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New Releases for January 2018!

Happy New Year! If one of your resolutions was to read more in 2018, we have lots of great new releases for you to kick off January.

Nonfiction

States of the Union by Michaela Papa In nonfiction, poetry, short fiction, artwork, and detailed interviews, States of the Union collects reflections from everyday Americans on the 2016 presidential election. Edited by Michaela Papa, States of the Union captures an honest, nonpartisan snapshot of America in the wake of a historic election. If You Hit Me One More Time by Tonya Cannon Growing up in the south, Tonya had a difficult childhood after a fatal mistake took her parents away. Slowly, she began to heal from the tragic events of her past until a cycle of domestic abuse begins to appear, leading her to make one of the bravest—and hardest—decisions of her life: to escape her abusive marriage once and for all. Join Tonya on a compelling journey of bravery, discovery, and hope as she strives to gain a new outlook on the world through faith and truly begin to heal. Do You Want to Know? Women’s Lives and Relationships from a Hairstylist’s Point of View by Tina Tesfaye The bonds between women are some of the most strong and unique, and nothing shows that more than the voice of a woman herself. Do You Want to Know: Women’s Lives and Relationships from a Hairstylist’s Point of View is a first-person look into the lives of strong, take-charge women who will inspire readers to be equal and confident in all of their relationships.

Fiction

Definition of a Friend By Elaine Cornell Ida Bergstrom vividly remembers her childhood on her family’s farm in Bräkne-Hoby, Sweden. Her name was Inga Ohlsdotter then, the child of well-off parents who ran their own farm, tutored their daughters in English, and were well respected in the community. When her father develops a gambling problem, Inga and her family struggle to keep their family farm. In the turmoil, Inga begins to have prophetic dreams, a gift, her mother tells her, passed down to her from her Grandmother to guide her in times of trouble. When the farm is finally sold after her father’s death, Inga goes to live with her aunt. It is not long before Inga realizes that she cannot stay in Sweden, and, perhaps, was never meant to. The first book in a three-part series, Sweden’s Child is a vibrant look at Swedish culture, a compelling immigrant’s narrative, and a moving coming of age tale all at once. People of all ages will see themselves in Inga’s challenges and will revel in her strengths and successes. Kooshma: The Origin by Dytania Johnson The folk tale of Kooshma has been passed down in the South for generations. Now Dytania Johnson has put together the chilling tale of his origin. Witness the rage and suffering that leads Kooshma to become a legend in this horrifying tale of revenge.

Chapter Books

Forgotten Lands: Dragon Island by Jennifer Strain
What are the strange trinkets in Grandfather’s attic? Is there any truth to his magical stories?
Join Sadie on a thrilling adventure as she discovers that her grandfather’s treasures are from a once forgotten land. When Sadie and her cousins find a magical map, they are whisked away to a land where royalty is plagued by fire-breathing, book-eating dragons! Can Sadie save the Queen’s most prized possessions?
 

Children’s Books

Glory Days Press Sports Biographies: David Ortiz by Andrea Alexander Glory Days Press Sports Biographies: David Ortiz from Glory Days Press is a biographical children’s book about one of the best hitters in Major League Baseball history. Designed to help kids fall in love with books, young readers can advance their vocabulary while learning everything there is to know about David Ortiz’s life. What’s College About Anyway? by Betty Thomas Patterson Have you ever dreamed of college? Today, Miss Sims is talking with her class about college and answering all of their questions. What can you study at college? Will you meet new people? Are there other things to do beside study? What’s college about anyway? Fit Mom by Candace Quinn Join us in experiencing the transformation of a mother through her daughter’s eyes in this fun and imaginative take on the wacky world of parenting. Based on a true story, Fit Mom is a great read that introduces healthy habits for young readers and promotes healthy living for all ages.
by Joan Kaufman Reis has waited years to lead his family on their migration, and the time has finally arrived! There’s just one problem—he doesn’t know which way to go. What good is a goose who doesn’t know how to fly south? Will he head in the right direction, or will he always be Wrong Way Reis?
Hey Tuskegee! by Robert E. Constant Join Robbie and Saniyah on a trip to their parents’ alma mater for homecoming! Relive the magic of possibility and the immersive pageantry of school spirit as the siblings celebrate the accomplishments of iconic African-American alumni and historical figures who helped make Tuskegee University the incredible institution it is today. Written equally with nostalgic sentiment and educational insight, Hey Tuskegee!inspires past, present,and future students to be the best they can be. Don’t miss out on this instant classic! Nestor’s Adventures: From Garbage to Garden by Kathy Hopper and Shawn Bruckman Explore the world of composting with Nestor the earthworm. Learn how bacteria, fungi, and other composting friends turn a pile of organic waste into healthy compost! Follow along with Nestor in this richly illustrated tale and learn how your waste goes from garbage to garden.
The Big Bad Whaaaat???? by Eileen R. Malora
When a retired police dog named Jax witnesses a little girl wander into the woods alone,his world is turned upside-down in this charming twist on a classic story. Vividly illustrated and unexpectedly original, The Big Bad WHAAAAT???? demonstrates that even the best intentions can become the misadventure of a lifetime. After all, there are two sides to every story.
A portion of all proceeds is donated to support the life-saving efforts of Hi-Tor animal shelter. Saddle Sisters: The Trail Ride by Liz Macchio Riding should be fun! But when both the horses and their riders don’t get along, what will happen? Jessica and Rebecca are sisters, but Jessica thinks Rebecca asks too many questions, and they don’t get along. Snickers and Daisy are schooling horses, but Snickers thinks Daisy also asks too many questions, and they don’t get along either! Can the sisters and their horses figure out how to help each other and have fun? The Learning Buddies: Roman Learns How to Make Friends by Patricia Loge Roman the Lion is starting his first day of school, and he’s nervous to make friends. Follow along with Roman as he learn the social skills he needs to interact with others and have a good time! This fun yet educational book is the first of an eight-book series teaching children how to navigate the skills they need to navigate their lives.

Wallaby Walkabout by Kerry Chávez Hoss is invited to accompany a wallaby on his walkabout, a very special tradition of exploring the land, culture, and identity. Wander with them through the Outback as they learn about its history, landmarks, and extraordinary creatures! Oh No! I Gotta Go to the Dentist! by Dianne Peterson Today, Lucy is going to the dentist for the first time and isn’t sure what to expect. But with the help of the Smile Squad–Minnie Mirror, Sammy Sippy, Explorer Eddy, and Pearly Polish–Lucy learns how a visit to the dentist can be fun and magical! The Very Hungry Cave Boy: Our Modern Day Challenge with Kids and Their Brains by Deirdre Pizzoferrato What drives us to make the decisions that we do? We’re constantly exposed to stimulus that drive pleasure, motivation, and, eventually, addiction, but at the center of all the outside in put is one thing: our brains. Unlocking the complex system that is our brain is an important part of raising well-balanced kids who understand how that powerful “machine” influences our day-to-day decisions. In the era of instant gratification, The Very Hungry Cave Boy helps kids understand why they do the things that they do, and how they can use that to be healthier, happier, and smarter.
Noot’s in Charge by Frances Warner Norman doesn’t understand why his big brother, Noot, is always in charge! Will it ever be his turn to be in charge? How can he prove himself to be worthy? Gorgeously illustrated and thoughtfully written, Noot’s in Charge is an instant classic that explores the up’s and down’s of growing up with siblings.
Millie’s Song of Courage by Sharon Hudson Millie loves to sing, but she’s scared of singing in front of people! She doesn’t want anyone to laugh at her, so she only sings when she’s alone. But with her beautiful voice, Millie deserves to sing in front of an audience. Can she find the courage to stand up in front of everyone and prove to herself that she can sing?
Franny the Nanny in Gumdrops for Breakfast by Sarah  King Franny the Nanny seems like a dream come true when she starts giving the kids mountains of sugar and piles and piles of sweets for lunch, breakfast, AND dinner! Who wouldn’t want a nanny who just lets you have sweet treats all the time? But is it possible for kids to tire of sugary snacks? Will they ever eat fruits and veggies again? And what is happening to Franny? Maybe this clever nanny has something else up her sleeve…
The Spring Suitcase Stories by Margaret “Peggy” Rose Dolan
Traveling storyteller Margaret “Peggy” Rose Dolan has collected three more of her spring holiday stories in this wonderful collection: Barney Blarney, Everything is Green Today!Bedelia and the Lightning Brigade, and Mitch the Mushroom as Told By A Big Old Fat Green Frog. Come gather around as she lights a candle and opens her suitcase of stories for you and your family to enjoy.
And be sure to look out for her companion stories, The Fall Suitcase Stories!
A Good Fox by Madelyn and Monica Fox When the fox meets the gingerbread man, her world is turned upside-down. Will they be friends or foes? Will her hungry bear friend be able to help? The beautifully illustrated debut from Madelyn and Monica Fox, A Good Fox, is sure to delight and inspire the best in everyone. The Sewanee Night Before Christmas by Katie Porterfield A Sewanee update to the classic Christmas tale! Instead of red, Santa wears purple, instead of reindeer, there are tigers, and instead of coal, there are perfect little gifts from favorite local shops. Beloved and familiar buildings and traditions abound, bringing warm feelings and making this book a must-own for anyone who loves the magic feeling of the Domain. A Sheep and a Horse by Jennifer Cash
The lost, lonely sheep
Didn’t fit in from the start
Until she meets a kind (but sad) horse,
In this story that will warm your heart!
Anthony Rizzo is a Good Italian Boy by Amanda ReCupido & Matt Lynch
The Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo loves big dinners with his family when he’s not hitting home runs on the field. Take a look at what defined a baseball legend in the highly-anticipated literary debut from Amanda ReCupido and Matt Lynch. Richly illustrated and full of heart, Anthony Rizzo is a Good Italian Boy is sure to be an instant classic for fans of all ages.
by Lauren Miller
Are you hungry? It’s lunchtime now!
So let’s get ready—don’t worry, we’ll show you how!
by Andra Gillum Riley is one happy dog living a charmed life with her mom and dad. But as her family begins to grow, Riley must learn to adjust to crying babies, touchy toddlers, and a pushy new puppy. Read along to see the doggy drama unfold!
by David Hughes
When Benny is tasked with a daunting homework assignment to tell the class what he wants to do when he grows up, he is thrust into a journey of wonder and self-discovery. Will an enlightening conversation with his grandfather change everything?
In his richly illustrated debut children’s book, Benny Becomes an Architect, David Hughes uses fun facts about Morgan State University to explore the awe-filled opportunities that different careers can offer. Relive all the wonder, excitement, and possibility that a future with Morgan State University can offer today! Faith and Zee: Same, but Different by Kimberly Woock
Faith and Zee are two sisters who may be different in many ways, but they also have many ways in which they’re the same. Come along and see how special kids can help you too see things in different ways!

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New Releases for December 2017!

Happy December! It’s a new month, which means new releases. We’re excited to share some great new titles with you just in time for the holiday season.

Nonfiction

The Dot on the Left By Dave Swanson We all have dreams. Too often, those dreams seem out of reach to us for so long that we lose hope that we will ever achieve them. Fortunately, there are three key steps that anybody can take to making their dreams a reality. In this book, Dave Swanson details how he used these simple principles (who wrestles goats anyway?) to overcome staggering odds and graduate from the United States Military Academy Preparatory School. Despite being an academic laughing stock and having a rudimentary understanding of math, Dave beat the odds and earned an appointment to West Point. Through Dave’s inspiring story, you will stop and consider all those dreams that you have long put on the shelf and then make a plan to go after them as if your life depends on it. BECAUSE IT DOES. Slide! The Tragicomedy That Defined Me, My Family, and the City of Philadelphia – And How It All Could Have Been Avoided Had Someone Just Listened to My Lesbian Great Aunt By Carl Wolfson
Slide! is the laugh-out-loud true story of the greatest collapse in baseball history, told from the perspective of a boy who lived it. The Philadelphia Phillies’ bid for the pennant in 1964 was an almost flawless run. With twelve games to play, the team’s lead seemed insurmountable. For 11-year-old Carl Wolfson, it was the happiest summer of his young life. Then the unthinkable happened. With each late-season loss, Phillies fans were thrown into despair, and Carl’s crumbling dream of a World Series forced him to take refuge in comedy. Luckily, it was all around him. His bickering parents (who put up Chinese symbols for “peace” and “happiness” and argued for years about which was which), his grandmother (who was so stubbornly Republican that she refused to carry a Roosevelt dime), and his mouthy great aunt (whose protest letters to the Phillies front office became local legend) created plenty of opportunity for distraction. This coming-of-age tale unfolds with the backdrop of President Kennedy’s assassination, the stormy Goldwater-Johnson campaign, the civil rights struggles of the early 1960s, and the (hilariously hyperbolic) height of Communist paranoia, creating a nuanced picture of what life was like during that tumultuous time of national and international change. A universal story of hope and heart and a finely crafted homage to childhood, family, and our national pastime, Slide! is essential reading for Phillies fanatics and fans of any team. Thomas: The Journey By Beverly Brumback The journey of life is full of many twists and turns, and you’re never quite ready for someone to enter unexpectedly, especially someone who has been dead for over a hundred years! When a spirit named Thomas came into Beth and Michael Duncan’s life, they had no idea how he would change their world forever. Based on true events, this thrilling and thought-provoking tale explores the difficulty of patience in the face of the unknown.
Hormones, Hair Elastics, and a Helmet: The Art and Science of Successfully Coaching Female Athletes By Dr. Jeffrey R. LaCure, Psy.D, M.S.W., LICSW Calling upon over twenty five years of experience, Dr. Jeff LaCure combines practical, hands-on coaching advice with an in-depth review of the latest research in his groundbreaking new book, Hormones, Hair Elastics, and Helmets. Part-memoir and part-instructional, this meticulously researched guide is a captivating must-read for coaches, athletic administrators, and parents alike.

Fiction

Sweden’s Child By Elaine Cornell Ida Bergstrom vividly remembers her childhood on her family’s farm in Bräkne-Hoby, Sweden. Her name was Inga Ohlsdotter then, the child of well-off parents who ran their own farm, tutored their daughters in English, and were well respected in the community. When her father develops a gambling problem, Inga and her family struggle to keep their family farm. In the turmoil, Inga begins to have prophetic dreams, a gift, her mother tells her, passed down to her from her Grandmother to guide her in times of trouble. When the farm is finally sold after her father’s death, Inga goes to live with her aunt. It is not long before Inga realizes that she cannot stay in Sweden, and, perhaps, was never meant to. The first book in a three-part series, Sweden’s Child is a vibrant look at Swedish culture, a compelling immigrant’s narrative, and a moving coming of age tale all at once. People of all ages will see themselves in Inga’s challenges and will revel in her strengths and successes. Spirit of Engineering By Najeeb Kuzhiyil
Being an engineering student can be tough, and sometimes you can lose sight of what it actually means to be an engineer. But a road trip to Dayton, Ohio, to visit the home of the Wright Brothers might be exactly what two freshman engineering students need to unravel the true nature of engineering—plus gain the skills they need to build a Baja car to win the intercollegiate race!
Follow along on the story of a lifetime as these students delve into the origins of modern engineering and discover the skills they need to succeed in both school and in life.

Chapter Books

The Disgusting Adventures of Bugaboo and Buzz Buzz: Into the Toilet of Doom By Alan Tom Bugaboo and Buzz, two young fly brothers, are tired of eating poop from the outside garbage can. When the chance arises to live the good life inside the house, how can they say no? But they soon find danger awaiting them in the form of…the Toilet of DOOM! Cotton Tells: The Magnetic Tale of Seven Springs Lake Michael James Kolich
Read closely as Cotton unravels her story and introduces you to Jan, Rustle and Abs: the valley’s youngsters. They experience some of Mother Nature’s finest moments and challenges while being simultaneously fascinated by their mobile communication devices. Meet dad as he shares his historical account of the happenings surrounding Seven Springs Lake, the life- giving body of water for Cotton’s panoramic valley. Discover Nik as he weaves his thread of mystery for Cotton and the valley. Was he real? You’ll be drawn to wonder, along with Cotton, as she recalls the details of Nik’s long ago, impact-filled visit. Angie’s Rescue: Pigs CAN Fly! By Barbara Thumann-Calderaro
Mr. McGregor is a pig farmer, meaning that his job is to fatten his pigs up and sell them off to the butcher. But when he starts to befriend his new pig, Angie, he begins to question if she really deserves her fate on the butcher’s block. Can a man change? Can a pig fly?
This short story addresses challenging questions like “Why love one but eat the other?” and Jeremy Bentham’s infamous quote, “The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor, ‘Can they talk?’ but ‘Can they suffer?’” It is based on a real pig named Angie who was rescued. Find more about Angie’s story at the back of the book.

Christmas-themed Children’s Books

Claudia Claus and the Christmas Eve Storm By Ann and Rob Quandt Have you ever wondered how Santa manages to make his toys, keep track of the naughty and nice lists, and still manage to get to every single good little child’s house on Christmas night? Well, it’s because he doesn’t do it alone! His wife, Claudia Clause, helps him run the whole North Pole operation. When Santa gets caught in a storm one night, it’s up to Claudia to save him! With the Clauses working together, will Christmas be saved? The Nantucket Elves By Amy Orlen Christmas is right around the corner, and everything is going according to plan… until Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer gets sick with the flu! Without his shiny nose to lead the way, Santa might not be able to reach all the children on the Nice list who live on the island of Nantucket. It’s up to the elves Arthur and Asher to find a way to save Christmas day!

Children’s Books

10 Gulab Jamuns by Sandhya Acharya
Young brothers Idu (Ee-doo) and Adu (Aa-doo) can’t wait for dinner! They’re having guests over, and their Mamma has already made a feast that has their mouths watering. Now all Mamma has left to make are the Galub Jamun… But Idu and Adu don’t know what that is! From their first taste of the sweet treat, they can’t seem to get enough of the syrup-soaked dough, but Mamma has only made so many. Will the Galub Jamun even make it to their guests’ plates?
This humorous and fun story includes a simple recipe to make your own Galub Jamun, and easy to follow lessons so you can make sure to count them along the way!
Bittersweet Holidays By Nadya Klimenko
Misha the little bear is feeling sad this fall holiday season! Because he has food allergies, he can’t enjoy all the treats that his classmates are eating. Can his class figure out a way to let Misha have a fun and safe holiday? Perfect for parents confronting the allergy question, Bittersweet Holidays offers information and resources to help make any child’s holiday fun, inclusive, and–most importantly–safe.
By Bette Jo Sibley Mr. Roy loves cleaning and taking care of Cosby Elementary School. But today, the principal is missing and it’s up to Mr. Roy to keep the school running! Come find out what an adventure it would be on the day when Mr. Roy ran the school.
Say Goodbye to Mr. Moon Debbie Gordon Mr. Moon loves to smile! He smiles at everyone he sees. But when nobody smiles back at him, he decides to take a vacation! What will happen to the people of the town without a moon smiling down on them? Will they learn how powerful a simple smile can be? Odonata: The Flying Jewel of Maiden Grass Pond By Barbara Gervais Ciancimino Perched on a cattail plant, Odonata watches the other dragonflies dart around in a fun game of tag. But every time Odonata tries to join them, they ignore him. Why won’t they let him play? To make matters worse, a humongous Blue Hawker dragonfly named Drago has been going out of his way to be cruel to Odonata. Living on Maiden Grass Pond has not been going very well for Odonata, until one rainy afternoon when everything changes…
Tomorrow in Cambodia By Jordan Isham and Liam Fulton Meant to serve as both an English learning tool for Cambodian students, and as an introduction to Cambodian language and culture for English speakers, Tomorrow in Cambodia is a story of hope and understanding. Written by five cadets of the United States Military Academy at West Point, this heartfelt story is part of a larger initiative, the 501c3 nonprofit Connect Cambodia, that seeks to improve education in the developing world. All proceeds go towards benefiting educational initiatives in Cambodia. Scary Every Day By Kevin Comstock Nate is only eight, and he can’t help but be scared and worry, About this and that—about everything in this story! When Nate can’t seem to conquer his fears, Will he be able to accept some help when it appears? A Dog Named Shug and the SEC By Charlene Thomas Shug has found the missing Game Ball. Come along with Shug, the Golden Retriever, and Aubie as they visit all the other SEC teams that the Auburn Tigers will play, meeting team mascots and others along the way.

Tanya’s Tech Troubles By Danya Belkin Tanya loves her tablet, and her parents love all the educational games available to her. But when Tanya spends a little too much time with the tablet and not enough time with her homework or friends, her parents start to worry. Can they solve this tech problem before it’s too late? Stop bullying, work together, friends forever! Otis Goes to CMU By Jeanneane Wood-Nartker, Amanda Kviz, & Bethany Kviz Otis is so excited to be heading off to Central Michigan University in the fall! Follow him as he meets new friends and gets “fired up” for his time here in Mt. Pleasant! The Travels of Adventurous Alexander and Relentless Russell: Dominican Republic By Kristina Kozak
Wherever adventure awaits, Adventurous Alex and Relentless Russell are close by! Today they’re touring the Dominican Republic. Follow along with them and tour a sugar cane plantation, try some cocoa, go on a monster jeep ride, and meet a real live snake man! Pick up a book and start traveling with these brothers today!
15 Days of Love By Kristina Gipe
What does it mean to love? Jesus taught the world what it means to love and be loved, and, through 15 Days of Love, continues to teach readers of all age just how powerful love is.
Four Pals at the Circus By Angel Tucker Foul Pals at the Circus is the second book in the second series with the Four Pals. In this adventure, the focus is on Iris – the Inspiring “I” type personality! To find more Four Pals books, go to www.FourPalsFanClub.com or www.personalityprofiles.org.
Birth of an Angel By Petra Malinova
From birth, every child is blessed—a little angel. Follow along in this heartwarming story of love and devotion as you discover just how special each and every child truly is.
The Super Smart Girl Book By Latine McIntyre
Join the fierce and respectful Royal in showing her passion and love for life through the empowering stories of her everyday adventures. The Super Smart Girl Book features the first two stories in the incredible hit series seeking to enlighten and inspire young girls everywhere.
Inn at the Edge of the World By Jeremy Gritton
When Sam’s parents decide to leave their safe but boring lives in Charcoal City behind, each day becomes a new adventure. Filled with quirky guests and magical mishaps, running an Inn at the Edge of the World is anything but boring!
Cut It Out! Stories by Greenville Shriners Hospital
Shriners Hospitals for Children—Greenville specializes in the expert
pediatric orthopaedic care of over 85 physically-challenging conditions,
and exists to improve the lives of all patients, regardless of a family’s
ability to pay. Cut It Out! was inspired by the #CutTheBull campaign, a
nationwide awareness effort by Shriners Hospitals for Children to bring
further attention to the bullying epidemic, particularly for children with physical differences who are twice as likely to be bullied.
Cut It Out! tells the stories of nine brave Greenville Shriners Hospital patients through the children’s own perspectives. Students from two local schools in Greenville, South Carolina created the illustrations, resulting in a delightfully collaborative and colorful book.
Cut It Out! serves to educate young children by heightening their mindfulness about the power of our words and the hurtfulness of bullying. Through simple storytelling and vibrant visuals, the purpose of this book is to promote compassion and understanding at an early age.
A Normal Turtle: An LGBTQ Kid’s Book

By Doug Reynolds

This story is different from “normal,” it’s said, A boy born as a fox, raised a turtle instead! It’s so hard when you’re small to tell left from right, So imagine, I ask, our little kit’s plight. Will he be brave? Only time can tell If our poor little fox will come out of his shell…
Rescuing Reed: The Little Dog Who Could By Heidi Mottin
When Reed is left homeless and alone in an animal shelter, it’s up to a special volunteer, who takes an interest in the lost and lonely little dog, to help him discover his purpose. Follow along in this heartwarming story of love, rescue, and hope as Reed finds out that everyone is valuable in their own unique way, and everyone deserves a second chance.
by Laura Irelan
If trying to multiply numbers makes your head start to ache, Then this book will help make it a piece of cake! 3 x 1 might be easy to do, But 6 x 7 can be easy too! Make math fun with these rhyming lines, And you too can figure out your Tricky Times!
By Richard Lee Marsh
For over 70 years, the United States Air Force has been serving the military and civilians alike. If you’ve ever wondered what lies in the wild blue yonder, or said the word “ZULU”, this book is for you to follow along and learn even more about this exciting branch of the military.
By William Mason
In the town of Gray, there is only rain and dark,
Every house, every person, every park—
Except for one little boy whose heart is a shining, colorful array!
Can a boy with a big and bright rainbow heart bring color and happiness to Gray?
 

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