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Andrea Cremer, The Inventor's Secret - Launch Party!

Tuesday, Apr 22, 6:30 pm

Andrea Cremer

New from Andrea Cremer, the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade novels, comes an action-packed alternate-history steampunk adventure, The Inventor’s Secret! Join Andrea aboard the Red Balloon Airship as we celebrate the launch of her thrilling new series.  Come for steampunk activities, a book signing, and refreshments. Steampunk cosplay is encouraged!

Andrea Cremer is the internationally bestselling author of the Nightshade series, which includes Nightshade, Wolfsbane, Bloodrose, Snakeroot, Rift and Rise. She is also the author of Invisibility, which she co-wrote with David Levithan. When she's not writing novels, Andrea puts her Ph.D. to work teaching classes in writing and history at Macalester College. She lives in Minneapolis, MN. You can visit her online at www.AndreaCremer.com or follow her on Twitter @andreacremer.

Guys Read Book Club

Thursday, Apr 24, 7:00 pm

Guys Read

Attention Boys! If you’re a guy in 4th -6th grade, then you’re welcome to join the Guys Read Book Club at Red Balloon. Every month the group will pick an awesome book to read and talk about. Bring along a male adult. Dad. Brother. Uncle. Cousin. Neighbor. Friend. Etc. (Because believe it or not, they were once boys too!) This month we'll be discussing Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. For more info and to sign up, please call Red Balloon: 651-224-8320.


YA Author Party featuring Molly Backes, James Klise, and Philip Siegal!

Friday, Apr 25, 6:30 pm

Local teens, please join us for an entertaining evening of SECRETS, SCANDALS and SABOTAGE, when we welcome three Chicago-area YA authors: M. Molly Backes, The Princesses of Iowa, James Klise, The Art of Secrets, and Philip Siegel, The Break-Up Artist.

 All three authors combine humor and suspense in their realistic stories about contemporary teens in crisis. These guests will read from their acclaimed new novels, answer questions from the audience, and sign books. Refreshments will be served.


Michael Hall, It's an Orange Aardvark!

Saturday, Apr 26, 10:30 am

Michael HallAcclaimed New York Times bestselling picture book creator Michael Hall delivers a funny and suspenseful story about ants, aardvarks, and rainbows in It’s an Orange Aardvark! Come to Red Balloon’s Aardvark Party to celebrate the publication of this new book! Meet author and illustrator Michael Hall, play aardvark games and activities, and celebrate with cake!

Michael Hall’s bestselling books include Perfect Square, My Heart is Like a Zoo, and Cat Tale. He is the co-owner and principal designer at Hall Kelley, Inc., and lives with his family in Minnesota.


Maud Hart Lovelace Awards

Saturday, Apr 26, 2:00 pm

Maud Hart Lovelace AwardsHappy Birthday, Maud Hart Lovelace! Red Balloon Bookshop will celebrate by hosting the live announcement of the Maud Hart Lovelace Awards for 2013-14!  The awards are children's choice book awards and part of the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards. Their purpose is to encourage recreational reading among school-age children.

Celebrate this year’s winners, hear the announcement of next year’s nominees, enjoy a presentation by Maud from the History Players, register to win Red Balloon gift cards, take home a bag of book-related goodies, and celebrate with birthday cake! www.maudhartlovelace.org


More Upcoming Events... Details coming soon!

Sat, May 3, 10:30 am - Cat in the Hat Storytime with Children's Theatre Company

Sat, May 3, 2:00 pm - Craft Day!

Sun, May 4, 2:00 pm - "May the 4th be with You" Star Wars Party!

Mon, May 5, 6:30 pm - Girls (and Moms) Read Book Club

Friday, May 9, 6:30 pm - Rebecca Hahn, Creature of Moonlight - Launch Party! 

Sat, May 10, 10:30 am - Lauren Stringer (illus.), Deer Dancer - Launch Party!

May 12-May 17 - Children's Book Week - activities and prizes all week long! 

Thurs, May 15, 6:30 pm - Chapter & Verse Book Club

Thur, May 15, 7:00 pm - Guys Read Book Club

Sat, May 17, 10:30 am - Indies First Storytime Day

Sat, May 17, 2:00 pm - Community Reporter Poetry Contest Winners 

Mon, May 19, 6:30 pm - Teens Read Book Club

Sun, June 1 - Grand Old Day

Tues, June 17, 6:30 pm - Jacqueline West, Still Life (The Books of Elsewhere #5) - Launch Party!

Sun, June 22, 5:00 pm - Fierce Reads Tour with Leigh Bardugo (Shadow and Bone), Ava Dellaira (Love Letters to the Dead), Emmy Laybourne (Monument 14), and Jennifer Mathieu (The Truth About Alice)

Fri, June 27, 6:30 pm - Joelle Charbonneau, Graduation Day (The Testing #3)


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