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Big Library Read

Join a Global eBook Club in Reading & Discussing The Girl with the Red Balloon

Award-winning author Katherine Locke's The Girl with the Red Balloon, has been selected for the next Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From October 1–15, JCLS users will be able to borrow the eBook or audiobook format of the title with no wait lists or holds. Readers can take part in the two-week program by visiting Library2Go.

About The Girl with the Red Balloon

The Girl with the Red Balloon tells the story of sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum who accidentally time-travels via red balloon to 1988 East Berlin and becomes 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.

Borrow the Book

To borrow the eBook, JCLS card-holders can visit Library2Go between Monday, October 1 and Monday, October 15.
The Girl with the Red Balloon can be read on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, Chromebook™ and Kindle® (U.S. Libraries only) without worrying about wait lists or holds. The eBook will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

Read & Discuss

Download the reading group guide here, and join the discussion about the book at Share your thoughts on the book with us on Facebook , Instagram, and Twitter.

Big Library Read

About Big Library Read

The Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between JCLS, OverDrive and Sourcebooks Landmark, publisher of The Gril with the Red Balloon.