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Sat, 25 January | 4:00PM

Sarah Deming, GRAVITY

Red Balloon Bookshop is thrilled to welcome boxing journalist and author Sarah Deming to St. Paul in honor of her new young adult novel, Gravity.  Gravity "Doomsday" Delgado is good at breaking things. But now that she's working with a legendary coach, boxing is helping her break records, competitors, and the barriers she's set for herself. If she can just stay...

Sun, 26 January | 10:00AM to 12:00PM

Junior Wizard Winter House Cup
Aspiring members of the Wizarding World and discreet Muggles of all ages are invited to the Junior Wizard Winter House Cup at Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul! Guests will be sorted into houses (just for the day) and will work with their housemates to earn points while completing an assortment of wizarding challenges. Challenges will include crafts, a scavenger hunt, and party games! Refreshments...

Tue, 28 January | 6:00PM to 8:00PM

Winter Wizarding House Cup
Witches, Wizards, and discreet Muggles aged 11 and up are invited to compete in the Winter Wizarding House Cup at Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul! Guests will be sorted into houses (just for the night) and will compete for the title of Winter Wizard House Cup Champion. Houses will be awarded points for completing assorted wizarding challenges including trivia, crafts, a scavenger hunt, and The...

Sat, 8 February | 2:00PM

Derek Anderson, THE SHARK REPORT - Launch Party!
Get ready for The Shark Report, the funny, fact-filled new chapter book by local author Derek Anderson! Join Derek and your friends at Red Balloon for a behind the scenes look into the making of this new book. You can also try your luck at the...

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Picture Books

Meowgnificent cat facts for fans of felines! Short biographies of thirty pawsome historical cats are interspersed with cat trivia of all kinds—anatomy, behavior, mentions in literature, etc. Pawrticularly purrfect tails include Tama: Japan's Furriest Stationmaster, Beerbohm: Scene-Stealing Theater Cat, Pitoutchi: The Kitty Who Fooled the German Army, and Humphrey: Chief Mouser of the British Isles. This book will whisker you off your feet! — Lily (RBB Staff)

Middle Grade

At age 13 (82 in dog years) Cosmo knows his life’s purpose is to love and protect the Walker family--especially 12-year-old tender-hearted Max. Now the family is facing challenges. The parents are arguing more and it seems that divorce is coming. Cosmo will do everything he can to make sure he and Max stay together, including learning to dance. Yes, this book has dogs who dance! Cosmo’s narration is completely charming --full of wit, wisdom, and heart. Warning, if you don’t already have a family dog--you will want one after meeting Cosmo! — Holly (RBB Staff)

Young Adult

If Lady Victoria Aston would like to save her family estate, she must marry quickly--whether she wants to or not. Unfortunately for Lady Victoria, Jane Austen's novels are her only guide for how to accomplish this successfully, and mysterious, often dangerous accidents keep cropping up around her. If you're looking for a delightful Regency romance and/or mystery, this is the one! — Angela (RBB Staff)


Cérulia, Princess of Weirandale, has been left with a family in the country, and soon realizes that she has the magic that flows through all the women in her family. She must master this magic, and fight her way into becoming the queen she is destined to be. But, of course, this isn't easy, and I can't wait to find out what happens in books 2-4! A great fantasy read for lovers of long, immersive books that pull you into another world. — Julie (RBB Staff)

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