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May 2016


News and reviews from Red Balloon Bookshop! May 2016
 Red Balloon Bookshop & St. Catherine University's Library and Information Science Program present

Matt de la Peña & Christian Robinson
creators of the 2016 Newbery Award-winning

Last Stop on Market Street
Tuesday, May 17, 6:30 pm | Jeanne d'Arc Auditorium | St. Catherine University | More » 
Save the Date for
Red Balloon's Summer Reading Program,
"Reading is Super!"

Kick off begins Saturday, June 4th, coinciding with Grand Old Days! More »
Congrats, MYRA Winners and
2016-17 Nominees!
MHL and Star of NorthWinners of the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards--the Maud Hart Lovelace and Star of the North Awards--were announced last month. Check out the books chosen by Minnesota readers and order the new nominees for your school or library with Red Balloon's special package!  More »
Upcoming Eventsback to top
Not So YA Book Club
5/2 - The (Not-So) Young Adult Book Club  Adult readers: embrace your love of YA and join us! May's book: The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow.   More »
Maggie Stiefvater
5/4 - Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven King One of the most highly anticipated books of 2016, and Maggie Stiefvater is coming to celebrate!  More »
Elephant & Piggie
5/7 - Elephant & Piggie Storytime, The Thank You Book  A special storytime with Gerald & Piggie for the 25th and final installation in Mo Willem's Elephant & Piggie series.  More »
Keira Cass
5/8 - Kiera Cass, The Crown - Woodbury Middle School  Bestselling author presents final Selection series installment! Formal attire & cosplay encouraged!  More »
Kids Read Book Club
5/9 - Kids Read Book Club A book club for kids in 3rd-4th grade (or equivalent reading level). May's selection: The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd.  More »
Girls Read Book Club
5/9 - Girls Read Book Club  A book club for girls in 5th-7th grade and their moms! May's book selection is The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin.  More »
Richelle Mead
5/12 - Richelle Mead, The Glittering Court  A sweeping adventure with internationally- bestselling author Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy, Bloodlines) and her latest book.  More »
Derek Anderson
5/14 - Derek Anderson, Ten Hungry Pigs  A silly storytime and launch party in honor of Ten Hungry Pigs: An Epic Lunch Adventure!  More »
Sunday Spanish Storytime
5/15 - Sunday Spanish Storytime  Join us for a special Sunday storytime...en Español! Brought to you by Language Sprout Learning Centers.  More »
Teens Read Book Club
5/16 - Teens Read Book Club  Each month, teens select an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) to read and review. Email to join the waiting list.  More »
Last Stop on Market Street
5/17 - Matt de la Peña & Christian Robinson, Last Stop on Market Street - St. Kate's Jeanne d'Arc Auditorium  Meet the 2016 Newbery and Caldecott Honor Medalists!  More »
Guys Read
5/19 - Guys Read Book Club  Attention, boys in 5th-7th grade! Bring along a male adult to discuss May's selection: The Riverman by Aaron Starmer.  More »
Saint Paul Conservatory of Music
5/21 - Saint Paul Conservatory of Music - Class Demo  Add a little music to your morning! Enjoy a Suzuki Method music class demo and some tunes from teaching guitarist Jay Hildebrand!  More »
Maryann Weidt
5/22 - Maryann Weidt, Mama Loved to Worry  A tall tale perfect for worrying mothers everywhere, you won't want to miss this new book!  More »
Recommended Readsback to top
Douglas, You Need Glasses Douglas, You Need Glasses! by Ged Adamson
Published: Schwartz and Wade, May 17th, 2016; Recommended Age: 3-7
Douglas the dog keeps busy playing with his girl Nancy, but he is so nearsighted that things get complicated. So Nancy takes Douglas to the eye doctor for glasses. The vibrant and silly illustrations add to the fun as Douglas selects his first pair of glasses and discovers how amazing everything really looks. The two-page spread of photos of real kids wearing glasses clinches the deal, making this a perfect book for children (or anyone) who need glasses. -- Angela (RBB Staff)
Good Night, Baddies Good Night, Baddies by Deborah Underwood, Juli Kangas (illustrator)
Published: Beach Lane Books, May 17th, 2016; Recommended Age: 4-8
Another wonderful rhyming fairy tale re-take from Deborah Underwood. Juli Kangas’s classic, warm illustrations add to the appeal. This bedtime book is perfect for all of your little dragons, witches, Maleficents, and Jafars! -- Angela (RBB Staff)
The Bear and the Piano The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield
Published: Clarion Books, April 5th, 2016; Recommended Age: 5-7
Bear is a talented piano player that becomes famous in the human world. After much success and accomplishment, he finds he misses his friends and his home. When Bear decides to go back to his roots in the forest, he finds quite a surprise there. A lovely concept with equally beautiful illustrations. -- Kelsie (RBB Staff)
My Book of Birds My Book of Birds by Geraldo Valerio
Published: Groundwood Books, April 12th, 2016; Recommended Age: 5+
This is a great browsing book for bird lovers of any age! The author/illustrator grew up in Brazil, but here he's celebrating the birds of North America. The collage illustrations POP!, and the bits of information are sometimes surprising. (Who knew that mourning doves feed their young on "pigeon milk"? Or that the Great Horned Owl has been known to prey on crows and ospreys?) Get ready to be dazzled! -- Barb (RBB Staff)
Snail and Worm: Three Stories about Two Friends Snail and Worm: Three Stories about Two Friends by Tina Kugler
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, May 3rd, 2016; Recommended Age: 6-9
The humor in Snail and Worm: Three Stories about Two Friends is perfect! These two friends accept each other just as they are, quirks and all. The simple sentences are great for young readers. With a lot of visual punchlines, Snail and Worm is perfect for kids and parents alike. I am still laughing! -- Julie (RBB Staff)
Choose Your Days Choose Your Days by Paula S. Wallace
Published: Cinco Puntos Press, April 12th, 2016; Recommended Age: 7+
This book had me with the dedication: " all loved ones... who have lived their days with courage, compassion, and curiosity." Beautiful illustrations (including end papers) by author Paula S. Wallace enrich a lovely, imaginative way to tell the story of life, of the time we are allotted and the ways we fill it, of beginning and ending. And it's accepting the ending that's difficult, when we still have so much we want to experience. Nevertheless, hope fills the pages, along with sweetness and light. -- Susan (RBB Staff)
Wolf Hollow Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers, May 3rd, 2016; Recommended Age: 10+
Great coming-of-age story from a debut author! I reacted so strongly to the evil Betty character that I caught myself wishing her harm—then regretting my gut feeling. Life, as Annabelle discovers, is never simple, and people are not always what they seem. I enjoy reading thoughtful books like this one! -- Barb (RBB Staff)
Lily and Dunkin Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers, May 3rd, 2016; Recommended Age: 10+
Lily knows she’s a girl, but when other people look at her, they see a boy. She’s afraid that if she shows the world who she really is, the consequences will be devastating. Dunkin is struggling to balance a new town, old grief, and the medication for his bipolar disorder. They have more in common than you might think. Alternating between Lily and Dunkin’s voices, this story beautifully reminds us that the way people seem on the outside isn’t the whole story, whether they look like a boy and are actually a girl or seem to be healthy and happy but are actually struggling with mental health issues. Perfect for fans of Flipped. -- Lillian (RBB Staff)
The Rose and the Dagger The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
Published: Putnam, April 26th, 2016; Recommended Age: 12+
Shahrzad is torn from her husband and faces a land on the brink of war. In this second and final book, Shahrzad takes matters into her own hands despite warnings from her family and friends. She emerges a strong and determined heroine who defies societal and cultural norms. Full of romance, action, and intrigue, never have I enjoyed a sequel and conclusion to a series so much! Fans of The Wrath and the Dawn will enjoy this ending immensely. -- Amanda D. (RBB Staff)
The Crown's Game The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye
Published: Balzer & Bray, May 17th, 2016; Recommended Age: 13+
Vika Andreyev and Nikolai Karimov have both spent their lives training to win the test that will make them the most powerful enchanter in imperial Russia and the adviser to the tsar. However, there is war and powerful dark magic stirring, and the test—the Crown's Game—is coming sooner than either of them were expecting. But the Crown's Game is treacherous, full of trickery and betrayal and, for one of them, death. They have both been trained to be ruthless and ambitious, but can either of them finish what their masters have begun? The Crown's Game is perfect for fans of The Night Circus and narratives taking place in imperial Russia. The rich setting and engaging characters are complemented by an action-packed and romantic plot. However, it is truly Evelyn Skye's beautiful writing that will captivate readers, and The Crown's Game is not a book that will be easily put down. -- Amanda W. (Teens Read Book Club)
Highly Illogical Behavior Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
Published: Dial Books, May 10th, 2016; Recommended Age: 14+
Solomon is sixteen and he hasn't left his house in three years. Lisa desperately wants to leave her boring town and believes that writing a scholarship essay about Solomon's condition will be just the ticket. Befriending Lisa, and her boyfriend, Clark, Sol starts to open his universe. What a fantastic story about friendship, trust, and facing our fears! Witty and charming, this is a definite must-read! -- Stacy (RBB Staff)
Tempt Me: The Fine Art of Minnesota Cooking Tempt Me: The Fine Art of Minnesota Cooking by Linda Koutsky & Kathryn Strand Koutsky
Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press, May 2016; Recommended Age: Adult
This fascinating book on Minnesota cooking history is a treasure trove of classic images and recipes, from Tunnel of Fudge Cake to ads promoting King Midas flour-sack dresses! I just want to take home this book, make a pot of coffee, and peruse it at my leisure. Is it too soon to start a Christmas wish list? -- Barb (RBB Staff)
It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too) It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too) by Nora McInerny Purmort
Published: Dey Street Books, May 24th, 2016; Recommended Age: Adult
Spot-on reflections about what it means to live life day-to-day no matter how difficult the challenges. Or as Nora McInerny Purmort's mother says, "Go in there and be a woman." Chatty and profound at the same time, Purmort talks about how she and her husband, Aaron Purmort, dealt with his cancer diagnosis. They managed to live the three years they had before his death with grace, humor, and dignity. Purmort's point is that a person doesn't need a road map, just needs to live day-by-day as best she can. And you don't need to be perfect. In fact, accept the reality that you won't be perfect as you navigate your life, whatever it brings you. Purmort's life has brought her hard-earned wisdom because she has paid attention and lived it fully. -- Susan (RBB Staff)
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