What do you get when you bring together a good-hearted but by-the-book case worker, a passionate orphanage master with a haunted past, and a house full of outcast magical children? A delightful tale of acceptance, love and family, and a critical examination of what it means to be good or normal.
Linus has been assigned by the Department in Charge of Magical Youth the task of assessing the effectiveness and safety of the orphanage on Marsyas Island. What he doesn't realize is that the children on this island are not your ordinary magical children. They are deemed to be highly dangerous to themselves and to the world at large.
Linus arrives on the island with his guard up and his copy of Rules and Regulations at the ready. As he meets and gets to know the inhabitants of the island and of the orphanage, everything Linus knows about what is good and right and true will be turned on its head.
This book was such a delight to read. I found myself laughing out loud at the smallest surprises and wanting so badly to visit this island and to meet this bizarre cast of incredibly alive characters who live there.
This book is so easy to escape into, and it's a great place to hide for a while if the real world gets to be a little much.