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Tue, 25 September | 6:30PM

Don your disguises and gallop down to Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul to celebrate the latest adventure of the Princess in Black! The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare by Shannon and Dean Hale is on sale today and we're so excited we're having a party! Pick up your copy of the sixth...

Sat, 29 September | 2:00PM

Aimée Bissonette, AIM FOR THE SKIES You're invited to a book launch celebration in honor of Minnesota author Aimée Bissonette and her new book,Aim for the Skies: Jerrie Mock and Joan Merriam Smith's Race to Complete...

Thu, 4 October | 6:30PM

Kwame Alexander, SWING

Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Kwame Alexander is coming to Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul. Join the author of The Crossover as he discusses Swing, his new young adult novel in verse.


Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling...

Sat, 6 October | 10:30AM

Alexs Pate, BEING YOU

Celebrate the release of Being You, the debut picture book from acclaimed Minnesota author Alexs Pate. Join the author for a reading and chat about this empowering new picture book. Alexs Pate will share his story with us and take questions from the audience. Then we'll all celebrate with post-storytime treats! All are welcome at this family storytime and author...

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

Picture Books

Beautiful, moving story of a young Dreamer, and the power books have to make her a place to belong. Incredible illustrations, and simple, powerful words that evoke the compassion in us. — Joan (RBB Staff)

Middle Grade

A hilarious addition to the world of first chapter books, Mac Undercover is the story of author Mac Barnett's totally real past as a spy for the Queen of England. When the Crown Jewels are stolen, it's up to Mac to get them back, armed only with his one pair of perfect blue jeans, a mostly-useless corgi, a GameBoy, and a pair of night-vision sunglasses. Very funny (and secretly about a little more than spy hijinks), this is the perfect book for the budding mystery fan.  — Lily (RBB Staff)

Young Adult

For generations, ravens, hawks, and other birds of prey have been tamed and groomed into human companions...and weapons. Twins Kylee and Brysen have spent their whole lives training in the bird business. However, Brysen runs off to the battle pits or to his boyfriend most nights, so Kylee is left to shoulder the weight of the business on her own. All she has to do is finish paying off her father's debts and then she'll be free, but when Brysen takes on an impossible task--to trap a ghost eagle in order to save his boyfriend's life--Kylee decides to follow him. On a race to the top of the mountain where the ghost eagle resides, Kylee and Brysen run into friends and foes alike, and nothing can prepare them for what they find at the end of their adventure. Readers will be begging for a sequel as soon as they turn the last page. —Kelsie (RBB Staff)

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