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The Balloon Sailors


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Diane Swanson has written over 55 books for young people, including "Tunnels!," and "Nibbling on Einstein's Brain." Her many accolades include the "Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction" and the "Mr. Christie's Book Award." She is a popular visitor to schools and libraries, and frequently speaks at educational conferences. Krystyna Lipka-Sztarballo is an amazing artistic talent from Poland. Her work has appeared in picture books throughout Europe, earning her a place on the "2002 IBBY Honor List."


A testament to the creativity and determination of the human spirit.--Gail Hamilton"Canadian Materials" (09/19/2003)
This thrilling tale will have children holding their breaths in suspense... art captures the tense, dark mood as well as hope and freedom represented by the balloons. Excellent.--Krys Stefansky"Virginian-Pilot" (01/13/2004)
The artwork successfully evokes fear, hope, and joy... simple, well-told tale.--Linda M. Kenton"School Library Journal" (03/01/2004)
Based on a true story of a daring escape over the Berlin Wall in a hot air balloon in 1979, this book is not only a testament to the creativity and determination of the human spirit, but it also is likely to spark some discussion.--Gail Hamilton"Canadian Materials" (09/19/2003)

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