What It's About:
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.
During the Big Library Read, the digital version will be available to all library customers to download for free, with no need to be on a waitlist.
The Girl with the Red Balloon can be read on major computers and devices. Like all of our eBooks and eAudios, it will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there will not be any late fees.
Making It Social
Katherine Locke lives and writes in Philadelphia where they’re ruled by their feline overlords. Their debut YA novel, The Girl with the Red Balloon, was a 2018 Sydney Taylor Honor Book and a Paste magazine Best YA of 2017 pick. They’ve been published in The Forward and Teen Librarian Toolbox/School Library Journal. They secretly believe most stories are fairytales-in-disguise. You can read the author's letter to OverDrive's Big Read participants here.
Find other exclusive reader bonuses by visiting their website: katherinelockebooks.com.
Want to share your thoughts on the novel? During the Big Read event, you can discuss the book online with Overdrive, and here are some questions to get you started. You could also use the questions to spark a discussion with your friends.