The Twenty-One Balloons

Written and Illustrated by William Pène du Bois

Professor William Waterman Sherman, a retired schoolteacher, sets out to fly across the Pacific Ocean aloft 21 balloons. But when one of his balloons is punctured by a seagull, he goes off course and lands on the volcanic island of Krakatoa. The island is inhabited by 20 families sharing the wealth of a diamond mine. When the volcano erupts, the families scatter, and Professor Sherman is rescued by steamship who sees him floating in the ocean.

Age Range 8 - 12 years
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Copyright Year
Page Count
192
Publisher
Viking
Grade Level 3rd - 7th
ISBN
9780142403303
Lexile 1070
Themes