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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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Let the adventure begin! Three distinctly different best friends answer the call of the Kuroba--cube-like creatures that are the secret force behind all of nature--to become the first Kuroba Keepers of their generation. Follow Mari, Tara, and Reina along with Kurobas Emberfox, Pegaplant and Octoboss on their journey to balance humankind and nature. Join the battle to become a Master Kuroba Keeper!
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Life in the primordial swamps of prehistoric Earth was a daily trial of survival, especially for the smaller dinosaurs just trying to get by without being trampled, attacked, or eaten. Not even the biggest beasts were safe, as there always seemed to be an even bigger threat looming on the horizon. This exciting tale, written by Frederic Brremaud, is told without narration or dialogue, conveyed entirely through the beautiful illustrations of Federico Bertolucci. A beautiful, powerful tale of survival in the animal kingdom that explores the all-too-identifiable, universal concepts of Life, Courage, Aging, and ultimately Love.The fourth volume in the lavishly illustrated series of wildlife graphic novels, each following a single central animal through an adventurous day in their natural environment. Each tale depicts genuine natural behavior through the dramatic lens of Disney-esque storytelling, like a nature documentary in illustration.
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"Visually lavish and unforgettable."--Kirkus"While the plot, such as it is, is engaging, the real star here is the luminous artwork, which features vivid, realistic animals in alarming peril. The astonishing destruction is both chaotic and gorgeous."--BooklistSecond in the celebrated series of wildlife graphic novels, author Frederic Brremaud and illustrator Federico Bertolucci turn their lens on a northeastern woodland setting to follow a single fox through its daily journey through the trees and along the seafront. Only this is not just another day--a spectacular volcanic eruption throws the area into chaos, sending creatures of all kinds scurrying for safety. But the intrepid little fox surprising decides to run into the danger instead of away! What could send this tiny hunter towards the danger?This all-ages title will appeal to children and adults for its breathtaking illustration and gripping adventure drama.
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The third volume in the lavishly illustrated series of wildlife graphic novels, each following a single central animal through an adventurous day in their natural environment. Each tale depicts genuine natural behavior through the dramatic lens of Disney-esque storytelling, like a nature documentary in illustration. Both heartwarming and heartbreaking, this volume focuses on a solitary Lion as it wanders the plains of Africa, handling the daily hunt, and vicious rivalry, without a Pride of its own. The circle of Life takes center stage in a world where predator and prey trade places on a regular basis, and Family is something worth fighting--and dying--for. This exciting tale, written by Frederic Brremaud, is told without narration or dialogue, conveyed entirely through the beautiful illustrations of Federico Bertolucci.A beautiful, powerful tale of survival in the animal kingdom that explores the all-too-identifiable, universal concepts of Life, Courage, Aging, and ultimately Love.
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"Visually, the book is a marvel, with panel after panel of Bertolucci's gorgeous palette of jungle greens disrupted by the tiger's distinctive orange blaze. The other animals are beautifully rendered, and the storytelling has the feeling of an animated film."--Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review)"Visually eloquent story . . . "--School Library JournalA day in the life of the king of the jungle, this lavishly illustrated story follows a single majestic tiger through a wordless adventure of survival as it hunts prey and defends itself from other would-be killers defending their territory. This exciting tale is told without narration or dialogue, conveyed entirely through the beautiful illustrations of Federico Bertolucci.A beautiful, all-ages title that explores genuine natural behavior through the dramatic lens of Disney-esque storytelling. Like a nature documentary in illustration.
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The Madballs are back, in all their grody, goofy glory! The Screamin' Meemies go head to head with the Horn Heads for a chance to play in the most exciting sporting event in the galaxy . . . The Bizzaro Bowl! The Madballs are pumped for the big match, but when the contraptions go screwy and start blasting Balls out of the field, how can they compete? These orbs may be dirty, but they like to play fair!
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With the Bizarro Bowl sabotaged into total chaos, the Madballs start pranking the heck out of each other to get revenge--what a great plan! Once the smoke clears they discover the real culprits: the headless Torsoids. But are they too late? And what about rush hour traffic? The grosser-than-gross all-new adventure continues!
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The dastardly Torsoid team has blasted the Madballs to a faraway planet where they'll never be able to compete in the Bizarro Bowl! To make matters worse, they're stranded on a planet with their total opposites--adorable, fuzzy creatures known as the HairBalls! Can the two beefing Madballs teams find a way out of this cutesy planet and into the Bizarro Bowl before it's too late?
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The Madballs have made it to the biggest, wackiest intergalactic sporting event--the Bizzaro Bowl! They're facing down their nemesis, the headless Torsoids, who've tried everything to keep them out of the match. Screamin' Meemie and Horn Head have totally different ideas on how to lead the team to victory, but it'll take everything they've got to beat the Torsoids' superior size, not to mention their arms and legs!
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