Have you seen the cover for one of my favorite books releasing this year?! When I was a literary intern, I had the pleasure of reading an early version of The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke and to say that this book did a number on me is an understatement. If there’s one book you pre-order this fall, let it be this beauty. The Girl with the Red Balloon is a Young Adult Historical Fiction with a twist and I have nothing but good things to say about this book. Stay tuned for my full review this fall. In the meantime, check out the beautiful cover below which just released yesterday as well as the official synopsis!
Ellie Baum feels the weight of history on her when she arrives on a school trip to Berlin, Germany. After all, she’s the first member of her family to return since her grandfather’s miraculous escape from a death camp in 1942. One moment she’s contemplating the Berlin Wall Memorial amidst the crowd, and the next, she’s yanked back through time, to 1988 East Berlin when the Wall is still standing.
Nobody knows how she got there, not even the members of the underground guild–the Runners and the Schopfers–who use balloons and magic to help people escape over the Wall. Now as a stranger in an oppressive regime, Ellie must hide from the police with the help of Kai, a Runner struggling with his own uneasy relationship with the powerful Balloonmakers and his growing feelings for Ellie. Together they search for the truth behind Ellie’s mysterious travel, and when they uncover a plot to alter history with dark magic, she must risk everything–including her only way home–to stop the deadly plans.
The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke (ISBN-13: 978-0807529331) releases from Albert Whitman on September 1, 2017 and is available for pre-order now. You can find all pre-order links here. Be sure to add The Girl with the Red Balloon on Goodreads!