The 21 Balloons Book Summary and Study Guide

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Professor William Waterman Sherman, decides to get away from the bothersom children he teaches. So he joins the San Francisco explorers club and plans to take a year long journey in a huge air balloon living in a light weight house attached to the balloon.
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However, soon after he had left he crashes onto a Pacific Volcanic Island called Krakatoa. He is astonished to find people, government, and beutiful houses.
For the next few days Professor Sherman is wonderfuly confortable in his new home. But the Mountian rumbles and on Augest 26, a volcanic eruption will change things.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 40% Tone of story    -   very upbeat Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Exploring into the wild    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   planewreck Disaster, natural or nuclear    -   Yes Kind of disaster:    -   volcano Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Terrain    -   Jungle

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


United States    -   Yes Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Air?    -   Yes Air:    -   ballooning Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   Pacific Island

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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