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Sat, 7 September | 2:00PM

Bao Phi, MY FOOTPRINTS - Launch Party!
Celebrate the release of My Footprints, the latest picture book from award-winning Minneapolis author and poet Bao Phi at Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul. This beautiful new story is about finding inner courage, rising above bullies, embracing your differences, and the...

Sun, 8 September | 3:00PM

Celebrate the release of Flames of the Dark Crystal, the fourth book in the series of young adult novels by local author J.M. Lee set in the world of Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal! Join J.M. Lee along with fellow author and friend Sarah Ahiers (Assassin's...

Mon, 9 September | 6:30PM

Great Baking Book Event with Rajani LaRocca and MIDSUMMER'S MAYHEM
Bakers and book lovers alike won't want to miss the Great Baking Book Event with special guest Rajani LaRocca, debut author of Midsummer's Mayhem! Join Rajani and select local author contestants for a...

Tue, 10 September | 6:30PM

Christopher Danielson, HOW MANY? - Launch Party!
Head to Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul for an evening storytime and launch party in honor of How Many?, the brand new counting book from local author Christopher Danielson. Talking math with your child is fun and easy with this better approach to counting! Written by a math educator, this innovative book encourages critical thinking and...

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Picture Books

Brave knights, evil princesses, and deeply irritated magic mirrors alike will all find something to love about this wonderful story about siblings and playing together. The jokes and pictures are perfect, which makes it another great addition to the storytime lineup.  — Angela (RBB Staff)

Middle Grade

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By Remy Lai, Remy Lai (Illustrator)

Jingwen is having a rough year. His family just moved from China to Australia, he barely knows any English, and he misses his late father terribly. To cope with it, he decides to make all of his father's favorite cakes. The only catch? His mother has forbidden him from using the oven alone. Told partially in illustrations and partially in text, Jingwen's story is one of finding your place when you feel completely lost and learning to forgive yourself and others for their mistakes. A little salty, very sweet, and as comforting as a perfectly made cake.  — Lily (RBB Staff)

Young Adult

Fie is a Crow—the despised caste responsible for collecting the dead. When the crown prince fakes his death, he draws Fie and her people into a dangerous journey, promising their future protection if they will get him to safety. The fully-imagined magic is original and compelling, and a growing romance helps leaven the grim circumstance, but it was Fie who intrigued me, with her fierce commitment to her honor that drove her to protect her people no matter the cost to herself.  — Joan (RBB Staff)


A charming romance novel about Evvie, a widow freed from a loveless marriage in the worst way possible, and Dean, a pro-baseball player forced to retire because he suddenly can't pitch anymore. After the total collapse of their former lives, Evvie and Dean are both lost, but they find new directions and hope for a new future together. Written by the delightful co-host of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour. — Lily (RBB Staff)

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