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March 2016


News and reviews from Red Balloon Bookshop! March 2016
Hooray for Spring!
Whether you're craving a sunny book or filling Easter baskets, Red Balloon has a great selection of spring books, games, and toys. Here's a sample of some of our favorites; hop in to the store for even more!
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Upcoming Eventsback to top

3/4 - Heather Anastasiu & Anne Greenwood Brown  Meet two awesome local authors and celebrate the release of their co-written thriller for teens!  More »


3/5 - Dr. Seuss Storytime with The Cat in the Hat  Kick off "Read Across America" week with a special storytime with a VERY special guest. More »


3/7 - The (Not-So) Young Adult Book Club  Adult readers: embrace your love of YA and join us! March's book: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.  More »


 3/14 - Kids Read Book Club  A book club for kids in 3rd-4th grade (or equivalent reading level). March's selection: Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look.  More »


 3/14 - Girls Read Book Club  A book club for girls in 5th-7th grade and their moms! March's book selection is The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney.   More »


 3/21 - Teens Read Book Club  Each month, teens select an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) to read and review. Email to join the waiting list.   More »


 3/23 - Ursula Vernon  Bestselling author of the Danny Dragonbreath series visits with her newest Hamster Princess book, Of Mice and Magic!  More »


3/24 - Guys Read Book Club    Attention, boys in 5th-7th grade! Bring along a male adult to discuss March's selection, The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forrester.   More »


 3/26 - Penguin Teen on Tour  One Night. Six Authors. Meet some of YA's finest: Karen Bao, Alison Goodman, Alwyn Hamilton, Rachel Hawkins, Sabaa Tahir, & April Genevieve Tucholke.   More »


 3/31 - Marie Rutkoski  Join us for a night of fun and intrigue with Marie and her thrilling conclusion to the Winner Trilogy, The Winner's Kiss!  More »


Recommended Readsback to top
Ida, Always Ida, Always by Caron Levis, Charles Santoso (illus.)
Published: Simon and Schuster, Feb 2016; Recommended Age: 3-6
Ida and Gus are polar bears. And best friends. But Ida falls ill, and the zookeeper tells Gus she will die. Like the zookeeper's words to Gus, the story's words are soft, but they don't dodge the deep feelings the two friends have as they come to terms with their grief. The gentle illustrations and the honest text make this an excellent way to help a child with their own feelings while suffering a loss. -- Joan (RBB Staff)
Daniel Finds a Poem Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books, Feb 2016; Recommended Age: 4+
Young Daniel asks the question, "What is poetry?", and gets all sorts of answers from the creatures in his favorite park. The spider sees poetry in the glistening dewdrops on its web; the owl thinks it's the bright stars and moonlight. In the end, Daniel discovers poetry is everywhere--and comes up with his own poem! I really love the richly-colored collage illustrations; the stones and the cattails are almost touchable. What a great story for a budding naturalist! -- Barb (RBB Staff)
The Land of Forgotten Girls The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly
Published: Greenwillow Books, March 2016; Recommended Age: 8-12
Sol and Ming move from the Philippines to Louisiana with their father and stepmother. When their father leaves and doesn't return, they are left with their evil stepmother. This is an empowering story about hope, love and the power of imagination when facing incredible hardship. "The Land of Forgotten Girls" showcases one of the best sister relationships I've read in a long time. -- Amanda (RBB Staff)
My Life With the Liars My Life with the Liars by Caela Carter (Available March 8th)
Published: HarperCollins, March 2016; Recommended Age: 8-12
Days before her thirteenth birthday, Zylynn is taken out of the compound where she grew up, to the outside, which, she has been told, contains liars and darkness. She is confused and scared when she finds out that everything she learned about the outside isn't true and the compound where she lived is different than she thought it was. Now, she must choose to stay in the outside with the dark or live in the light in the compound, but she doesn't know the secrets about each one. I really enjoyed this book. The plot kept me hooked and I wanted to find out the truth about Zylynn's life. -- Payton (Teens Read Book Club)
Tru & Nelle Tru & Nelle by G. Neri
Published: Harcourt Brace and Company, March 2016; Recommended Age: 9+
When writers Truman Capote and Harper Lee were kids, they both lived in Monroeville, Alabama, and they forged a friendship that lasted many years. They must have made an odd couple, which is why this story of their imagined adventures as amateur detectives is such fun! One minute I was laughing, the next minute I was holding my breath, and at times I wanted to cry (because both Tru and Nelle had tough family lives). Great characters and wonderful storytelling--I loved it! -- Barb (RBB Staff)
Hour of the Bees Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar (Available March 8th)
Published: Candlewick, March 2016; Recommended Age: 10-14
Carol (short for Carolina), doesn’t want to spend the summer on her grandfather’s dusty farm where the water is as scarce as the wi-fi, especially since she doesn’t know how far his dementia has progressed. But when she gets there, the farm is full of stories about a magical tree, a hundred-year drought, and a storm of bees. Carol’s attention is caught. Could the stories her grandfather is telling be true? Mixing magic and reality, this story is about families, about love and loss, and about the terrible cost and great rewards of living life fully. -- Lillian (RBB Staff)
Rebel of the Sands Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (Available March 8th)
Published: Viking, March 2016; Recommended Age: 12+
I loved this one from the very place it began—in the pistol pit! This fabulous adventure story has just about EVERYTHING you might want: a compelling and competent heroine, desert magic (including djinni, horses made of wind and sand, etc…), gunfights, train robbery, revolution, secret identities, and a good dash of romance. It's all of the best bits of every great Western mixed carefully with some wondrous things from the 1,001 Nights, served up as an enchanting treat of a tale. -- Angela (RBB Staff)
Into The Dim Into The Dim by Janet Taylor
Published: Harcourt Brace and Company, March 2016; Recommended Age: 12+
If you love time travel, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and first love, then you will want this book. Hope Walton is a girl who lost her mother, at least she thinks so. An empty coffin is buried; her mother's body was never found. Hope must travel to Scotland and even further to find out her family's truth. This story is a wonderful mix of intrigue, adventure and a tiny bit of romance. -- Julie (RBB Staff)
A Study In Charlotte A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Published: HarperTeen, March 2016; Recommended Age: 14+
A Study In Charlotte tells the tale of the great grandchildren of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson as they solve a murder that they are suspected of committing. A Study In Charlotte was a truly delightful book filled with witty jokes, an intriguing plot, and really wonderful characters. A must-read for fans of the original Sherlock Holmes stories or any of their other adaptations! -- Tamara (Teens Read Book Club)
Locally Laid Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-Changing Egg Farm - From Scratch by Lucie B. Amundsen
Published: Avery Publishing, March 2016; Recommended Age: Adult
I loved this story of Locally Laid Egg Company. Lucie Amundsen's hilarious, friendly prose grounds her family farm's bigger mission of changing the way eggs are produced in the US in the grueling day-to-day realities of running a farm. This is not so much the story of what the farm does, but the story of what it took to get the farm going. Recommended for lovers of local food, sustainable agriculture, and chickens with great senses of humor. -- Angela (RBB Staff)
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