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Sat, 23 September | 10:30AM

Lauren Stringer The Shape of the WorldMinneapolis illustrator Lauren Stringer helps celebrate the 150th birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright with her beautiful illustrations in The Shape of the World: A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright, a new picture book biography of the famous architect. Join Lauren at Red Balloon for a Saturday morning launch party for The Shape of the World...

Fri, 29 September | 7:00PM

Grisha, con-artists, and readers of all sorts are invited to an evening in St. Paul with bestselling author Leigh Bardugo and the Midnight Tales Tour! Red Balloon Bookshop will use the Small Science to transform SteppingStone Theatre into Ravka’s Small Palace in honor of The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic, the new short story collection set in the world of the Grisha. Come...

Sat, 30 September | 10:30AM

Celebrate your right to read! Red Balloon is hosting a Banned Books Storytime in honor of Banned Books Week.  We'll be reading a selection of our favorite picture books that have been challenged or banned in public and school libraries throughout the United States. We’ll let you know what the objections to the book were that led to the challenge. Decide for yourself if...

Sat, 30 September | 4:00PM

Ben Hatke, MIGHTY JACK AND THE GOBLIN KING

Grab your adventuring gear and prepare for an afternoon of excitement with Ben Hatke and his latest graphic novel, Mighty Jack and the Goblin King.  Come meet the bestselling author and illustrator of Mighty Jack, Zita the Spacegirl, and Julia’s Home for Lost Creatures. We’ll hear all about Jack’s latest adventure, talk about...

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

I love this book! I'm sorry Cirocco, but I DID have fun. It's a great book to read aloud. The mouse has a pretentious voice, fun to imitate, and although he promises we will not have fun, he is wrong. After all, we get to watch him "shake his bottom" as it were. Who wouldn't enjoy that? -- Julie (RBB Staff)


Middle Grade

The excellent mix of adventure, great characters, and writing that I sometimes have to stop and re-read for the beauty of it. Rosa's mother, a ghost appeasement specialist, isn't functioning since they moved, so when an apparition threatens the town of Ingot--a town that is known for having no ghosts--it's up to Rosa to figure out how to save the day. Ghosts, swordplay, horses, friendship--and an opinion about turkey legs at a Renaissance Festival--make this a fun, exciting read.  -- Joan (RBB Staff)


Young Adult

Set in a slightly different version of 2017, Adam Silvera's third novel takes place over the course of one day and revolves around two teen boys, Rufus and Mateo, who find out that they're going to be dying on the same day. In Silvera's 2017, there is a service called "Death Cast" that calls you to let you know that you're going to die, though you don't get to know how or at what time. Rufus and Mateo get the call on the same day, and connect through an app called "Last Friend" that lets you connect with other dying people. Wanting to make the most of their last day, Rufus and Mateo set out to say their goodbyes, take risks, and become who they always wanted to be.  -- Kelsie (RBB Staff)


This is the story of a man wrongfully convicted of a murder and how Trell, his fourteen-year-old daughter, and an experienced investigative journalist are determined to prove his innocence. Despite disappointments and many moments of danger, Trell never gives up on fighting for justice for her father. Based on a true story and written by a well-known Boston Globe reporter. A page turner!  -- Holly (RBB Staff)


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