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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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When Jack Skellington's faithful pet Zero gets lost, the ghost pup must get the help of the residents of Christmas Town to find his way back. With Halloween plans on hold while Jack mounts a search, will they be reunited in time to save both holidays?
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Lost in Christmas Town and surrounded by delicious baked treats and tasty snacks, poor Zero's hunger got the better of him and he ended up biting off more than he could chew. Now he's trapped with the grumpy Mr. Myzer, the only person in town who hates Christmas! He must have a good reason to be so melancholy with so much joy and delight around him, but what could it be? Back in Halloween Town, Jack is so worried about his best friend that he reluctantly sends Lock, Shock, and Barrel on a mission to get him back. Surely this time they'll take the job seriously and won't let shenanigans and tomfoolery distract them from bringing Zero straight home. ...right?
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In this brilliantly illustrated, full-color book, Dark Horse Books and DreamWorks Animation join forces to celebrate the climatic third film showcasing more adventures of Toothless and Hiccup. Featuring hundreds of pieces of original art and commentary from director Dean De Blois and the many talented artists and filmmakers who have created this masterpiece of storytelling and animation. A beautifully designed volume featuring exclusive commentary and never-before-seen art from the creation of the animated motion picture masterpiece! Don your winged Flight Suit, grab your Dragon Blade, hop on your obedient Night Fury, and get ready for the ride of a lifetime with your favorite dragons and Vikings in the latest installment in the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy! Fans will delight in the discovery of previously unknown dragons, the threat of a heartless villain, and the quest for sanctuary that propels the story to extraordinary new heights (and depths!). Venture into the Hidden World where dragons roam free under the watchful eye of their leader Toothless as, above ground, Hiccup struggles to assume leadership of his tribe.
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Meet Armand Jones, a typical boy from small town U.S.A. Doesn't like his teachers. Doesn't like homework. Can't stand the bullies constantly harassing him on the bus every day. But what he really won't like is getting ZAPT! Armand is about to be inducted into the ranks of the Pan-Galactic Order Of Police, where, like it or not, he'll have to save Alien Races and outwit marauding Space Pirates! And he'll still have to be home in time for dinner. Being a kid is about to get a lot harder!
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