When sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum accidentally time-travels via red balloon to 1988 East Berlin, shes 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 Wallbut even to the balloon makers, Ellies time travel is a mystery. When it becomes clear that someone is using dark magic to change history, Ellie must risk everythingincluding her only way hometo stop the process....
|Title||:||The Girl with the Red Balloon|
|Number of Pages||:||256 pages|
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The Girl with the Red Balloon Reviews
Full disclaimer: I'm Katherine's critique partner and friend, so.
BUT. But. I read this book in its early stages and what a lush, beautiful, magical world Katie has created. There's so much to love in this book—the romance, the magic, the Jewish heroine and historical setting, Katie's prose—all of it is magical and wonderful, and you'd better be picking up this book when it comes out.
Read and loved an early version of this magical devastation. Up, up and away!
A copy was provided by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
"All the facts in history books couldn’t prepare someone for standing in a place where history was present tense".
It's going to be easier for me to just jot down what I loved about this book that try and elaborate an essay so here we go:
This book definitely falls on the heavier, darker side of YA. In a way, that makes it even more relevant and important to the times we ourselves are facing. The topics mention ...more
*Reposting because this beauty is actually out now. Do yourselves a favor and get you hands on it ASAP*
If you gave a girl a magic balloon, she’ll become something else.
OKAY. Can I just say that if this isn’t the best book I’ve read all year (I don’t think I can take that position away from ACOL) then it’s the one that’s left the biggest impact on me. And it still takes the cake as second best book. I requested this after having read ONE great review but still wasn’t fully prepared for what I was ...more
I don’t know what I expected when I picked this book up a few months ago. If I'm honest, I had barely paid attention to the synopsis. All I knew was that it was a novel about Germany, time travel, and red balloons. All I knew was that I wanted to read it.
What I did not expect was for it to hit me the way that it did, or to be nearly as good as it was.
This novel is fairly short, the hardcover is set to have only 256 pages, and yet it is so full of beautiful writing and heartwarming moments.
The st ...more
*I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
In 1942, a boy escapes from Chelmno concentration camp holding onto a red balloon.
In 2017, the granddaughter of that boy grabs the string of a red balloon and is transported back to Berlin, Germany, 1988.
I'm not a big fan of time travel books in general, and I wasn't really impressed by The Girl With the Red Balloon's take on it in particular. I found the plot a little aimless and the twist a little obvious. That's ...more
Four stars, maybe more.
It's the next day now (I finished this at 11 last night) and I'm still shocked by how much I enjoyed this book.
Do you like:
-Jewish main characters
-multiple points of view
-time travelling stories
-diversity (Jewish mc, Romani mc, queer mc)
-learning more about the Holocaust and the Berlin Wall
Then you'll love this book. I most definitely did.
My very small quibbles:
-I wasn't a *huge* fan of the writing style. By the middle of the book, I was used to ...more
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for approving my request for a free digital copy in exchange for a review.
The Girl with the Red Balloon is a welcome addition to YA literature, and it worthy of being in the same category as "The Book Thief" and "Shades of Grey." However, unlike the former, the Girl with the Red Balloon blends history and fantasy in order to tell a story that is indeed well-needed.
The book has three main characters, Ellie, Kai and Benno. I found most of the characters, wit ...more