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But through a twist of fate, he lands on the secret island of Krakatoa where he discovers a world of unimaginable wealth, eccentric inhabitants, and incredible balloon inventions. Winner of the Newbery Medal, this classic fantasy-adventure is a joy for all ages. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published by Puffin first published More Details Original Title.

William Waterman Sherman , Mr. Newbery Medal Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Twenty-One Balloons , please sign up. What two things did the families need to be invited to live on Krakatoa? Angie to have a girl and a boy between the ages of 5 and 9, had to have a creative mind. Tarnia This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [He has them made by a company.

And he does know how to use the balloon, he just had an unfortunate confrontation with seagulls. See all 8 questions about The Twenty-One Balloons…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details.

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More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Twenty-One Balloons. May 05, K. Shelves: childrens. One month after graduating from college, I started working. That was in I am now in my 4th company and except for my paid vacation leaves and rare sick days, I have never been, even a single day, out of the corporate rate race. I know it is still far from the 40 years of being a math teacher in some high school for Professor William Waterman Sherman but once in a while, I also feel that I need to do something outrageous.

Maybe just to br One month after graduating from college, I started working. Maybe just to break the monotony of my corporate work life. Not necessarily riding an air balloon because it is pricey here in the Philippines. I would not want my savings to go to waste, only for 30 mins! Professor Sherman had no family so he was able to afford two giant air not hot air balloons constructed to his taste after he retired at the age of He left everything in San Francisco and embarked on the journey of going around the world via his giant air balloon via the Pacific Ocean. I wish I could do something like that. At some point in our lives, burnout comes in and we just want to break free.

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In books, we also meet people who we never thought existed and know situations that could make us feel more fortunate and blessed. The writing is simple but its whimsical ingenuity is amazing. Some strange ideas look plausible like the Balloon Merry-Go-Round and I thought I would like to ride on it if the price will not be too prohibitive ha ha. View all 10 comments. Shelves: childrens-or-middle-grade-books , comedy , reads , award-winning-books , fiction-contemporary , adventure , science-fiction.

The usual way is to take the fastest imaginable conveyance along the shortest road. The other way is not to care particularly where you are going or how long it will take you, or whether you will get there or not.