The Twenty-One Balloons (Puffin Modern Classics)
By William Pene du Bois
(Puffin, Paperback, 9780142403303, 192pp.)
Publication Date: April 21, 2005
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Professor William Waterman Sherman just wants to be alone. So he decides to take a year off and spend it crossing the Pacific Ocean in a hot-air balloon the likes of which no one has ever seen. But when he is found after just three weeks floating in the Atlantic among the wreckage of twenty hot-air balloons, naturally, the world is eager to know what happened. How did he end up with so many balloons . . . and in the wrong ocean?
When Laura Lorson needs a break from the daily grind, she curls up with books that transport her to simpler times. She recommends three titles that take her back to her days of childhood summer reading -- absorbing words off sun-dappled pages under the shade of a tree. More at NPR.org
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An absurd and fantastic tale. . . . Truth and fiction are cleverly mingled. (School Library Journal)