Red Balloon Bookshop is celebrating the release of  Isle of You, the latest book from local author  David LaRochelle  at a very special Saturday storytime!
How can you make a book more special? Come meet the author and have your book signed!
Saturday, Feb. 2, 3:00 pm
H.M. Bouwman, A TEAR IN THE OCEAN launch party !    
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 10:30 am
Bearnard storytime with Deborah Underwood !    
Saturday, Feb. 9, 10:30 am
M ike Wohnoutka, CROC & TURTLE launch part y!    
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6:30 pm
Anne Ursu, THE LOST GIRL launch part y!    
What is Given from the Heart
By Patricia C. McKissack, April Harrison (Illustrator)

The chickens aren't only scratching for bugs in the dirt, they are leaving messages! The children on the farm tell us all about the chickens and what they have to say. I especially love that all of the white chickens are called Joyce because Abbey's mother Joyce loves white chickens. This is a sweet story filled with chicken antics sending the message to the kids on the farm that they are loved.  — Julie (RBB Staff)
Dragon Pearl
By Yoon Ha Lee

Min has never been off of her dusty, poorly-terraformed planet, but she longs to follow her brother, Jun, into the Space Force so that they can explore the universe together. So when a government investigator shows up to tell them that Jun has gone AWOL, Min can't believe it. She runs away to find him and clear his name, relying on her fox-magic as she encounters mercenaries, ghosts, and generals. Along the way, her mission broadens—finding Jun is still top priority, but somehow she also needs to help a ghost, protect her new friends, and find the legendary and powerful Dragon Pearl. With incredible world-building and a prickly but relatable main character, this next installment in the Rick Riordan Presents imprint is out of this world. Literally. — Lily (RBB Staff)
The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy
By Mackenzi Lee

Zounds! Mackenzi Lee's done it again! In this delightful second volume of the Montague siblings' adventures, Felicity is dead set on becoming a doctor, even though none of the medical schools admit women. She's considering giving up when an unlikely opportunity to work with her medical idol appears. The only problem? He's about to marry her former best friend, emphasis on the former. As Felicity dives head-first into her ambitions, she learns that being a feminist doesn't mean putting down women who aren't like her, and that teaming up with other ladies might be the best way to live her dreams. Funny, diverse, and very clever, this is the rare sequel that's as good as the first.   — Lily (RBB Staff)
By Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen

This psychological thriller is both very psychological and very thrilling. I read until the wee hours and my dreams were disturbed. I was happy to wake up this morning. I loved it! Jessica Farris thinks the psychology study she signed up for will be a quick, easy way to make money. She is wrong, so very wrong. Soon her world is turned upside down, and she doesn't know what is real and what isn't. A paranoiac look at how far someone will go when an obsession takes over. — Julie (RBB Staff)
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Happy New Year!
All of us at Red Balloon are starting 2019 with an incredible feeling of gratitude. Thanks to you, we had a very festive and successful holiday season. And thanks to many of you for making donations to the  Be An Angel Book Drive . Together, we donated over  500 books to SPPS Project Reach.

All of us at Red Balloon look forward to sharing many more great books and experiences with you in 2019!
It's time for another giveaway!
Every once in a while we have a drawing to give away something fun to our readers. We are starting the new year with a $25 Red Balloon gift card . One lucky person can add to their reading selections for these cold January days.

To enter this drawing, please send an email to with your name and phone number. All emails must be received by the end of the day,  Monday, January 7.  The winner will be notified on Tuesday, January 8 . Happy New Year!
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