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Each morning, a frail, old, bespectacled fisherman heads out to sea, leaving his doting, matronly wife at home patiently caring for the house, awaiting his return in the evening. But one evening he doesn't come home, instead accidentally snared by a much larger, industrial fishing trawler that absentmindedly carries him across the Atlantic. Back home, the village wonders what might have happened, assuming his death, but his wife refuses to give up hope. She consults a fortune teller who sees his visage in a crepe . . . alive in Cuba. Convinced her husband is still alive, she sets off on an improbable mission to save him. Completely wordless, this heartwarming and often hilarious adventure is a testament to not only the power of sequential storytelling, but the power of love itself.
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Olivia had always heard stories about Algeria from her maternal grandmother, a Black Foot (a "Pied-Noir," the French term for Christian and Jewish settlers of French Algeria who emigrated to France after the Algerian War of Independence). After her grandmother's death, Olivia found some of her grandmother's journals and letters describing her homeland. Now, ten years later, she resolves to travel to Algeria and experience the country for herself; she arrives alone, with her grandmother's postcards and letters in tow, and a single phone number in her pocket of an Algerian, Djaffar, who will act as her guide. Olivia's quest to understand her origins will bring her to face questions about heritage, history, shame, friendship, memory, nostalgia, fantasy, the nature of exile, and our unending quest to understand who we are and where we come from.
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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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It's Halloween season, when Seven Sails theme park's Shocktober Nights rule! Budding teen rebel Rey decides to ditch work to join her friends for spooky fun, and asks Devin to cover for her. One thing though: Rey's parents are a little (read: very) strict! Devin must wait for Rey to rush to Jog Mobile by 9pm – after closing – in time for her parents to pick her up. But Parker and her friends have other plans. Will Rey make it back in time? Can Devin keep her out of trouble?
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Job Mobile might've seen some action during the midnight release of the latest cell phone launch, but foot traffic has been down ever since. With sales dropping, Christian attempts to hire a new saleswoman. But apparently he didn't get the memo from corporate about the hiring freeze, and he gets the chewing out of a lifetime. But no sweat . . . #retaillife.  
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Parker decides to throw a party in the breakroom, which is seriously against the rules, but no one can say anything because her dad is the CEO. Elena, the newest employee at Jog Mobile, has had enough (on her birthday, of all days), but that won't stop her from getting the job done.  
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It's Halloween season, when Seven Sails theme park's Shocktober Nights rule! When Rey decides to ditch work and join her friends for spooky fun, she asks Devin to cover for her. One thing though: Rey's parents are a little (read: very) strict! Devin must wait for Rey to rush to Jog Mobile by 9:00 p.m.—after closing—in time for her parents to pick her up. But Parker and her friends have other plans. Will Rey make it back in time? Can Devin keep her out of trouble?  
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The aftermath of Rey's Shocktober Nights rebellion leaves Devin scrambling to convince Parker to help, which means giving up her plans and pulling off a heck of an impersonation. Rey's parents want answers, and it's up to the Jog Mobile team to give them without Christian, or anyone else, finding out the truth.
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Chaos has hit the Jog Mobile store, and its name? Black Friday. Unless Christian wants to relive the midnight launch and the fury of a few hundred nerds, he and the team are gonna need a new plan.
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Rey is stuck in dry cleaning purgatory after the stunt that ended her Jog Mobile job, but it looks like Corporate is playing no games as they sentence Devin and Parker to six hours of hell: sensitivity training.
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