General fiction, Sports fiction
From the bookjacket: This ingenious book is about a very special holiday: Balloon Day that is celebrated at Blue Bell School each May. The pupils release balloons with a tag asking the finder to send a message back to the… owner. The school is real, the holiday takes place, but the adventures of the seven balloons Carolyn Haywood relates here are the product of her imagination. Lynette and her first-grade classmates let their balloons float away with a maximum of excitement and a minimum of efficiency. Six are soon heard from. They end up in an odd assortment of places: a circus, a children's hospital, a tree house, a sailboat, a clothesline, and a dog show. Lynette, however, does not get a letter, and she is bitterly disappointed. Then, in the most surprising adventure of all, Lynette discovers her own balloon, and it turns out to be the only one ever to come back to school. Each of the eight chapters is a story in itself. Together they make a book that offers an astonishing variety of mood and incident.