The Girl With The Red Balloon by Katherine LockeThe Girl With The Red Balloon by Katherine Locke

The Girl With The Red Balloon

byKatherine Locke

Paperback | September 1, 2017

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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.
Katherine Locke lives 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.
Title:The Girl With The Red BalloonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:September 1, 2017Publisher:Albert Whitman & CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0807529370

ISBN - 13:9780807529379


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Full of magic, mystery, action, and romance The Girl With the Red Balloon is full of magic, mystery, action, romance, and wonderfully diverse characters. Set in 1988 East Berlin, a year before the Berlin Wall came down, there’s so much history and devastation and love and hope packed into Ellie and Kai and Mitzi’s story. The book started out a bit slow for me, but when it picked up, I could hardly put it down. The last quarter or so was so exciting I was stabbing at my Kindle pages trying to turn them faster and faster. Locke created a complex story that wove together the lives of several generations of people, from the Holocaust to Cold War Germany where a girl from modern times ends up time traveling via magic balloon. Whenever I read books that deal with Hitler’s Germany in any way, I realize how little I actually know about the horrors of the Holocaust. The scenes told from Ellie’s grandfather’s perspective, which took place mostly in a ghetto in Poland, left me with a lump in my throat, fighting back tears. I knew even less about the Cold War and the Berlin Wall, and the intense oppression and fear people experienced in East Berlin. As I was reading, I kept thinking, ‘this is recent history. This isn’t even 30 years ago. I was alive when this happened’. Considering what’s happening in the world and the fact the US currently has a leader who has frightening resemblances to Hitler, this book is one that got me thinking, researching, and having important conversations with friends. The Girl With the Red Balloon wasn’t just a story about the atrocities of history, though. It was also a story about friendship, acceptance, love, perseverance, and hope. So much hope. I know this is a story that will stick with me - I read it weeks ago and have thought about it every single day since. I can’t wait to read the next book and see what happens.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! While I'm not usually a fan of historical fiction, something about the idea of a red balloon being able to help a girl travel through time intrigued me. I'm so happy that I took a chance on this one because it did not disappoint at all. Ellie is on a trip to Berlin, despite her grandfather's wishes. While walking around the remains of the Berlin Wall, she spots a red balloon. But the balloon transports her to East Berlin, 1988. Ellie's not only transported back in time, but she also finds herself in a world full of unexpected magic. I won't lie, this book is so raw and real that it was a bit painful to read but in the best way. You know when books are so good that you can't turn away even if your heart may need to take a break? That's definitely what reading The Girl with the Red Balloon was like. I can't freaking wait for the next one in the series.
Date published: 2017-09-01