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From the team that brought you The 39 Clues and Spirit Animals, comes a brand-new, action-packed, Egyptian-inspired adventure series, TombQuest! Ancient secrets, hidden “hazards,” mummies, and more await you at Red Balloon Bookshop, where we’ll welcome author Michael Northrop, who will share the New York Times bestselling world of TombQuest...
Join fellow book lovers for our Independent Bookstore Day party celebrating what indie bookstores bring to the community! Red Balloon Bookshop and indie bookstores across the country will feature one-day-only exclusive merchandise and family activities all day long. Exclusive items include an original, signed Captain Underpants print; a “Guess How Much I Love You?”-themed onesie; a literary map of Huckleberry Finn’s...
Rub-a-dub-dub, TEN pigs in a tub! Join our epic launch party for Derek Anderson’s new picture book, Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure! Not only will guests help kick off our Independent Bookstore Day festivities, but they’ll also “pig”-out on cake, “soak” up a storytime, and meet the “Real Ham” himself, Derek Anderson! Hogs and kisses!
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Do you find yourself reading books for teenagers even though those years have passed? Do you have a hard time remembering the last adult book you read? You are not alone! Join Red Balloon’s new (Not-So) Young Adult Book Club, a group for adults who love Young Adult literature. We’ll meet every 1st Monday and discuss one fantastic, fun YA book a month. All books will be chosen by group members. Book discounts and opportunities...
Hoot Owl is hungry. Very, very hungry. Nothing is impossible for him to eat. But first, he must disguise himself! He is the Master of Disguise! This is quite possibly the best picture book of the season. I love reading it aloud, and will do so any time you ask. Hoot Owl makes me so happy! -- Julie
Something has happened to the little girl's sandwich, and as the narrator tells us, "It all started with the bear." A hungry bear's adventures lead him from his home forest to the city, and ultimately to the very bench upon which rests the sandwich in question. Allegedly, the bear eats it. The illustrations are beautiful, the bear expressive and adorable, and the narrator thoroughly unreliable. Recommended for lovers of bears, dogs, tall tales, and those who cannot resist a "beautiful and delicious sandwich." -- Angela
Boy(s), if you thought the Princess Academy books were all tea parties and perfectly coiffed hair, are you in for a surprise. Shannon Hale, author of the similarly spunky (albeit younger) Princess in Black, makes sure ladylike behavior stretches to include thievery, crocodile-hunting, wrestling matches, and, of course, plenty of outwitting the bad guys. In this, the last book in the series, Miri becomes the tutor for her very own Princess Academy, and demonstrates the superior power of education and human decency over swords and shields. This is NOT a book meant solely for girls. But boys, be warned, you shouldn't read this book if you don't have the courage, gumption, and guts it takes to be a princess! -- Matt
The Whisper is the second installment in Aaron Starmer’s Riverman Trilogy. With its blend of myth and reality,The Whisper reminded me both of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane and The Neverending Story. As Alistair chases the Riverman across a patchwork of imaginary worlds, a parallel story unfolds, that of Aquavania’s strange origin. I loved how the end of The Riverman left me hanging, unsure what to believe. The Whisper leaps into the dark, twisting realm of Aquavania, offering multiple realities to choose from. In the end, Alistair has to decide what he believes, and so do you. Choose wisely! -- Katy
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