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Mon, 14 October | 6:00PM

Penguin Teen Game Night

First there was the Triwizard Tournament. Then the Hunger Games. And now, it’s Penguin Teen Game Night, and you’re invited! (Don’t worry, everyone survives.) Join Penguin Teen and authors Rosaria Munda (Fireborne), Tochi...

Thu, 17 October | 6:30PM

Shana Youngdahl, AS MANY NOWS AS I CAN GET

Fans of realistic young adult fiction won't want to miss an evening with debut author Shana Youngdahl and her new novel, As Many Nows as I Can Get. Told in a non-linear format, this is a complex love story about first year college physics student Scarlett whose past is very much still a part of her present. Join Shana for a reading, Q&A session, and book...

Tue, 22 October | 6:30PM

Jacqueline West, A STORM OF WISHES
Bestselling Minnesota author Jacqueline West (The Books of Elsewhere) returns to Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul to celebrate the release of A Storm of Wishes! In the spellbinding sequel to The Collectors, eleven-year-old Van Markson embarks on a quest full of magic and adventure to rescue his best friend from a dangerous wish collector. Join Jacqueline for a...

Thu, 24 October | 6:30PM

Chan Poling & Lucy Michell, JACK AND THE GHOST
Join us for a more grown-up storytime at Red Balloon Bookshop with Jack and the Ghost, the picture book debut from Minnesota musicians Chan Poling (The New Standards, The Suburbs) and Lucy Michell (Little Fevers, Lucy...

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

Outside is too cold and dangerous (Turtle) and inside is too boring (Croc). This is a delightful new addition to the Croc & Turtle series created by Mike Wohnoutka. The two fast friends work together to find a creative (and surprising) solution. After all, being together is what's best. Wonderful illustrations and unique end papers complement the story. — Susan (RBB Staff)

Middle Grade

Ember is one of the last of the fire dragons, disguised as a human girl for her protection. But the spell can't hide everything—especially not her occasional spontaneous combustion. To protect her adoptive father, Ember goes off to stay with her aunt in Antarctica, where the darkness will keep her fire calm. But when she learns about plans to hunt the ice dragons to extinction—just like her birth parents were hunted—Ember won't stand for it. Can Ember sabotage the hunt without revealing herself? Funny, clever, and fiercely loving, Ember is a wonder—and so is her story.  — Lily (RBB Staff)

Young Adult

It's the end of the world as we know it- at least, that's what government officials are telling people. Apparently, Earth was created by Aliens as an experiment- one that the people of Earth have failed. They have one week before the aliens decide to keep Earth...or destroy it forever. With a possible apocalypse on the horizon, teens Jesse, Cate, and Adeem have one week left to live. For Jesse, this means making his mother proud and not (seriously, he's not going to do it) falling for the new boy in town. Meanwhile, Cate wants to complete her bucket list, including meeting her father for the first time. Adeem looks to the radio to also search for someone- his sister, who ran away from home after coming out. One week before Earth is set to be destroyed, Jesse, Cate, and Adeem must confront their greatest fears and desires and decide what is most important to them.   — Kelsie (RBB Staff)


The Westing Game meets Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next books by way of Edgar Allan Poe and it's a delight! After eccentric billionaire Vincent Pryce dramatically and publicly dies, he invites the whole city to participate in a treasure hunt that will culminate at his funeral. Researcher extraordinaire Tuesday Mooney and her friends dive headfirst into the challenge, discovering morbid secrets, skeletons in closets, and a decades-old mystery on their way to an unnamed reward. A little spooky, a lot nerdy, and entirely fun. — Lily (RBB Staff)

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