Join  Maggie Stiefvater , the bestselling author of the Raven Cycle , for an evening of stories, books, and maybe a bit of magic in honor of her newest book,  All the Crooked Saints . Maggie will give a talk, read from  All the Crooked Saints , take questions, and sign books.
Tickets are not required to attend, but they do reserve you a spot in the signing line !
How can you make a book more special? Come meet the author and have your book signed!
Jessica Cluess, Nov. 2, 6:30 pm
Sorcerers, witches, magicians, and monsters take note:  Jessica Cluess  is coming to St. Paul on tour for  A Poison Dark and Drowning , the latest installment of the Kingdom on Fire series. Details here
Elizabeth Verdick, Nov. 4, 10:30 am
Celebrate the release of  Small Walt  the latest picture book from  Elizabeth Verdick . We’ll enjoy a special storytime with the author, themed activities, and a chance to get your books signed. Details here
Chris Grabenstein, Nov. 6, 6:30 pm
The fabulous, fantastic  Chris Grabenstein   is coming to St. Paul with  Mr. Lemoncello and the Great Library Race !  Join the bestselling author of the Mr. Lemoncello books for a fun-filled evening of books, puzzles, questions, and more!   Details here
Let's Talk YA Panel, Nov. 7, 6:30 pm
We’ll be chatting with  Sara Shepard Livia Blackburne , and  E.K. Johnston about their new books, writing, life as an author, and more. Enjoy a panel discussion, Q&A about why we love YA, themed activities, and great company. Details here
By Corey R. Tabor

Fox and his animal friends are preparing for their annual bike ride, but he has something extra exciting planned this year. Scheming is what he does best, after all! Corey Tabor's vibrant, dynamic illustrations suck the reader into the story, and his text includes plenty of repetition to help new readers find their way.  — Angela (RBB Staff)
The Witch Boy (Hardcover)
By Molly Knox Ostertag

In Aster's world, everyone has magic, but society decides how you use it. Boys become shapeshifters & girls become witches. But Aster is fascinated by witch magic and determined to learn it anyway, even though his parents & teachers don't approve. When something terrible happens, it may be be that Aster's unique combination of magical knowledge is the only thing that can save the day. Adventurous, beautifully illustrated, and smart, this book reminds us--the patriarchy hurts boys, too.    — Lily (RBB Staff)
Calling My Name (Hardcover)
By Liara Tamani

This novel, told in narrative snapshots, is about a young African American girl, Taja. Growing up in Texas, Taja is the daughter of very religious parents. In Calling My Name, Taja experiences her first crush, first kiss, first love, and first heartbreak. She also struggles with her relationship with God, which is put to the test when she gets her first boyfriend. Calling My Name is a beautifully written debut novel that would be perfect for people looking for something to read after The Hate U Give or American Street .    — Kelsie (RBB Staff)
Th rill Me: Essays on Fiction (Paperback)
By Benjamin Percy

For readers, as well as for writers--anyone who wants to know how the magicians pull the rabbits out of the hat, or want to know how to do it themselves. Percy draws on usually-scorned "genre" fiction to see how to pull readers through the pages, and even draws on kid's books. Fascinating, and simply enjoyable. — Joan (RBB Staff)
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Give books all year long with Red Balloon's Bookshop in a Box Program!
Share the love of reading with the children and teens in your life with the Red Balloon Bookshop in a Box Program! Throughout the year we hand-select and send books to the lucky readers on your list. We tailor book selection based on child's age, reading level, and interests. A perfect holiday gift! Learn more here .
Enter our NaNoWriMo giveaway!
Congratulations to Stacey and Tara, who won the tickets to see John Green . This month, in honor of NaNoWriMo , we are giving away 2 noveling kits. Click here to be entered in the drawing. In the email, please include your full name and phone number. Email must be received by 7pm on Thursday, Nov. 2 . Winners will be notified on Friday, Nov. 3. (This, btw, is your reward for scrolling all the way down this newsletter!)  Learn more about NaNoWriMo at Red Balloon here .
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