Mystery Bottle by Kristen Balouch
(Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award)

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A boy in Brooklyn receives a package from Iran. When he opens up the mysterious bottle that lies within, a great wind transports him over the oceans and mountains, straight into the arms of his grandfather. Despite being separated by politics and geography, the boy and his Baba Bazorg can share an extraordinary gift, the bond of their love.

About Kristen Balouch

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Kristen Balouch is an award-winning author and illustrator of "The Mystery Bottle, The King and the Three Thieves, ""Ghost Catcher: A Bengali Tale, " and "Listen to the Storyteller: A Trio of Musical Tales from Around the World". She was a "Publishers Weekly" Flying Start, has received the Erza Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, and her books have been selected as a Golden Kite Illustration Honor Book, a CCBC Best Book of the Year, a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year, and a Charlotte Zolotow Commended Book. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York, and is on the web at
Published March 1, 2006 by Hyperion. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A seven-year-old boy receives a mysterious package that takes him on a journey to a distant grandfather.

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The titular item, postmarked Tehran, arrives in Brooklyn at the home of a seven-year-old boy.

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