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    Pumpkinheads A Graphic Novel Rainbow Rowell, Faith Erin Hicks Canada
    9781626721623 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 14 - 18 On Sale Date:August 27, 2019 Print Run:150000
    $24.50 CAD 6.15 x 8.61 x 0.58 in | 450 gr | 224 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y First Second
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      A 2020 Tayshas Reading List Selection
      A 2020 Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List Selection

      In Pumpkinheads, beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Rainbow Rowell and Eisner Award–winning artist Faith Erin Hicks have teamed up to create this tender and hilarious story about two irresistible teens discovering what it means to leave behind a place—and a person—with no regrets.

      Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.

      Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.

      But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.

      Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .

      What if their last shift was an adventure?


      Rainbow Rowell is the award-winning, No. 1 New York Times–bestselling author of Eleanor & Park, Carry On, Wayward Son, and more. She made her comics debut as the writer of Marvel’s monthly Runaways series. Pumpkinheads is her first graphic novel. Rainbow lives and writes in Omaha, Nebraska, home of the world’s best pumpkin patches.

      Faith Erin Hicks is a writer and artist living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her previous works include the Nameless City trilogy, Friends with Boys, The Last of Us: American Dreams (with Neil Druckmann), Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong (with Prudence Shen), and the Eisner Award–winning The Adventures of Superhero Girl. She can be found online!

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        - starred review from Kirkus
        - a graphic novel from #1 NYT bestselling author Rainbow Rowell and Eisner-award winning Canadian artist Faith Erin Hicks
        - 150k print run
        - Booklist review
        - #1 Loan Star Junior Pick for July and August
        - received excellent blurbs from Mariko Tamaki, Gene Luen Yang, and more
        - EW.com cover reveal
        - a Raincoast Superlead

        Raincoast Superlead:
        150k print run; Rowell is the bestselling author of Eleanor and Park, which sold over 64k copies in Canada; Hicks is a Canadian author and illustrator

    • Awards & Reviews

      Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year 2019, Long-listed
      Goodreads Choice Awards 2019, Long-listed

      Pumpkinheads perfectly captures that feeling of the last night that’s the start of the rest of your life.”—Mariko Tamaki, Printz Honor–winning cocreator of This One Summer and Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

      “Fun, funny, and wise.”—Gene Luen Yang, Printz and Eisner Award–winning author of American Born Chinese

      "[Pumpkinheads] is more than a story about a last evening at a beloved pumpkin patch; it is about being confident enough in a friendship to speak both challenge and truth — even the truth that makes you feel vulnerable, but could set you on a new, rewarding path." —The New York Times

      “A fall-tastic good time, brought to you from the best of the YA and graphic literature worlds.”—Bustle

      “Dreamy.”—Entertainment Weekly

      "A heartwarming, funny story filled with richness and complexity."—Kirkus, starred review

      "There’s something for everyone in this joyful, tender book. Fans of Rowell and Hicks will gobble up this graphic novel like it’s Frito pie, and after just one nibble, newcomers will do the same—and ask for seconds." —School Library Journal, starred review

      "Art by Hicks turns the sweetly witty dialogue by Rowell into a miniature autumn universe; precise, affectionate details will coax readers to revel in the cozy atmosphere." —Publisher's Weekly, starred review

      "Expect this tender, sweet romance to be popular with a wide range of readers— and let’s hope this isn’t the last graphic novel collaboration between Rowell and Hicks." —Horn Books, starred review

      "This is a Hallmark movie in graphic-novel form, as sweet as a candied apple and as warm as a steaming cup of cider with two lovable and inevitably paired leads.... Have this ready when the fall sweaters come out and the crisp air arrives." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

      "Rowell's one of the biggest names in YA; don't be surprised if readers who otherwise turn their nose up at comics seek this one out." —Booklist

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    9781368046459 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (US) to K On Sale Date:July 02, 2019
    $22.99 CAD 9.26 x 9.31 x 0.38 in | 0.88 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Hyperion Books for Children
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    9781524713898 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Girls & Women Age (years) from 10, Grade (US) from 5 On Sale Date:August 13, 2019
    $28.99 CAD 7.75 x 10.25 x 0.7 in | 1.89 lb | 208 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Knopf Books for Young Readers
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      Welcome to Code Like a Girl, where you’ll get started on the adventure of coding with cool projects and step-by-step tips, from the co-author of the bestselling The Daring Book for Girls.

      Coding is about creativity, self-expression, and telling your story. It’s solving problems and being curious, building things, making the world a better place, and creating a future. It’s about you: whoever you are, wherever you’re at, whatever you want.

      Nearly everything you encounter on a screen is made from code. You see, with code you can have an idea and put it into action: it’s your voice and your vision. From the outside, tech and code may seem puzzling and mysterious, but when you get through the door and past the first few beginner steps and your code starts to work, it feels like magic.

      In this book, you’ll learn how to:
      - Code with Scratch—projects like making a dog walk through the park, sending your friend a card, and devising a full-scoring game!
      - Build your own computer—really!
      - Create your own digital fortune-teller, with the Python language.
      - Make your own smartphone gloves.
      - Make light-up bracelets.
      - Code a motion sensor that tells you when someone enters your room.
      - And lots more!
      Miriam Peskowitz is the co-author of The Daring Book for Girls. She is the mother of two girls and has been a camp counselor, a historian, a blogger, a musician, and a professor. She is the author of several books, including The Truth Behind the Mommy Wars. Follow her on Twitter at @MiriamPeskowitz.

      Author Residence: Philadelphia, PA
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        National Review Attention & Media Outreach

        Positioning: From the coauthor of the bestselling The Daring Book for Girls comes a hands-on book for girls who are curious about all things tech, “maker,” and new media.

        Early Galley Mailing & Outreach to Top Trade Review Publications (Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, The New York Times Book Review, Booklist, The Horn Book) and Long-Lead National General Interest, Family, and Children’s-Interest Magazines

        Focused outreach to Women’s Interest and Tech outlets

        Pre-Publication Top Media Mailing

        Local author appearances (Philadelphia, PA)

        Author Social Media: @miriampeskowitz
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    Spencer's New Pet Jessie Sima, Jessie Sima
    9781534418776 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3, Reading age from 4 - 8 Publication Date:August 27, 2019
    $23.99 CAD 279.4 x 203.2 x 12.7 mm | 1.15 lb | 56 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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      From the creator of Not Quite Narwhal comes a classic tale of a boy and his dog—except in this unique story, one of them is a balloon!

      When Spencer gets a new pet, he’s excited to do all the things that pets do—taking walks in the park, going to the vet, and attending parties together.

      There’s just one hitch: Spencer’s new pet is a balloon.

      And that means No. Sharp. Objects.

      No drooling dogs at the park. No prickly porcupines at the vet. And absolutely no pinning tails on any donkeys!

      Spencer’s New Pet is a story of pure fun about a boy, his dog, and a friendship that endures life’s sharpest...and most unexpected twists.
      Jessie Sima is an author/illustrator living and working in New York City. They grew up in a small town in southern New Jersey, unaware that they were a storyteller. Once they figured it out, they told their family and friends, who took it quite well. They are the author of Not Quite Narwhal; Harriet Gets Carried Away; Love, Z; Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies; Spencer’s New Pet; Jules vs. the Ocean; Hardly Haunted; and Weather Together. You can visit them at JessieSima.com.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      *** "Young readers will be tickled and amazed and will want to view it again and again. Original and thoroughly delightful." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review
      *** "An entirely immersive reading experience...younger readers...[will] be delighted by this heartwarming and suspenseful story of a boy and his dog, the ending of which will leave them eager for a second reading." - Booklist, starred review
      *** "With many nods to silent film—including a black-and-white palette, elegant title cards dividing the story into three parts, highly dramatic close-ups, and iris shots—Sima (Love, Z) tells the nearly wordless story of a bespectacled boy and the dog he loves very much." - Publisher's Weekly, starred review
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    9781338236590 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 7, Grade (US) from 2 On Sale Date:August 13, 2019
    $15.99 CAD 5.8 x 8.54 x 0.8 in | 1.28 lb | 240 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Graphix
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      Petey learns what it means to do good in the seventh Dog Man book from worldwide bestselling author and artist Dav Pilkey.

      The Supa Buddies have been working hard to help Dog Man overcome his bad habits. But when his obsessions turn to fears, Dog Man finds himself the target of an all-new supervillain! Meanwhile, Petey the Cat has been released from jail and starts a new life with Li'l Petey. But when Petey's own father arrives, Petey must face his past and fight for who he loves.

      Dav Pilkey's wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of doing good.


      When Dav Pilkey was a kid, he was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. Dav was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out in the hallway every day. Luckily, Dav loved to draw and make up stories. He spent his time in the hallway creating his own original comic books -- the very first adventures of Dog Man and Captain Underpants.

      In the second grade, Dav's teacher ripped up his comics and told him he couldn't spend the rest of his life making silly books.

      Fortunately, Dav was not a very good listener.

      When Dav Pilkey was a kid, he was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. Dav was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out in the hallway every day. Luckily, Dav loved to draw and make up stories. He spent his time in the hallway creating his own original comic books -- the very first adventures of Dog Man and Captain Underpants.

      In the second grade, Dav's teacher ripped up his comics and told him he couldn't spend the rest of his life making silly books.

      Fortunately, Dav was not a very good listener.

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    • Awards & Reviews


      Everyone Digs Dog Man!

      ★ "Striking color, interactive pages, drawing tutorials, and a plethora of laugh-out-loud moments all work to keep readers’ attention on a tight leash." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      ★ "High-intensity, heartwarming, and, above all, hysterically funny." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

      ★ "Riotously funny and original." -- School Library Journal, starred review

      ★ "An utter, unfettered delight." -- Booklist, starred review

      ★ "Readers (of any age) will be giggling from start to finish." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

      ★ "Action-oriented cartoons... Laffs aplenty." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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    Spin Colleen Nelson Canada
    9781459744967 Paperback YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family Age (years) from 12 - 15, Reading age from 12 - 15 On Sale Date:August 10, 2019
    $12.99 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.5 in | 240 gr | 296 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Dundurn Press
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      High Plains Book Award — Finalist, Young Adult • MYRCA Northern Lights Award — Shortlisted • SYRCA Snow Willow Award — Shortlisted

      An aspiring teenage DJ must learn how to navigate life when people find out that she's the daughter of a famous singer.

      Fifteen-year-old Delilah “Dizzy” Doucette lives with her dad and brother above their vintage record store, The Vinyl Trap. She’s learning how to spin records from her brother’s best friend, and she’s getting pretty good. But behind her bohemian life, Dizzy and her family have a secret: her mom is the megafamous singer Georgia Waters. When this secret is revealed to the world, Dizzy’s life spins out of control. She must decide what is most important to her — the family she has or the family she wants.
      Colleen Nelson is a teacher and award-winning YA author whose previous novels include Blood Brothers and Sadia. She lives in Winnipeg.
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        ADVERTISING Best Books for Kids and Teens print ad, October 2019 MARKETING MATERIALS Bookmarks EVENTS Festival pitches Event promotion: posters, evites Trade shows, school and library conferences Launch event DIGITAL MARKETING Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Dundurn.com campaigns Guest Post on Dundurn Blog Consumer, library, bookseller, and author newsletters Free downloadable Teacher's Resource Guide SPECIAL OUTREACH Key Influencer mailing Bookseller mailing, enhanced packaging PUBLICITY Targeted media and blogger review mailings MERCHANDISING EPUB series price promotion and bundle Book Hashtag: #SpinBook Author Website: colleennelsonauthor.com Author Twitter: @ColleenNelson14
    • Awards & Reviews

      High Plains Book Award, Young Adult Category 2020, Short-listed
      MYRCA Northern Lights Award 2021, Short-listed
      SYRCA Snow Willow Award 2022, Short-listed
      CCBC's Best Books for Kids and Teens, Starred Selection (Spring 2020) 2020, Commended
      A fun and fast read for those looking for stories about family and celebrity.
      Nelson captures the human condition with great conviction…Spin is a fast-paced, emotionally charged read, with just the right amount of behind-the-music melodrama.
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    No Hugs! Deirdre Prischmann, Sarah Jennings
    9781681524153 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 5 - 8 On Sale Date:August 06, 2019 Print Run:5000
    $25.99 CAD 9.35 x 9.4 x 0.65 in | 340 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Amicus Ink
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      "A lighthearted take on consent and body autonomy."—School Library Journal

      Alice and Zara are the best of friends. Alice LOVES hugs. Zara really doesn't. Will their friendship survive?

      In our new world of physical distancing, understanding personal space and getting permission to get close are more important than ever. Even though they disagree, Alice never forces a hug on Zara—she always asks first.
      Alice gets frustrated, but the two friends work through their differences. Written by debut picture book author Deirdre Prischmann and illustrated with expressive characters designed by Sarah Jennings, No Hugs! is a perfect springboard for talking about feelings, consent, and body autonomy with young children.
      No Hugs! is Deirdre A. Prischmann's debut fiction picture book. She lives in the upper Midwest with her husband, two girls, one extremely smelly dog, and an assortment of fish.

      Sarah Jennings discovered a love of drawing at a very young age and has been scribbling in a sketchbook ever since. She works from her home studio in London, in the company of her threelegged cat, Calvin.
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    Forgotten Beasts Amazing creatures that once roamed the Earth Matt Sewell
    9781843653936 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals Age (years) from 7 - 10 Publication Date:July 30, 2019
    $26.95 CAD 236 x 306 x 9 mm | 880 gr | 96 pages Carton Quantity:10 Canadian Rights: Y Pavilion Children's
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      A witty, colorful celebration of the amazing lost creatures of this planet; with a strong message of protection and conservation.

      Matt Sewell’s follow-up to The Colorful World of Dinosaurs is a beautifully-illustrated large format look at the amazing beasts that time forgot—from the relatively well known, such as the sabre-toothed tiger and woolly mammoth, to the obscure monsters that walked the earth millions of years ago—many now forgotten.

      Although less celebrated than the dinosaurs, the range of beasts is equally impressive, every one an amazing or scary creature that actually stalked the planet. Like the dinosaurs, these beasts are awe-inspiring in their variety, in a wide range of furs, feathers and colours, making for a stunning collection of vivid watercolor illustrations.

      These beasts are arranged chronologically—from the strange invertebrate Opabinia that lived over 500 million years ago, to the Thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger, that became extinct in 1936.
      Artist and illustrator Matt Sewell is renowned for his bird and animal illustrations. Matt has illustrated for the Guardian and Barbour, painted underpasses for the RSPB, and exhibited in London, Manchester, New York, Tokyo and Paris. He is an avid ornithologist and regular contributor to the Caught by The River website (he also designed their logo). He has illustrated numerous children’s books including The Colorful World of Dinosaurs. His bird books, including Penguins and Other Seabirds, Our Songbirds, and A Charm of Goldfinches and Other Wild Gatherings, have taken the world by storm. He lives in Shrewsbury, UK with his partner and two children.

      Author Residence: Shrewsbury, UK

      Author Hometown: County Durham, UK
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        Publicity: Placement in nature and science journals including Nature, Science, Smithsonian, Preservation, National Wildlife, Natural History, National Conservation, Wildlife Conservation, Yankee, and National Geographic.

        Holiday round up - Newspapers, TV, etc.

        Trade reviews will include PW, LJ, Kirkus, Foreword, etc.

        Key children’s media - NYT Book Review, Horn Book, Scholastic, Parents, etc.

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    Does It Fart? A Kid's Guide to the Gas Animals Pass Nick Caruso, Dani Rabaiotti, Alex G. Griffiths
    9780316491044 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3, Reading age from 4 - 8 On Sale Date:July 02, 2019
    $23.49 CAD 8.25 x 9.25 x 0.45 in | 0.74 lb | 48 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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      A hilariously informative book of facts, farts, and fun!

      Dogs fart. Cats fart. Horses fart (a lot). But what about snakes? Spiders? Octopuses? What about chimpanzees? Cheetahs? Or dinosaurs?

      In this gaseous guide to kids' favorite animals (and some they've probably never heard of), young readers will discover not only which animals pass gas, but also which have the stinkiest farts, which fart the most, and where all this smelly stuff comes from. They'll even learn which species has its own secret fart code! Perfect for reluctant readers, and with full-color illustrations throughout, Does It Fart? is the funniest book you never knew you needed.

      Based on the New York Times bestseller Does It Fart?: The Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence.
      Nick Caruso is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech. Dani Rabaiotti is a PhD candidate and a zoologist at the Zoological Society of London. Together, Nick and Dani wrote the New York Times bestselling Does It Fart?: The Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence.

      Alex G. Griffiths is an artist and designer whose books include the Wee Beasties series and The Bug Collector. He lives in the United Kingdom.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Booklist Editors' Choice 2019
      Wisconsin's 2020 Picture This List
      ILA-CBC Children's Choice Book
      2022 Bluestem Award Nominee

      * "From opening overview of the diverse anatomical processes that lead to passing gas to closing reminder that everyone does it (even kids), a savory blast for all who appreciate humor on an alimentary level. And science, of course."—Booklist, starred review
      "Laugh-out-loud.... [A] silly but science-filled text. Sure, farts are funny, but they're also a normal part of living (and eating)."—Publishers Weekly
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    Celebrations Around the World The Fabulous Celebrations you Won't Want to Miss Katy Halford, Katy Halford
    9781465483904 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Holidays & Celebrations Age (years) from 4 - 6, Grade (US) from P - 1 On Sale Date:August 27, 2019
    $18.99 CAD 9.75 x 9.75 x 0.45 in | 1.09 lb | 48 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y DK Children
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      It's time to celebrate! From Christmas and Thanksgiving, to Diwali and Halloween, kids won't want to miss out on all the festivities.

      Embark on an exciting journey through the most interesting and important festivals, celebrations, and holidays enjoyed by people around the world. Stunning original illustrations and fascinating facts will inspire and inform children about cultures and religions from the countries of the world.

      Witness a camel marathon in a celebration of the Sahara Desert, and devour some delicious dumplings to celebrate Chinese New Year. Discover why skeletons dance at the Day of the Dead in Mexico, and get messy at Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors.

      Children will love poring over artist Katy Halford's beautiful illustrations, which showcase every celebration in absorbing detail. Engaging factual writing introduce young readers to the most interesting aspects of each celebration, from the costumes worn to the food eaten, and encourage an understanding of other cultures and religions.
      Katy Halford was born in a small village in Leicestershire, England, as has always loved to draw. She has a degree from Loughborough University in the UK.

      Katy Halford: I was born in a small village in Leicestershire on a snowy winters morning in the year of '85. Ever since I have known, I have always loved to draw. I was told that from a young age, I used to always put eyelashes on the characters I drew. This became one of my distinct quirks and has stuck with me ever since! As a child, I used to create paper houses and shops and I would play for hours in these imaginary worlds, creating little stories and acting them out. I would say this is where my love for illustration started, and from then I continued to study the 'arts' at school and went on to graduate at Loughborough University with a degree in Illustration. I work from home, in a lovely house with a beautiful spacious garden. The garden is full of greenery and flowers and the birds are always singing. We have two bunny rabbits named Hubert and Esme, they are quite some characters! I am fascinated with people and animals and turning them into characters... I love to add patterns and details to clothing, add fun hairstyles, hats, glasses and lots of other accessories! Everything always starts off as a sketch and then I scan in the sketches and painted textures and work in Photoshop to add colour to my illustrations.
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