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Mark Leiknes, QUEST KIDS AND THE DRAGON PANTS OF GOLD

Event date: 
Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Adventure awaits this Thursday at Red Balloon, where we'll be celebrating local author and cartoonist Mark Leiknes's hilarious new novel, Quest Kids and the Dragon Pants of Gold!

With humor, magic, mystery, and at least one acid swamp filled with skeletal alligators, Quest Kids and the Dragon Pants of Gold is a richly illustrated saga of fantasy friendship for readers from all kingdoms! Mark will read from Quest Kids and chat with special guest author Jacqueline West about this adventure-romp of a book. There will be time for audience questions, followed by a good old-fashioned signing line.

To Attend: Space is limited, so a ticket is required to attend this event. You can register for a ticket through September 22, 4:30pm, and pre-order a book below. Additional books will be available for purchase the night of the event. Face coverings are required of all guests for the duration of this event, and food and drink are not allowed. Red Balloon will have disposable masks on hand if you find yourself without.

Signing Guidelines: Following the talk, Mark will sign and personalize copies of the book. If you would prefer not to stay for the signing portion, Red Balloon is happy to have your books signed and personalized for you and will contact you when they're ready to be picked up.


Mark Leiknes lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife and three kids. He produced a nationally syndicated comic strip (Cow & Boy) for eight years and now he writes and illustrates books for kids.

Jacqueline West is the author of the NYT-bestselling middle grade series The Books of Elsewhere, the Schneider Family Award Honor Book The Collectors, the YA horror novel Last Things, and several other odd and twisty books for young readers including her most recent novel, Long Lost.