect." Buzzfeed
“Klune’s romp is irresistibly readable…. Readers will be delighted!” Booklist
“Nick’s ADHD and almost comical optimism combine to make a charming and entertaining hero[.] There’s plenty in this lighthearted, superhero-interested teen dramedy for kids who feel like they’re sometimes on the outside, including the positive representation of a teen with ADHD.” Publishers Weekly
Praise for TJ Klune
“TJ Klune is a master storyteller.” The Mary Sue
“Touching, tender, and truly delightful, The House in the Cerulean Sea is an utterly absorbing story of tolerance, found family, and defeating bureaucracy.” Gail Carriger, New York Times bestselling author of Soulless, on The House in the Cerulean Sea
“Sweet, comforting, and kind, this book is very close to perfect. The House in the Cerulean Sea is a work of classic children's literature written for adults and children alike, with the perspective and delicacy of the modern day. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author of Every Heart a Doorway, on The House in the Cerulean Sea
“Quirk and charm give way to a serious exploration of the dangers of complacency in this delightful, thought-provoking Orwellian fantasy from Klune.... This tale of found family is hopeful to its core. Readers will revel in Klune’s wit and ingenuity.” Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The House in the Cerulean Sea
“Hilarious and irreverent.” USA Today's Happy Ever After on The Lightning-Struck Heart
“Incredibly moving.” Refinery29 on Wolfsong
A fanboy’s dream becomes reality in this queer, romantic superhero story.
Nova City’s resident superhero, Shadow Star, fights his archnemesis, Pyro Storm, and Nick Bell is only a bit obsessed with (and maybe enamored of) him, as evidenced by his extensive fan fiction in which Shadow Star continually rescues Nick’s alter ego, Nate Belen. Nick knows that saving the city has a price, a lesson learned from his police officer father and his mother, who died in a bank robbery two years ago. When Shadow Star foils an attempted mugging, saving Nick and his friend Gibby, Nick nearly makes a complete fool of himself but snags a picture and an autograph that comes with a personalized note mentioning the surname Nick definitely did not tell his hero. Nick, who is white, is a rising junior with pronounced ADHD, and his character is sympathetic and charmingly hapless in the best of ways; readers will root for him to realize all the truths right under his nose, not least of which is his own worth. Nick’s best friend of nearly 10 years, Seth, is a pale, chubby, bisexual boy with thick glasses and baggy clothes. Gibby is a butch black lesbian; along with her girlfriend, they complete their circle of outcast friends. Klune plays with superhero genre tropes and fan-fiction clichés with the skill of a true fan—completely aware of their ridiculousness but in love with them anyway.
Hilarious, sweet, and absolutely super! (Fantasy. 14-18)