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Jaya

Jaya
Jayashree Anderson (she/her)
Receiver, Storyteller

Jaya joined the Red Balloon after moving to the Twin Cities from Florida in October 2018. She has been working in bookstores since 2005, and strongly believes in the magic they provide the community. An avid reader since childhood, Jaya always loved to read and can often be found with a book in hand. When not working at Red Balloon, she is probably painting, writing her novels, reading the latest fantasy, or going to concerts with her husband, Jeff. 

Jaya's favorite picture books tend to be funny and fun to read aloud. She enjoys reading YA and Adult books that have magical or fantasical elements, high and traditional fantasy, or scifi with heart. And, every once in a while she'll grab a romcom when the world feels a little too rough.

 

A Few Favorites:

Bear's Scare Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781681197203
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Please call our store for up-to-the-minute stock availability.
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - June 12th, 2018
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Bear like to keep his home tidy, but that all changes when he finds sticky webs. I enjoy reading this book for storytime! Fun and sweet!


Ella and Penguin Stick Together Cover Image
By Megan Maynor, Rosalinde Bonnet (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062330888
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Published: HarperCollins - January 5th, 2016
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Who doesn't love glow in dark stars? But, what if you don't like the dark? This is a sweet book about being brave and supporting your friends. And, I too had tons of glow stars in my bedroom.


Star Wars A Jedi You Will Be Cover Image
By Preeti Chhibber, Mike Deas (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368057240
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Published: Disney Lucasfilm Press - October 6th, 2020
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Perfect for Star Wars fans! Delightful! Enjoy it you will!


The Invention of Hugo Cabret  Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780439813785
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 1st, 2007
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A gorgeous book! A combination of illustrations and text, Brian Selznick weaves a beautiful story. If you enjoyed the film, Hugo, I recommend getting this to share with the whole family.


Dealing with Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book One Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780544541221
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Please call our store for up-to-the-minute stock availability.
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 15th, 2015
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The first book of my favorite fantasy series, The Enchanted Forest Chronicles. Each book features a new chracter, and this one is Cimorene's - she's a princess who's bored, so she convinces a dragon to let her be their assistant. Full of adventure and magic! A great alternative to more well known series.


Ella Enchanted Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780064407052
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Published: HarperCollins - May 2nd, 2017
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The perfect Cinderella retelling! Creative and adventurous, I've reread this fun story many times. Full of great characters and magical beings.


Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781524720995
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Published: Ember - April 7th, 2020
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This squad of misfits is trying to save the universe. Alternating POV's, and full of space excitement. Perfect for fans of Star Wars and Firefly.


Warcross Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780399547973
Availability: Not on our shelves now. Usually ships in 4-7 business days from warehouse.
Published: Speak - June 26th, 2018
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Video game championships are treated like they're the Olympics, but someone is hacking into the game. This book was so much fun! Great for gamers, who are fans of D&D, World of Warcraft, and Final Fantasy.


Over the Woodward Wall (The Up-and-Under #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780765399274
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Published: Tordotcom - October 6th, 2020
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A folktale for adults and kids 9+. Reminescent of Alice in Wonderland and Wizard of Oz, and beautifully written.


The Empress of Salt and Fortune (The Singing Hills Cycle #1) Cover Image
By Nghi Vo
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250750303
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Published: Tordotcom - March 24th, 2020
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A beautiful, feminist story about an empress and her rise to power. Quick, but powerful read. Calm and lyrical yet haunting and emotional.