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What is the rising action in "The Twenty-One Balloons"?

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The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène due Bois follows the tale of Professor William Waterman Sherman, who retires from his job as a schoolteacher in order to fly across the world by himself in a hot air balloon, planning for the trip to take a year. 

The rising action of the novel starts with the discovery that Professor Sherman has wrecked in the North Atlantic amidst twenty balloons, having completed his circumnavigation in a mere three weeks. Professor Sherman recounts this tale, including the heightened perils he faced when a seagull...

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