Friday Reads: Up, Up, and Away!

Coming up soon is Balloons Over Vermilion at the Vermilion County Airport (Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14), a weekend filled with games, rides, food, and of course, hot air balloons. Danville Public Library will be in the Kids’ Zone, so be sure to come say hi! For more balloon fun, check out these books.


Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air  by Richard Holmes

Falling Upwards tells the story of the enigmatic group of men and women who first risked their lives to take to the air, and so discovered a new dimension of human experience. Why they did it, what their contemporaries thought of them, and how their flights revealed the secrets of our planet in wholly unexpected ways is its subject.– Publisher’s description.



aa20Spy in the Sky by Kathleen Karr

When Northerner Thaddeus Lowe lands his huge balloon in South Carolina at the beginning of the Civil War, ten-year-old orphan Ridley Jones joins up with him and the two set out to find a way to use Lowe’s balloon to help the North.




51maxeiw8al-_sx258_bo1204203200_A Voyage in the Clouds: The (Mostly) True Story of the First International Flight by Balloon in 1785 by Matthew Olshan

Dr. John Jeffries and his pilot, Jean-Pierre Blanchard, each want to be the first man to fly from one country to another, across the English Channel. There’s only one problem: they can’t stand each other! Inspired by the true story of the first international flight.


51ri1du6hil-_sx258_bo1204203200_Curious George and the Hot-Air Balloon

While visiting Mount Rushmore, Curious George gets into mischief when he takes an unplanned ride on a hot air balloon.




8430677Popped by Carol Higgins Clark

At the height of the nine-day Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, sleuth Regan Reilly finds the festivities threatened by saboteurs and winds her way through a host of pilots, balloonists, tourists, and merchants.


Note: Photo from Goodreads.



51zyhwydjvl-_sx258_bo1204203200_Lincoln’s Flying Spies: Thaddeus Lowe and the Civil War Balloon Corps by Gail Jarrow

Describes the contributions made to the Union’s efforts in the Civil War by Thaddeus Lowe and a corps of hot air balloonists who helped spy on the Confederate army, despite becoming targets in the war themselves.



516bbo2egxl-_sx277_bo1204203200_One Mile Under by Andrew Gross

Leading a tour down the rapids outside Aspen, Colorado, whitewater guide Dani Whalen comes upon the dead body of a close friend. Trey Watkins’s death is ruled an accident. Finding evidence that seems to back up her suspicions that it wasn’t, she takes her case to Wade Dunn, the local police chief and her ex-stepfather. Wade insists the case is closed, but Rooster, a hot air balloon operator in town, claims he saw something from the air she should know. When he suddenly dies in a fiery crash, Dani threatens to take her suspicions public, goading Wade into tossing her in jail. When an old friend contacts Ty Hauck and says his daughter is in trouble, he doesn’t hesitate to get involved. But in the square off between giant energy companies and beaten-down ranchers and farmers, one resource is even more valuable in this drought-stricken region than oil. They both will kill for it—water.



Note: All descriptions are from SHARE and all pictures are from Google Images, except where otherwise noted.

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