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    A heartwarming story

    When you start reading this book, you probably already know how it is going to end. But does that matter? In this case no, no it really does not. Because this book is about friendship and family and love. About prejudice and its overcoming. About happiness and kindness, about dreams and taking chances. At times it is heartbreaking, at times it is full of humour. And - most importantly - it is full of hope.
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    Let me start by saying how versatile a writer Mr. Klune is. I have read most of his previous works and this book is so different but in a wonderful way. The imagery the author creates makes the lucky reader enter a make believe world that not only do you feel could actually exist but one you wish desperately does. Mr Linus Baker is a caseworker for the Department In Charge of Magical Youth or DICMY. He is a timid and non descript 40 year old man that just blends in with the wallpaper. He tries to stay out of the limelight and avoids any confrontations. His job is to inspect the orphanages and check on the magical children's welfare. Summoned to see the Extremely Upper Management astounds him. Why would they ever meet with the likes of him? During a very awkward meeting on Linus' part he is ordered to go on a classified level 4 assignment. This sounds too top secret for the poor man. A group of problematic children are currently residing in a somewhat untraditional orphanage and Linus is tasked to make sure the Master of this home, Arthur Parnassus is qualified to handle the special nature of these orphans. Linus will have to spend a month on an isolated Island where they live. Oh the Island, what an amazing blend of magical qualities exist there! The headmaster Arthur is a sweet and very protective role model for the extremely unique children left in his care. Arthur does things in his own way which has vexed the DICMY, hence the reason for Linus to snoop. The eclectic group of youngsters utterly captivated me. As the story progessed I sensed a feeling of urgency and I wanted the children to be protected but also allowed to experience freedom wihout the gross mislaid monitoring of humans. I will not go into any details of the children. This is for to enjoy. I was mesmerized as I learned about all of their mystical and yet endearing personalities this band of precocious orphans embodied. They are flawed and perfect at the same time and the world needs to stop pushing them aside. The slow romantic burn between Linus and Arthur had me feeling they were made for each other. Neither man is a super model and they know their own weaknesses. You will rejoice when Linus discovers how much strength he carries beneath his ordinary existence. I strongly recommend this beautiful adventure because to call it a mere reading experience would be a disservice. Thank you Mr. Klune for this magical journey. Thanks to NetGalley for providing an ARC for my reading pleasure. A review was not a requirement

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