Red Balloon Bookshop welcomes bestselling author  Shannon Messenger  back to St. Paul with  Flashback , the seventh thrilling installment in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series! Join Shannon and your friendly neighborhood booksellers for a talk, game, and book signing at SteppingStone Theatre . This is a ticketed eventreserve yours below!
Saturday, Nov. 3, 3:00 pm
M él ina Mangal, THE VAST WONDER OF THE WORLD launch party!  
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 10:30 am
LITTLE ELLIOT storytime with Mike Curato! Details Here

Saturday, Nov. 10, 10:30 am
Elizabeth Verdick, SMALL WALT AND MO THE TOW launch party & storytime!  
Saturday, Nov. 10, 3:00 pm
SPARK creativity workshop with Andrea Debbink!
Central Speaker Series | Shannon Gibney
Monday, Nov. 12, 7:00 pm | Central High School Library, St. Paul
We'll be selling books at the Central Speaker Series! Please join us as Shannon Gibney reads from her new critically-acclaimed young adult novel, Dream Country, the heartbreaking story of five generations of young people from a single African-and-American family pursuing an elusive dream of freedom.

By Juan Felipe Herrera, Lauren Castillo (Illustrator)

Herrera remembers moments from his early life, and invites his readers to imagine what similar moments in their lives might lead to. Gorgeous, lush illustrations move us to dream about the possibilities in our own lives, as the child grows into the perhaps surprising accomplishments of his adult life. A beautiful gift for a child or an adult!  — Joan (RBB Staff)
Sanity & Tallulah
By Molly Brooks

A very fun graphic novel about space, mad scientists, and friendship! Perfect for fans of Catstronauts or Zita the Spacegirl . Plus it includes a fabulously diverse cast, a mutant three-headed kitten, and a few space smugglers. What more do you want?    — Lily (RBB Staff)
Four Three Two One
By Courtney Stevens

Golden "Go" Jennings is one of four survivors from a tragic bus explosion in New York City. Her boyfriend, Chan, is one of the other survivors. Ever since the explosion, a man has been working to create an art exhibition of the remains to honor the dozens of lives lost. When it is announced that the exhibition will open to the public and that a scholarship fund has been created for the survivors, Go decides its time to return to NYC. But how can she leave her small town when she (basically) just got engaged? It will take 2 other survivors, a new friend, a few cars, and a whole lot of courage to get Go back to New York in time for the opening.   — Kelsie (RBB Staff)
Kingdom of the Blind: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel 
By Louise Penny
Pre-order Kingdom of the Blind from Red Balloon Bookshop and receive an exclusive, signed first edition! (While supplies last.)

There's plenty to love and keep you guessing in the latest installment of the Inspector Gamache series from Louise Penny. Gamache is still suspended and under investigation for letting a huge volume of opiods slip through his hands when he's named executor of a stranger's will, a huge blizzard descends, and a body turns up. Because why have one ticking clock, when you can have a three AND a blizzard?! A great detective thriller with a hearty dose of loveable village characters thrown inthis is a perfect winter read for new and established fans of the series! — Angela (RBB Staff)
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The gift that keeps on giving!

Every month we hand-select and send books (sometimes signed ones!) to the lucky readers on your list. We tailor book selection based on child’s age, reading level, and interests . We’ll send emails to the giver each month to let them know which books were sent, and we keep a record of all books sent to the child to avoid duplications. Learn more here!
Get to Know a Bookseller in 3 Questions!
- Angela -
Events & Marketing Manager | at RBB since 2014

1.) Describe your favorite sub-genre(s) of books in just a few words.
Rollicking adventures (preferably with some kissing), blood magic witches (YA or Adult), space opera, middle grade horror, brightly colored picture books with opportunities for sound effects and/or funny voices.   

2.) What did you want to be when you were growing up?
   A doctor on a starship (like Beverly Crusher), an archaeologist (like Amelia Peabody), a novelist.

3.) If you could be an animal, what animal would you like to be?
Battle Unicorn. (I would have awesome armor and special horn-focused attacks AND magical unicorn healing powers. It would be sweet. [And deadly.])   
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