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Shanghai, November 1937. Yaya, the eight-year-old daughter of a diamond merchant, lives a life of luxury in the French Concession in Shanghai. Her one great passion is the piano. While she is preparing for an important audition, her father decides that the family must leave town in the face of the imminent Japanese invasion. The evening before all the family is to leave, stubborn Yaya, unaware of the danger, runs away in an attempt to make it to her audition come what may. On the way, in the midst of the crowd fleeing the Japanese offensive, She is caught in a bombardment. She owes her life to Tuduo, a street urchin who discovers her unconscious in the ruins of a house. With his help, Yaya learns that her family fled for Hong Kong without her, and she determines to go join them there right away. Tuduo begins to dream about what his life would be like if Yaya's parents welcomed him and his little brother into their beautiful home. He decides to go along with Yaya on her long and perilous journey. But before he can do anything, he must escape from the clutches of Zhu, who runs a gang of homeless boys. When Zhu learns that Tuduo's little protégée is from a very wealthy family, he comes up with a Machiavellian plot to kidnap her and collect a ransom. Tuduo and Yaya barely manage to get away and head off for the south. But Zhu, a heartless outlaw, doesn't give up so easily and comes after them, driven by his high hopes of cashing in on the ransom scheme. This nine-volume series chronicles their long journey fraught with perils. The children meet all sorts of people, both friendly and wicked, as they travel toward Hong Kong. Yaya and Tuduo are different in every way: social background, character, dreams, and desires. These children learn many growing lessons along the way, not the least of which is to judge a person on their character, not their social or financial status. The gloom of war, its absurd tragedy, gives way to the incredible capacity of youth to overwhelm grim reality. Imagination is the only thing these children have to defend themselves against adults who are like the ogres, evil fairies, or good witches of bedtime tales. Their imagination gives the story a touch of poetry, while humor brings a lighter touch to a story that is steeped in genuine historical tragedy.
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Despite the bombings that ravage the streets of Shanghai, young Yaya and Tuduo find themselves in the clutches of the infamous gangster Zhu. Tuduo is already quite familiar with Zhu's criminal business intentions, having run the streets for quite some time before the war began, but now he's held prisoner and forced to loot the many deserted homes in the city's upscale neighborhoods. Meanwhile, Yaya is forced to do housework around the criminal's lair, including cleaning a room filled with captive snakes! As scary as that may be, however, her uncanny ability to talk to animals helps turn things around. But when Yaya's former nanny finds them, Zhu realizes this little rich girl could be his ticket to the fortune of a lifetime. Even as Yaya, Tuduo, and the nanny escape Zhu's clutches, their adventure is only just beginning . . .  This second book in the adventures of Yaya continues the exciting formula launched by the first volume: two adorable kids chased by a wicked villain, a small animal with extraordinary capabilities, and a desperate war raging in the background. Artist Golo Zhao is particularly at home in this landscape format of large, beautifully colored panels in which Yaya and Tuduo's innocence contrasts with the chaos of the setting.  The story may be simple and intended primarily for young readers, but it has a vivacity and energy that will thrill audiences of all ages.
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Encounter and Barko leave Kayla and the city behind to go camping and get some well-deserved relaxation! However, their rest is interrupted when intergalactic bounty hunters from Myornak come looking for them! Worse still, these hunters are prepared with the perfect tools for capturing our shape-shifting hero! With high-tech cameras and anti-superpower devices, these hunters may be too much for even Encounter! Can Encounter convince the relentless hunters that he's not a criminal? Or will he finally surrender? 
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Egads! UFOs have come to Earth, and they're all over the news! Barko and Kayla are ready to protect the city, but Encounter seems reluctant to face them. However, when these spaceships start colliding into buildings, someone MUST do something to keep the people of Earth safe! Can we depend on our yellow and green hero to come save us?
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Encounter and Barko can defend humanity from the toughest villains, but what happens when they meet . . . another hero?! Never fear, Encounter, Champion is here! This masked defender of justice is eager to help them take down villains, but our heroes aren't sure if Champion is really friend or foe! And Kayla, the team's dauntless coach, starts acting all funny with Champion around . . . just what is going on?
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Champion might be Earth's newest hero, but Barko is sure he's a foe in disguise! There's no time to find out the truth when villain Stare-O, using X-ray vision, goes after the pods. How will Encounter protect his friends from dangerous optic blasts when he doesn't even know who they are? And what happens when secret identities are revealed?
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Encounter and Barko are seeing double. Two Kaylas have broken into their home, and their secret identities are out! But how can they tell the real Kayla from the fake? It could be the end for Champion! Game shows aren't just for TV, and this one is pulling back the curtain on the villain behind it all. Now is the time to tell friend from foe . . . and family?!
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With Encounter missing and Plagnor underground, Kayla and Barko are trying to save the day with no clue where the villain might strike next. But when Kayla reveals the truth about the pods' location, Plagnor's goal is in sight and out of this world. The evil plan is in motion . . . LITERALLY, as the comic shop launches the heroes into the final battle!
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"FOR MORA WE STRIVE" On tiny Mora—hurtling through space trying to find a star bright enough to sustain its fading life—everyone must do their part to keep the planet alive. Workers work. Leaders lead. Fighters fight. But Loon Ozoa, confined to the life of a pit worker but born with the heart and passion of a warrior, dreams of enlisting in the Temple of Sacred Defense and fighting the monstrous Feeders that threaten his people's existence. When his friend Val Mol, second in command of the Rightful Blade, promises Loon a place in his ranks, Loon hopes to finally serve a higher purpose. But his hoverhog-riding, glint-slinging, mine-master grandma and her motley crew—the Cloud Raiders—are none too pleased about Loon trading in his drill rig for a shift sword. Determined to serve Mora, Val and Loon's place in the military soon gets them lurched right into the murky waters of a conspiracy, one that holds dark secrets at the hands of their supreme regent. Will Val and Loon remain loyal to their commander, or will the secrets they uncover change everything they thought they knew about the purpose of their fight and fate of their planet? "Reading Glint is good training for being able to see past the noisy squabbling of individuals towards the bigger systems, structures, and power dynamics in play. Or a gorgeously drawn and high-energy, other-world adventure. Your pick! But if I wanted a kid to ask critical questions about why the world isn't as it should be, and who is benefiting and who is being hurt, without hitting them over the head with it, I might slip them this book."   —Thi Bui, author of The Best We Could Do, illustrator of A Different Pond "The world of Glint pulls you right in and never lets up for a moment. A thoughtful, layered world, with grit and grace."   --Harvey Award winner Mariah McCourt, creator of Stitched and New York Times bestselling writer of True Blood: All Together Now "Sattin and McGinty's Glint is a masterful work of rebellion, filled with rousing speeches, edge-of-your-seat adventure, treachery, and danger. It dares to ask the question: how much is hope worth to you?" --David Gallaher, Harvey Award-winning writer of The Only Living Girl, The Only Living Boy, High Moon, and Box 13 "A sweeping sci-fi adventure, rich with imagination and mystery." -Ben Costa, creator of Rickety Stitch and Pang the Wandering Shaolin Monk "Reading Glint is like watching a Saturday morning cartoon rerun from a show you forgot existed. Sattin's fun dialogue bounces effortlessly from McGinty's dynamic illustrations which are brought to life by Kays' warm, inviting colors. Rarely is there such harmony between creators. Glint is something special." -S.M. Vidaurri, creator of Iscariot and Iron: Or the War After  
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The true tale of Irena Sendlerowa, a social worker in the Warsaw ghetto in the early 1940s, during the early days of German occupation. She is credited for saving the lives of 2500 Jewish children by gradually and quietly smuggling them to safety in small groups. While she is eventually arrested by Gestapo, imprisoned, and tortured for her actions, she refuses to reveal her network and is condemned to death.  She is ultimately saved from death by other members of her organization.  After the war, she retrieved the names of all children she saved (kept in a glass jar buried under a tree behind her house) and attempted to locate each of their parents for reunion. And while most of the parents had been gassed in the Holocaust, she made it her mission to help those orphans find new homes.   Another true SCHINDLER'S LIST scenario, illustrated for a younger audience, but equally moving for adults.  
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