The 21 Balloons Book Summary and Study Guide

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21 Balloons is the story of Professor William Sherman's travels. In 1883, he set off from San Francisco for a balloon ride over the Pacific and was found a month later floating with 21 balloons in the Atlantic Ocean. This seemed an astounding feat and everyone wanted to know what had happened.
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Professor Sherman was loyal, however, and said he would tell his tale first to the Western American Explorers Club in San Francisco, of which he was a member. This built up suspense for several chapters before he began to tell of the wonders of his adventures and the amazing island of Krakatoa, an island which had just been blown up by a volcano.

The residents of Krakatoa are all millionaires who live under a "gourmet government" of their own devising. We get to see all the incredible adventures that creative people with unlimited resources would create according to the author.

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Age 7-10 Exploring into the wild    -   Yes kind of story    -   stranded on island

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   teacher Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Pacific Islands Air?    -   Yes Air:    -   ballooning Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   stranded

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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