Sci-Fi or Fantasy book, red cover with an aerostatic balloon
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I see you live in Spain -- do you think the book had published in Spain, or could the teacher have brought it from another country?
I know he bought it in England because he was from there. This happened about three or four years ago. The copy was quite worn, but I don't think the novel was published a long time ago, I'd say late 80s at the earliest, but that's just a guess. It was a paperback.
I think this main character girl may have lived in an orphanage, at least at the beginning of the novel (I read a few pages), that may be the reason why he gave it to me when I told him I had finished reading the "His Dark Materials" thrilogy... but I'm not 100% sure about this.
It was published in the 1960s, but even if it isn't the right book I would recommend it and the other books in the series. They were some of my favourite books as a child, and I first read them when I was too young to realise that they were alternate history.
thank you very much for taking the time for answering. It certainly looks like that could be an interesting story, and it fits my description, but it's not the novel I was looking for. I'll check it out though, if I can get it somewhere :)
I haven't read it, but it seems to have a female orphan as a main character.
I got lucky. Your mention that you saw this book only on a few years ago actually rang a dim bell in my head -- I vaguely remembered browsing a bookstore about five years ago and seeing an eye-catching cover of a sketch of a hot-air balloon on cream background. I used Google to figure out what the title and author was, then Google Images to see if there were any different-looking covers. Then I saw the red cover and thought, Oooh.