The Twenty-one Balloons

Paperback | May 6, 1986

byWilliam Pene Du Bois

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A Newbery Medal Winner

Professor William Waterman Sherman intends to fly across the Pacific Ocean. But through a twist of fate, he lands on Krakatoa, and discovers a world of unimaginable wealth, eccentric inhabitants, and incredible balloon inventions.Winner of the 1948 Newbery Medal, this classic fantasy-adventure is now available in a handsome new edition.


"William Pene du Bois combines his rich imagination, scientific tastes, and brilliant artistry to tell astory that has no age limit."—The Horn Book

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"When Prof. William Waterman Sherman was found adrift in the Atlantic clinging to the debris of twenty-one balloons, all America was rocked with curiosity. . . . Dead-pan humor mingles extravaganza with the smallest practicalities".--The New York Times. Newbery Honor Book

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A Newbery Medal WinnerProfessor William Waterman Sherman intends to fly across the Pacific Ocean. But through a twist of fate, he lands on Krakatoa, and discovers a world of unimaginable wealth, eccentric inhabitants, and incredible balloon inventions.Winner of the 1948 Newbery Medal, this classic fantasy-adventure is now available in ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.75 × 5.13 × 0.48 inPublished:May 6, 1986Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140320970

ISBN - 13:9780140320978

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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"When Prof. William Waterman Sherman was found adrift in the Atlantic clinging to the debris of twenty-one balloons, all America was rocked with curiosity. . . . Dead-pan humor mingles extravaganza with the smallest practicalities".--The New York Times. Newbery Honor Book