The Girl With The Red Balloon

The Girl With The Red Balloon

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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.
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company, 2017.
Series Volume: 1.


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ArapahoeKathy Nov 05, 2020

This is a historical fiction with elements of magical realism. From the present day, Ellie accidentally time travels to East Berlin, 1988, shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall. I found it interesting to read about the limitations of the freedom of expression, press and religion in the late 20th century.

JessicaGma Jan 03, 2019

A neat mash-up of a thriller and a time-travel fantasy where Ellie Baum is sent back to 1988 when the Berlin Wall is still up, and East Germany is a dangerous place to be. People are sent over the wall to the West through the use of magic red balloons, but the magic isn't working as it should, and mayhem ensues. For a slim novel, it was quite dense, but an interesting read. I await the sequel to finish off the duology.

Nov 06, 2018

Bringing two periods of history together in a time travel fantasy creates a masterful thriller. When Ellie grabs hold of a red balloon on a class trip to post Soviet Berlin, she finds herself in East Berlin a year before the wall came down, as she becomes a member of a group of magicians who secret people out of East Germany. But the story goes farther back than that, to when her grandfather was carried out of a Nazi extermination camp by a girl with a red balloon. The three periods of time are deftly woven together and I’m hoping to find out more about Ellie and her East German friends in the next book---I am assuming there will be another book. The reader is left wanting to know more.

Oct 28, 2018

This is a YA book with a heavy subject. Hence, there is a weariness and sadness throughout the book. The book was well written. The story is about creating and finding hope under difficult circumstances. I enjoyed reading it very much.

Oct 08, 2018

Beautiful writing, interesting plot, disappointing non-resolution ending and slightly shallow development-wise for the protagonist, but otherwise well crafted. I'm happy I read it, but waffling about reading the second of the series ("The Spy With the Red Balloon") due to the underwhelming denouement in this first book.

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Jul 16, 2019

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ArapahoeKathy Nov 05, 2020

“People never mentioned in history books still made history.”


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