The Balloon Sailors by Diane Swanson

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Based on true events from the time of the Berlin Wall.

When King Frack and King Frick divide their kingdom with a tall wall, Tamala and her brother send balloon messages over the wall to their beloved grandmother.

Then Tamala decides her family can reach their grandmother the same way: in a hot-air balloon! The family gathers all the materials they will need: cloth for the balloon, straw for the basket. But where to find a gas burner? With spies everywhere, their work is extremely perilous.

Nevertheless, Mother sews the material, Father weaves the basket, and Tamala and Abalon discover an old gas burner in a junkyard. After many nights of labor, their craft is ready and rises into the air. Guards on the wall spot them and fire their weapons, but the balloon sails safely over.

Happily, they successfully reach their destination, just as two families from East Berlin did in 1979! An endnote ties this story to the dramatic true event.

Key features: Based on a true escape over the Berlin Wall in 1979 A captivating, page-turning suspense story Stunning, evocative illustrations


About Diane Swanson

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Diane Swanson is an award-winning writer of more than 70 books for children, especially nature and science. Originally from Alberta, she now resides in Victoria, British Columbia. She writes a bug column for YES magazine and is buggy about bugs. 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.
Published September 1, 2003 by Annick Press. 24 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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