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Sat, 29 October | 10:30AM

The winds of November have come early!  Red Balloon is thrilled to announce the Twin Cities launch of Storm’s Coming!, the new picture book about signs from nature written by Margi Preus and illustrated by David Geister. Join us for a good old-fashioned story time party with these two Minnesota artists, complete with reading, books, and cake!



Fri, 4 November | 6:30PM

Minnesota native Eleanor Glewwe returns to Red Balloon to celebrate the release of her latest novel, Wildings. In this companion to Sparkers, privileged Rivka’s mission to find her twin brother opens her eyes to the injustices that continue to impact their society.  Join Eleanor for a reading, Q&A,and celebratory cake!




Sat, 5 November | 10:30AM

Great Gadzooks! Max Speed has arrived!  Bring all your super-secret skills to Red Balloon for an action-packed storytime and launch party for this thrilling new picture book by local author-illustrator Stephen Shaskan (A Dog is a Dog, Three Triceratops Tuff). We’ll hear the story, rev up our imaginations with themed activities, and enjoy some post-adventure refreshments!



Fri, 11 November | 6:30PM

Attention humans, elves, and everyone in-between! Shannon Messenger is coming to Red Balloon for Lodestar, the fifth epic installment in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series. Learn more about Sophie and the Lost Cities, meet Shannon, test your own telepathic powers, and get your books signed. Whether you’re an established fan of the Keeper of the Lost Cities, or you’re looking for a new fantasy...

Take a look at a few new books we love
Click on "Staff Favorites" above to see a longer list

Middle Grade

First in a series!? That's even better! This has all the trademarks of a satisfying sports story--obvious obstacles, team building, poor decisions, big let-downs, uplifting moments of victory--but manages to steer clear of anything too saccharine or corny. The relevance of gun violence to Ghost's backstory as well as his honest observations about race and appearances add to the importance and timeliness of the book. Great for kids ten and up,Ghost could be a great choice for seventh and eighth graders who are reading below grade level.  -- Angela (RBB Staff)


This beautifully illustrated picture book will help ease all ages from summer into autumn, and from there to winter beyond. At this time of year, there is excitement (school starting!) but also an air of sadness as we say goodbye to bright, sunny, carefree days and begin to settle into a more structured life. As we say goodbye to summer, we discover that autumn has its own beauty to look forward to and enjoy. -- Susan (RBB Staff)

Young Adult

Alejandra is a witch--a bruja--and the most powerful in her family, no matter how much she despises her powers. When she tries to rid herself of her magic at her Deathday, the canto backfires and her entire family is sent into a twisted, dark Wonderland known as Los Lagos. With the help of her best friend and a young brujo, she must traverse a land where everything is dangerous and nothing's as it seems, in order to bring her family back.Labyrinth Lost is an incredible adventure of a book, filled with unique magic and fascinating Latin American lore. Zoraida Cordova's writing is rich, imaginative, and all kinds of wonderful. Perfect for fans of Wonderland and clever fantasy, Labyrinth Lost is a fall must-read. -- Amanda W. (Teens Read Book Club)


A twisty, turning tale of dark family secrets that are slowly revealed in a deliberate pace. We are introduced to the Quinlan family on the eve of the matriarch's death. Slowly, we learn of reasons for Jack Quinlan's escape from his hometown. Tension builds as we are immersed in the family deception. We are left stunned at the explosive ending. Perfect for fans of S. J. Watson.   -- Julie (RBB Staff)

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