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Tue, 21 November | 6:30PM

Drew Brockington, CATSRONAUTS: SPACE STATION SITUATIONBlast off for a feline adventure in space!  Author and illustrator Drew Brockington brings the CatStronauts to St. Paul in their latest graphic adventure, Space Station Situation.  In this installment, Major Meowser, Pom Pom, Blanket, Waffles, and all the cats at CATSUP Mission Control have...

Sat, 25 November | 10:00AM to 4:00PM

The holidays are here and it’s time to shop small in St. Paul! A whole crew of local authors are joining the staff of Red Balloon as guest booksellers for one spectacular Saturday of shopping known as Indies First. This program is held every year on Small Business Saturday and  highlights what makes independent bookstores so great by giving authors a way to support...

Tue, 28 November | 5:00PM to 7:00PM

Come Write In!COME WRITE IN!  With only two days left in National Novel Writing Month, you've reached the exhausting ending!  Join your bookseller buddies and fellow Wrimos of all ages at Red Balloon Bookshop for one last Write In before the month is over. Make a last ditch effort to get your word count up, tie up any errant plot threads, and finish your novel!...

Wed, 29 November | 6:30PM

SANTA IS COMING!  That jolly old elf is back for another Santa Storytime at Red Balloon in St. Paul.  Santa Claus stops at Red Balloon early every year to tell us tales of the North Pole and to get our annual Be An Angel book drive started.  After storytime children are invited to help Santa select the best books for...

Take a look at a few new books we love
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Picture Books

Fox and his animal friends are preparing for their annual bike ride, but he has something extra exciting planned this year. Scheming is what he does best, after all! Corey Tabor's vibrant, dynamic illustrations suck the reader into the story, and his text includes plenty of repetition to help new readers find their way. — Angela (RBB Staff)

Middle Grade

In Aster's world, everyone has magic, but society decides how you use it. Boys become shapeshifters & girls become witches. But Aster is fascinated by witch magic and determined to learn it anyway, even though his parents & teachers don't approve. When something terrible happens, it may be be that Aster's unique combination of magical knowledge is the only thing that can save the day. Adventurous, beautifully illustrated, and smart, this book reminds us--the patriarchy hurts boys, too.  — Lily (RBB Staff)

Young Adult

This novel, told in narrative snapshots, is about a young African American girl, Taja. Growing up in Texas, Taja is the daughter of very religious parents. InCalling My Name, Taja experiences her first crush, first kiss, first love, and first heartbreak. She also struggles with her relationship with God, which is put to the test when she gets her first boyfriend. Calling My Name is a beautifully written debut novel that would be perfect for people looking for something to read after The Hate U Give or American Street.  — Kelsie (RBB Staff)


For readers, as well as for writers--anyone who wants to know how the magicians pull the rabbits out of the hat, or want to know how to do it themselves. Percy draws on usually-scorned "genre" fiction to see how to pull readers through the pages, and even draws on kid's books. Fascinating, and simply enjoyable. — Joan (RBB Staff)

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