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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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"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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On a nowhere asteroid on the far rim of the galaxy, two young alien girls—Rox and Zam—spend their days tearing apart and repairing clunkers in a spaceship junkyard. These aspiring gearheads yearn for the chance to test their skills on something besides rusted old rockets and broken-down planet-hoppers. Their big chance finally comes when the captain of a mysterious ship called the Quasar Torrent enlists the kids for some repair work. But what initially looks like a golden opportunity quickly becomes a nightmare when the young friends find they’ve been kidnapped by what turns out to be a band of space pirates! Rox and Zam find themselves swept up in the astro-bucaneers’ vendetta against a huge intergalactic corporation that’s forced this motley band of working stiffs from across space into a life of crime. Now the girls must chose: do they want the comforts of home and family, or the glamorous adventure of a lifetime—to be part of a crew of colorful misfits intent on plunder, revenge, and excitement? Their lives, friendship . . . and maybe even the fate of a galaxy . . . hangs in the balance!
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