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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...
Calling all girls in 5th - 7th grade! Grab your mom (or some other book-loving adult) and bring her to Red Balloon’s Girls Read Book Club. Meet other girls and moms and share the fun of reading. Girls Read usually meets on fourth Mondays.
June's book selection is Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson. Due to vacations, we will meet on Tuesday, July 7 (instead of the 4th...
Clyde Doepner, Minnesota Twins curator, has been called "the biggest Twins fan of all time," and he is bringing his stories to Red Balloon in celebration of his new book, Minnesota Twins Through Memorabilia! See historic memorabilia, hear Clyde's incredible stories, eat some baseball treats, and get a signed copy of his book. It's the perfect event for Twins fans of all ages!...
Hey kids! If you are in 3rd or 4th grade (or have the equivalent reading level) and love to read, you and your favorite grown-up are invited to join the Kids Read Book Club at Red Balloon! Every 2nd Monday you and your grown-up (parent, grandparent, aunt uncle, etc) will discuss a...
This is an inspiring story on several fronts. Mary is a girl who loves to make things with her hands. She helps her father build a house. Then she begins to create art using treasures she finds in nature like wood, rocks, and even discarded glass. She fills her front yard with wonderful creatures for all to share. A true story, Mary Nohl lived in Wisconsin where she created unusual artwork both inside and outside her house. Young readers will see that girls, as well as boys, can design and build. They also will see that beauty can be created in all kinds of ways and seen in a variety of things. This is a Midwest Connections pick for April. -- Susan
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
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
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