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The Girl with the Red Balloon
The Girl with the Red Balloon

The Girl with the Red Balloon


The Balloonmakers


288 Pages, 5.5 x 8.25

Formats: Mobipocket, EPUB

EPUB, $7.99 (US $7.99) (CA $10.99)

Publication Date: September 2017

ISBN 9780807529355

Rights: WOR

Albert Whitman & Company (Sep 2017)
AW Teen


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When sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum accidentally time-travels via red balloon to 1988 East Berlin, she’s caught up in a conspiracy of history and magic. She meets members of an underground guild in East Berlin who use balloons and magic to help people escape over the Wall—but even to the balloon makers, Ellie’s time travel is a mystery. When it becomes clear that someone is using dark magic to change history, Ellie must risk everything—including her only way home—to stop the process.


"Loved this magical devastation!" —Heidi Heilig, author, The Girl From Everywhere and The Ship Beyond Time

"Through interlocking timelines, Katherine Locke inspires us with the hope written into every magician's balloon, and a tender, aching romance. Ellie's tale of a girl lost in time pulled me right along with her as she soared above her circumstances." —Lindsay Smith, author, Sekret, A Darkly Beating Heart and Serial Box's The Witch Who Came In From the Cold

"An absorbing blend of historical fiction, mystery, and magical realism." —Kirkus Reviews

"When this book hits shelves, if you don't pick it up for the magic and the balloons and the alternate history, then pick it up for Mitzi and fall in love with her like I did." —Nita Tyndall, BNTEENblog

"This sophisticated, unusual work is likely to appeal to fans of World War II and Holocaust fiction, as well as those who like their history with a tinge of romance and magic." —School Library Journal

"A thought-provoking look at modern German history through a lens of magic and time travel." —Foreword Reviews

"Readers will find an enticing, intriguing new novel. This is a must for any historical fiction collection." —Booklist

"The first title in a promising series, this is an engaging story that would entice the most reluctant of readers to keep on reading." —School Library Connections

Author Biography

Katherine Locke lives and in a very small town outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with her feline overlords. In addition to fiction, she writes about books and reading and has contributed to The Forward, The GayYA, Teen Librarian Toolbox, and other sites.