The Twenty-one Balloons

The Twenty-one Balloons

Book - 1967
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Hilarious account of Professor Sherman's narrow escape from Krakotoa minutes before the most violent volcanic eruption of recorded history.
Publisher: New York, The Viking press, 1967
Branch Call Number: JF DuBo
Characteristics: 5 p.l., 3-179, [1] p. incl. front., illus. 24 cm
Alternative Title: 21 balloons


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Winner of the 1948 Newbery Medal, this is the story of Professor William Waterman Sherman, who tries to travel around the world in a hot air balloon and instead finds himself on the volcanic island of Krakatoa, where he learns all about a secretive, memorable society that exists on the island. Th... Read More »

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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!

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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