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Books of the Month

Reader ReviewedWave
Paul Dowswell
July 2016 Book of the Month | Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 World War One didn't just affect those involved in the fighting but those left at home, and subsequent generations too as this novel shows. Charlie joins up,... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Moonlight Dreamers
Siobhan Curham
July 2016 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Awesome Empowerment * Sisterly Support * Pursuing Passions This inspirational story about following dreams and the power of female friendship is as rich, warm and cheering as being curled up... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Blame
Simon Mayo
July 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell : tense, unusual thriller Set in a not-too-distant future in which, following the collapse of the EU and a major recession in the UK (that must feel much more prescient now... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Such Stuff A Story-Maker's Inspiration
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month July 2016 Award-winning former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo gives all those who love his books a fascinating behind-the-scenes introduction to how he came to write twenty of them. While each story and the inspiration... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedChildren of Icarus
Caighlan Smith
July 2016 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: * Dystopian deception * Greek myth * Survival A labyrinthine world of brutality, deception and monstrous creatures awaits in this intense coming-of-age fantasy about fighting to survive. Being chosen... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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Other Featured Books this Month

Over the Line
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 10+ Reading Age 8 Football never dies – even during the darkest days of the First World War. Tom Palmer tells the true story of the Footballers' Battalion.... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Bone Sparrow A Refugee Novel
Zana Fraillon
Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 | In a Nutshell: Refugees | Resilience | Friendship A heartfelt, harrowing insight into life as a Rohingya refugee in an Australian detention centre, told through the unforgettable voice of an unforgettable... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 14/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Witch's Kiss
Kate Corr, Elizabeth Corr
July 2016 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Witchcraft * Vengeance * Dream Boy Melding ancient witchery with modern-day dilemmas of the heart, this deliciously dark tale is a feast that will be devoured by fans of both fairy-tale... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Hawkweed Prophecy
Irena Brignull
July 2016 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Old world witches * Potent prophecy * Firm friendship Fairytale witch-magic melds with the modern world in this captivating debut. A spell is cast when two babies are born as... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2016
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Sky Key
James Frey
The sequel to the New York Times bestseller and international multimedia phenomenon, Endgame: The Calling. Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedAnd I Darken
Kiersten White
In a Nutshell: Ruthless anti-heroine * Epic alternate history * Loyalty and love Epic and intense, this rich reimagining of Vlad the Impaler as a young woman will have fans of dark history hooked from the outset. Think Game of... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Eight Rivers of Shadow
Leo Hunt
In a Nutshell: Dead gripping • Dead funny • Deadpan urban fantasy Full of fantastical thrills, supernatural spills and wail-out-loud wit, this sublimely plotted sequel to “Thirteen Days of Midnight” is a riotously riveting read. There was a time when... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedConcentr8
William Sutcliffe
Set in a near-future version of London, where a drug called Concentr8 has been extensively prescribed to young people diagnosed with ADHD, this is the brilliantly provocative second young adult novel from the bestselling author of Are You Experienced? and... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/06/2016
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Eden Summer
Liz Flanagan
Brilliant new writer Liz Flanagan makes her debut with this stunning story about friendship, loss and finding yourself in the midst of tragedy. Jess's life is thrown into turmoil when best friend Eden goes missing. What follows is a tense... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/07/2016
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Girl Online: On Tour
Zoe Sugg
The things that have made Zoe Suggs's lifestyle vlog such a phenomenon with teenagers are exactly the things that will make her new novel such a hit with them. In On Tour her central character Penny, just post-GCSEs, is off... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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Summer Shadows
Joss Stirling
In a Nutshell: Paranormal powers * High-octane action * Hunt for happy-endings Step into the shadowy world of the Savants in this sixth installment of a series that oozes intrigue, action and romance. To set the scene for the uninitiated,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Sunny Side Up
Holly Smale
In 3 words : Harriet hits Paris A treat for the summer holidays this special Geek Girl novella sees Harriet Manners in Paris for the Haute Couture shows no less. Being Harriet, she's extensively researched Haute Couture, but it wasn't... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 30/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedOne
Sarah Crossan
Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Joint Winner of the CLiPPA 2016 (CLPE Children's Poetry Award). Award-winning Sarah Crossan tells an astonishing and difficult story with the surest of touches in this tender, funny and life affirming... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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The Front Room
Michelle Magorian
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7+ There's more than one ghost in Michelle Magorian's genuinely creepy new short novel. Hannah, her mum and dad and little brother are on holiday and she's sure there's a sinister presence in their little... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2016
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The Loose Ends List
Carrie Firestone
July 2016 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Trip of a lifetime • Seize the day • Perfect endings Always heartwarming, often laugh-out-loud hilarious, this is a sublime novel about living, loving and savouring every precious moment. As... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2016
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Cruel Heart Broken
Emma Haughton
In a Nutshell: Deceit • Decisions • Doing the right thing A gripping, emotionally-charged page-turner about guilt, regret and finding the strength to face the truth. 15-year-old Laurie has always been a good girl, but confesses a guilt-ridden secret right... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedRemade
Alex Scarrow
In a nutshell: coming after you The best horror stories play on our deepest fears, and Alex Scarrow works that brilliantly in this thoroughly unsettling and unputdownable thriller. Leon is smart, and realises early on that something bad is happening:... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Otherlife
Julia Gray
July 2016 Debut of the Month Absolutely compelling. I have to admit to being rather surprised by ‘The Otherlife', I think I was expecting a rollicking fantasy adventure, instead a startling, yet subtle and thought provoking read awaited. Either told... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedA Thousand Nights
E.K. Johnston
Set against a vividly drawn desert backdrop, this spellbinding novel about love, self-sacrifice and the power of stories shimmers as vibrantly as a queen's finely threaded robes. When cruel king Lo-Melkhiin arrives in her village, the eloquent narrator of this... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/06/2016
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Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The Broken King
Philip Womack
One of our Books of the Year 2014 When Simon is really annoyed with his sister Anna he summons up the Broken King from a favourite poem and asks him...
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Reader Reviewed Apple and Rain
Sarah Crossan
Winner of the Children's Book Award 2016, Books for Older Readers category - Longlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children's Book prize - Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal Apple is...
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Reader Reviewed The King's Shadow
Philip Womack
Hidden away in the Land of the Broken King, Johnny and Anna are being held prisoner. Bravely, Simon and Flora enter the hidden kingdom to search for their missing...
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The Search for Mister Lloyd
Griff Rowland
Winner of Tir na n-Og Book Award 2016 A gorgeously quirky and magical story about friendship, hope and discovery, for young and older adults alike. Mostyn is a pigeon fancier,...
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Reader Reviewed The Crystal Run
Sheila O'Flanagan
June 2016 Debut of the Month High-octane, high-stakes fantasy quest in which a teenage boy finds himself embroiled a world of warring lands and self-sacrificing teenagers. At first, “gangly” Joe might...
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Reader Reviewed The King's Revenge
Philip Womack
A story of knights and gods, a quest that takes its characters through wild and strange landscapes, a tale of courage and loyalty in the face of terrifying opponents,...
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Reader Reviewed Nightwanderers
C. J. Flood
June 2016 Book of the Month From the Branford Boase award-winning author of Infinite Sky comes this smartly-plotted page-turner about intense friendship and discovering unexpected strengths. Shy Rosie had “never...
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Reader Reviewed Alone
D.J. Brazier
Gosh, this is a full on adventurous tale about hope and survival! Then there's the beautiful friendship between a boy and an otter cub which really gives this story heart...
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Reader Reviewed Five Hundred Miles
Kevin Brooks
June 2016 Book of the Month | Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8 In a Nutshell: mysteries – urban jungle - escape With typical intensity, Kevin Brooks presents readers with...
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Reader Reviewed The Book of Pearl
Timothee De Fombelle
June 2016 Book of the Month In a Nutshell: Timeless fairytale • Eternal love • Lyrical quest An enchanting, beautifully written novel about how first love can shape...
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Racing Manhattan
Terence Blacker
June 2016 Book of the Month - In a Nutshell: Awe-inspiring • Odds-defying • Dream-chasing • Horse-racing Exhilarating equine epic about following your dreams and overcoming obstacles, set in the...
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Reader Reviewed If I Was Your Girl
Meredith Russo
June 2016 Debut of the Month Amanda Hardy is the new girl at school. Like everyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is...
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The Crystal Stair
Catherine Fisher
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 - In a Nutshell: danger deceit determination Catherine Fisher's dystopian vision of a frozen world is beautiful, intriguing and makes for gripping reading. The...
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Goodbye Stranger
Rebecca Stead
Rebecca Stead loves to set her readers puzzles: there are huge mysteries in her award-winning novels When You Reach Me and Liar and Spy and her new book, Goodbye Stranger...
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Mate Match
Pete Johnson
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7 - In a Nutshell: love and laughs This witty comedy of modern manners will have young people snorting with laughter and quite possibly squirming...
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The Shepherd's Crown
Terry Pratchett
The completely and totally wonderful wiz(z)ard of words Terry Pratchett, has departed for what I'm sure will be a very interesting conversation, with the cat and curry loving Death. Terry...
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Summer Days and Summer Nights Twelve Summer Romances
Stephanie Perkins
In a Nutshell: Summer love | Short stories | Poolside pick-me-up Perfect for dipping into between dips in the pool, this varied seasonal anthology features twelve scorching stories by twelve...
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Thicker Than Water
Anne Cassidy
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 - In three words: violence – love - tragedy John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is the inspiration for Anne Cassidy's novel and she...
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Reader Reviewed Girl Out of Water
Nat Luurtsema
In a nutshell: (the loneliness of the long distance swimmer) comedy – romance – synchronised swimming Perfect for the summer holidays or as revision comfort reading, Girl Out of...
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Reader Reviewed How Not to Disappear
Clare Furniss
August 2016 Book of the Month Hattie's life changes forever when she meets the great aunt she never knew she had. Gloria by name, and glorious by nature, this headstrong...
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The Fix
Sophie Mckenzie
Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8+. A tense novel about finding the special kind of courage needed to do the right thing in difficult circumstances. Blake is great footballer; playing...
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Reader Reviewed Unbecoming
Jenny Downham
Award- winning Jenny Downham launched her career with Before I Die. The story of a young girl facing death, it showed a bold author who could write sensitively about a...
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The Deepest Cut
Natalie Flynn
June 2016 Debut of the Month In a Nutshell: Boundless friendship • Real-life rawness •Surviving loss A gripping, emotionally authentic debut about grief, guilt and the tragic reality of knife...
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Notes on Being Teenage
Jana Rosalind
Teens & YA's love to read and are the best authority on how it feels to be a teenager so we asked one of our teen Reader Review Panel members...
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The Last Star
Rick Yancey
The enemy is Other. The enemy is us. They're down here, they're up there, they're nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe...
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Reader Reviewed Zom-b Clans
Darren Shan
In this latest instalment, B's fellow Angel, Vinyl, is being held hostage by the sinister Owl Man who will only release him in exchange for B's own dangerous captive. B...
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Reader Reviewed Off the Page
Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer
May 2016 Book of the Month This companion novel to the bestselling Between the Lines also works wonderfully as a life-affirming standalone novel, and features a sprinkling of full-page...
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Reader Reviewed Underwater
Marisa Reichardt
May 2016 Debut of the Month This extraordinary, powerful book has life lessons for everyone, though its central character has lived through experiences that, fortunately, will be unknown to...
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The Art of Not Breathing
Sarah Alexander
April 2016 Debut of the Month Five years have passed since Elsie's twin brother vanished into the sea on their birthday. Her parents and brother are still broken by their...
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Alien Rain
Ruth Morgan
Alien Rain is an incredibly gripping adventure thriller that 10+ year olds will devour. Bree, the main protagonist is a teen girl who is hugely brave and yet the insecurities...
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Reader Reviewed The Bombs That Brought Us Together
Brian Conaghan
Set in a bleak world and reminiscent of Orwell's 1984, The Bombs That Brought Us Together is nonetheless a funny, tender, surprising and uplifting novel. Charlie's life should be pretty...
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The Awakening of Sunshine Girl
Paige McKenzie, Alyssa B. Sheinmel
This second instalment in a tantalisingly terrifying sequence of books based on a YouTube sensation is every bit as chilling as it's predecessor, and also digs deeper into Sunshine's emotional...
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Reader Reviewed Not If I See You First
Eric Lindstrom
May 2016 Debut of the Month An incredibly uplifting, thought provoking and sharply beautiful debut. Once I started reading I couldn't stop and when I turned the last page I...
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Reader Reviewed The Outliers
Kimberly McCreight
May 2016 Debut of the Month The Outliers is one of those twisty thrillers that run on paranoia. It will send readers' heartbeats soaring as their fears for the safety...
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Reader Reviewed Whisper to Me
Nick Lake
May 2016 Book of the Month This electrifyingly smart story of a teen girl's struggle with a tormenting voice in her head is a masterwork of contemporary YA. There's a...
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In the Dark, in the Woods
Eliza Wass
May 2016 Debut of the Month Haunting coming-of-age page-turner about 16 year-old Castley's battle to break free from her father's repressive religious mania. The five Cresswell siblings and their broken, doll-like...
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Wolf by Wolf
Ryan Graudin
Powerfully thought-provoking alternate-history thriller in which an unforgettable heroine seeks revenge on Hitler. It's 1956, more than ten years since the Nazis won the war, and 17 year-old Yael belongs...
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Hell and High Water
Tanya Landman
Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 The astonishing story of a young man's quest to find justice for his father, from the Carnegie Medal-winning author of Buffalo Soldier. ...
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Reader Reviewed The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Daring, beautifully written, full of ideas that will bring the reader up short, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a dystopian...
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The Crossover
Kwame Alexander
‘The Crossover' is original and absolutely stunning, both visually and emotionally, it's also an award winner, and deserves to be. First published in the United States in 2014 and described...
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Finding Audrey
Sophie Kinsella
Audrey's family life is reassuringly normal. There's her Daily Mail reading mum, computer game addicted big brother, and well-meaning dad trying, and generally failing, to say the right thing. It's...
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Wintergirls
Laurie Halse Anderson
Shocking, mesmerising and utterly convincing, Lia tells the story of her disjointed life in the iron grip of an eating disorder. Already happily embracing the demons who drive her not...
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The Monstrous Child
Francesca Simon
May 2016 Book of the Month Francesca Simon has chosen a singular heroine for her first novel for teenagers. Hel is Queen of the Norse underworld, but never has the...
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Reader Reviewed The Girl of Ink & Stars
Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
‘Here be dragons' it says on old maps, but Isabella finds creatures even more terrifying in the unchartered lands of Joya, the island that is her home. Joya is a...
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Napoleon Xylophone
Frank Lambert
A darkly quirky and action packed fantasy adventure that proclaims it's not only ok to be different, it can at times, actually be an advantage. 15 year old Napoleon, also...
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Devil's Blood
Andrew Prentice, Jonathan Weil
A horror-fantasy time-travelling adventure - the sequel to the acclaimed Black Arts! Devil's Blood is an extraordinary story not to be missed! Perfect for those who like a thrilling historical...
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