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Calling all girls in 5th - 7th grade! Grab your mom and bring her to Red Balloon’s Girls (and Moms) Read Book Club. Meet other girls and moms and share the fun of reading. Girls (and Moms) Read meets every fourth Monday. For January, the group will be discussing One Came Home by Amy Timberlake. Call the store, 651-224-8320, for more information and to sign up.
Join Children’s Theatre Company for a storytime and activity around Jan Brett’s The Mitten, plus enter to win tickets to CTC’s production created specifically for preschoolers, The Biggest Little House in the Forest.
Buy tickets today for CTC’s production of The Biggest Little House in the Forest, on stage Feb 3 - March 15. Visit ...
Do you find yourself reading books for teenagers even though those years have passed? Do you have a hard time remembering the last adult book you read? You are not alone! Join Red Balloon’s new (Not-So) Young Adult Book Club, a group for adults who love Young Adult literature. We’ll meet every 1st Monday and discuss one fantastic, fun YA book a month. All books will be chosen by group members. Book...
YA author Elizabeth Eulberg invites you to Red Balloon Bookshop’s YA Slumber Party, featuring Elizabeth’s new book, We Can Work it Out, a return to the world of The Lonely Hearts Club! Wear your PJs and join in the fun with slumber-party-themed games, grub, and giveaways. Learn about the creation of Elizabeth’s Beatles-themed series, hear exclusive details in our Q&A, get your...
I picked up this book because it is beautiful, with illustrations that remind me of Philip Stead’s work. I didn’t expect to be helplessly laughing by halfway through the book, though the expression on the squirrel’s face on the cover should have been a clue! When the moon gets stuck in Mr. Squirrel’s tree, he worries that he will be thought a thief, so he works to get rid of the evidence. Which is harder than he thought, leading to hilarity as worse comes to worse (oh, his terrible imaginings of life in jail!) involving a hapless hedgehog, a goat, flies, and many mice. Will Mr. Squirrel prevail, or will he spend the rest of his life in captivity (very small toilet included)? -Joan
What do you do when your mom is gone forever, your dad is off looking for whales in Hudson Bay, and you are stuck in a little Manitoba town in the dead of winter? All Talia can do is WAIT, keep adding wishes to her secret jar, and try to make sense of things. It’s been a hard year, but new experiences and new friends are there to be discovered--if she can just learn to be open to them. If you like the writing of Sheila O’Connor (Sparrow Road) and Esther Ehrlich (Nest), you’ll enjoy this poignant first novel by Minnesota author Beth Hautala. - Barb
Stunningly Beautiful. Informative. And just so very cool! This is the first title in a new series “Welcome to the Museum” and just like the world’s best museums, it is a well-curated collection of exhibits (or in this case pages). A lovely book that is sure to engage readers and viewers for hours and hours. -Holly
All Fall Down is the first in the Embassy Row series. I had so much fun reading this. Grace Blakely knows her mother was murdered, and she knows that the man who did it is near. She knows this because she witnessed it. Unfortunately, nobody believes her. She is treated like a child, and a liar. She is sent to live with her grandfather at the US Embassy, and it’s there that things start to heat up. It is there that she comes face to face with her mother’s murderer, a man with a scar on his face. Grace makes friends with a few of the other embassy kids, and they form a great team to try and capture the man with a scar on his face. A great mystery, that I thought I had figured out, but then a twist, and another twist. Oh man, I love that kind of story. I won’t tell you if I was right. Find out for yourself! - Julie
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