The Twenty-one Balloons

The Twenty-one Balloons

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Penguin Putnam
A Newbery Medal Winner

Professor William Waterman Sherman intends to fly across the Pacific Ocean. But through a twist of fate, he lands on Krakatoa, and discovers a world of unimaginable wealth, eccentric inhabitants, and incredible balloon inventions.Winner of the 1948 Newbery Medal, this classic fantasy-adventure is now available in a handsome new edition.


"William Pene du Bois combines his rich imagination, scientific tastes, and brilliant artistry to tell astory that has no age limit."—The Horn Book

Baker & Taylor
Tells what happens to a bored old mathematician when he takes a trip across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon

Baker
& Taylor

Relates the incredible adventures of Professor William Waterman Sherman who in 1883 sets off in a balloon across the Pacific, survives the volcanic eruption of Krakatoa, and is eventually picked up in the Atlantic.

Publisher: New York : The Viking press, 1947
ISBN: 9780140320978
0140320970
Branch Call Number: JUV FIC Du Bois, W 1947
Characteristics: : 3-179, [1] page including frontispiece, illustrations ; 24 cm
Audience: Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.8 6.0 91

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Professor William Waterman Sherman intends to fly across the Pacific Ocean. But through a twist of fate, he lands on Krakatoa, and discovers a world of unimaginable wealth, eccentric inhabitants, and incredible balloon inventions.


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Lovestoread5 Jun 21, 2018

A very engaging and suspenseful story. Descriptions of the Krakatoa life is fantastical. The ending, though a little disappointing, was predictable and acceptable.

Berlysbooks Nov 15, 2017

Vintage charm, quirky inventions, hot air ballooning, unintended adventure and fun suspense! This is one of the great ones!

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Jul 05, 2016

I loved this book! My favorite part would have to be the description of the Krakatoan restaurant government and the diamond mine. I also liked the Krakatoan inventions. This author was amazingly creative, making this one of my new favorite books.

Lexicon_ Nov 23, 2012

Just as fantastic as it was when my grade 6 teacher read it to my class over a decade ago.

The inventions marvel the mind, even in 2012! This is a fast-paced, enjoyable read.

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