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Children's Books on Tour 2023 - Autumn Collection

As Oscar Wilde once said, “The best way to make children good is to make them happy” – and we cannot think of a better medium than books to do just that! With our bi-annual Children’s Books on Tour Collection we introduce new titles written in German and predominantly, though not exclusively, for younger readers. That’s the point of the Children’s Books on Tour Collection: to help ensure that stories are not limited by borders. 

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Die Tiere in deiner Umgebung / The Animals All Around You

Geh hinaus und entdecke … / Go Out and Explore

A nature study picture book with a modern layout, photos and illustrations, this book helps preschoolers and primary school children...

A nature study picture book with a modern layout, photos and illustrations, this book helps preschoolers and primary school children discover the natural world with downloadable tips and a game to identify  animal voices. The animals in this book are all around you: the butterfly is on  the balcony, the frog is in the pond, and the spider is in the hedge. Many native creatures are waiting to be found and photographed! 

Friederun Reichenstetter studied languages in Munich, Strasbourg and London. For many years, she has been working as a freelance author writing books for children and young adults. She lives in Munich with her husband. 

Hans-Günther Döring studied graphic design and illustration in Hamburg. He lives with his family, his dog, his rabbits and his chicken near Hamburg. 

Publisher:
Topic:
Children’s/young adult book
ISBN:
978-3-401-71901-6
Author:
Friederun Reichenstetter
Illustrator:
Hans-Günther Döring
Pages:
40
Format:
22.0 x 28.5 cm
Age:
4+
Price:
€ 15.00
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Nelumbiya

Im Land der magischen Pflanzen / The Land of Magic Plants

Tara is an orphan and a thief living in the mountain town of Ornata. Beyond the mountains lies the forbidden land...

Tara is an orphan and a thief living in the mountain town of Ornata. Beyond the mountains lies the forbidden land of Nelumbiya. It is  covered with wild plants which are supposedly harmful to humans. But when the talking Dandelion visits Tara from Nelumbiya, he is harmless and warns her about the sinister magician Askiel. Askiel is on the hunt for people who, like Tara, were born with a plant sign on their skin. 

Margit Ruile studied film direction. She started out as an assistant director on feature films. She then produced commercials before starting to write books for children and young adults full time. A mother of two daughters, she lives with her family in Munich. 

Helge Vogt illustrates children’s books and comic books for several publishers. He is a fan of magic and lives in Berlin. 

Publisher:
Topic:
Children’s/young adult book
ISBN:
978-3-401-60667-5
Author:
Margit Ruile
Illustrator:
Helge Vogt
Pages:
352
Format:
21.7 x 15.9 cm
Age:
10+
Price:
€ 16.00
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Mit Karacho in die Tiefe / Diving Down Into the Depths

Ozeanis / Oceanis

Leevi and his friends Kala and Enno take part in banned underwater races. On their speed gliders, they hurtle through...

Leevi and his friends Kala and Enno take part in banned underwater races. On their speed gliders, they hurtle through deep waters and labyrinthine caves, competing with three other teams: the Mechs, the Yellies and the Deep Riders. One day, Leevi plunges into the darkest depths off the shore of Sealand, where the most dangerous beast of all is waiting for its prey.

Anna Ruhe studied graphic design before becoming a corporate designer. After her two children were born, Anna started to write down the stories in her head. She lives with her family in Berlin.

Max Meinzold is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. His specialties are science fiction and fantasy, children’s and YA literature. He has been nominated for numerous awards. Max lives and works in Munich. 

Publisher:
Topic:
Children’s/young adult book
ISBN:
978-3-401-60625-5
Author:
Anna Ruhe
Illustrator:
Max Meinzold
Pages:
128
Format:
16.0 x 21.0 cm
Age:
8+
Price:
€ 13.00
Rights sold area:
German audio drama rights
Rights sold to:
Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark
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Harper Green

Be Brave. Be Angry. Be the Storm

Harper can hear other people’s thoughts. The only person she can confide in is Lucas – a boy who also has supernatural...

Harper can hear other people’s thoughts. The only person she can confide in is Lucas – a boy who also has supernatural powers. Together they trace the mystery of their past, and attract the attention of the government. Now they are being hunted. Then Lucas decides to begin a bloody campaign of revenge against their pursuers. Harper must come to a decision: should she stay with  Lucas? Or should she unleash the dark side of her own powers against their pursuers but also against Lucas? 

Carola Lowitz and Susanna Mewe have written many screenplays together (cinema and TV series for ndr, Arte, Vox, Sky, NBC Universal), as well as radio plays (thrillers, murder mysteries, sci-fi, true crime for Audible and SWR) and fiction. 

Publisher:
Topic:
Children’s/young adult book
ISBN:
978-3-401-60651-4
Author:
Carola Lowitz, Susanna Mewe
Pages:
352
Format:
15.0 x 21.0 cm
Age:
14+
Price:
€ 16.00
Rights sold area:
German audio rights
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Auf leisen Pfoten unterwegs / Quiet Paws on the Move

Die Welt in den Augen einer Füchsin / The World Through the Eyes of a Vixen

We human beings go into the forest to experience nature, but we often behave loudly and carelessly. How would a...

We human beings go into the forest to experience nature, but we often behave loudly and carelessly. How would a woodland animal perceive us? This richly illustrated book allows children and adults to experience the forest through the eyes and ears of a vixen. We accompany her through one whole year of her life. We learn how she hunts, eats, communicates, marks her territory, brings up her young, and finally, how she experiences human beings.

Patricia Thoma, born in 1977, is a visual artist, illustrator and author of the children's book Unsere Zukunft Träumen (Dreaming Our Future) and museum educator. Her work has won numerous awards and scholarships and has been featured in international exhibitions.

Publisher:
Topic:
Children’s/young adult book
ISBN:
978-3-407-75770-8
Author:
Patricia Thoma
Illustrator:
Patricia Thoma
Pages:
70
Format:
28,0 x 21,3 cm
Age:
8+
Price:
€ 18.00
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Mein großer Tieratlas / My Big Animal Atlas

100% Naturbuch / 100 % Nature Book

This large atlas showcases 120 animals from around the world. In Africa, hyenas, elephants and okapis say good night. In...

This large atlas showcases 120 animals from around the world. In Africa, hyenas, elephants and okapis say good night. In the USA, the whistling hare is wary of the poisonous diamond-backed rattle snake, while in the north, the grizzly fishes for salmon. The fact that wombats have cube-shaped poo and that the opossum carries all her babies around with her are examples of the many exciting and funny facts it contains.

Katrin Wiehle lives in the USA, where she does freelance illustration for a wide range of clients. In 2011, she received the Newcomer Award from the German Academy for Children's and Youth Literature, and her picture book debut Professor Pfeffer's Animal Adventure and the nature book My Little Forest also won awards from the Stiftung Buchkunst.

Publisher:
Topic:
Children’s/young adult book
ISBN:
978-3-407-75738-8
Author:
Katrin Wiehle
Illustrator:
Katrin Wiehle
Pages:
16
Format:
32,7 x 25,0 cm
Age:
3+
Price:
€ 16.00
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Weltreise mit Freunden / A World Trip with Friends

Racoon wants to go down to the sea, so he borrows a boat from Badger. But because one should never...

Racoon wants to go down to the sea, so he borrows a boat from Badger. But because one should never go on such a trip alone, Badger is happy to come along. On the way, they pick up Fox, who packs the eggs for their omelette, and Bear and Crow as well. They tumble through rapids, collect wild mushrooms and sweet blackberries, chase the bees away and enjoy a wonderfully lazy day - until homesickness takes hold of them.

In a quiet and light tone, Waechter explains that you don't have to go all that far away to experience a fantastic trip around the world.

Philip Waechter is an illustrator based in Frankfurt am Main. Beltz & Gelberg has published many of his picture books, most recently Ein Tag mit Freunden (A Day with Friends).

Publisher:
Topic:
Children’s/young adult book
ISBN:
978-3-407-75740-1
Author:
Philip Waechter
Illustrator:
Philip Waechter
Pages:
26
Format:
24,1 x 27 cm
Age:
4+
Price:
€ 15.00
Rights sold to:
Spain
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Was ist Künstliche Intelligenz? / What is Artificial Intelligence?

Wo sie uns im Alltag begegnet und wie sie funktioniert / Where We Encounter It in Daily Life and How It Works

Artificial intelligence finds funny videos for us, plays our favourite song on command and answers questions. It is everywhere in...

Artificial intelligence finds funny videos for us, plays our favourite song on command and answers questions. It is everywhere in our everyday lives, in our mobile phones, voice assistants and navigation systems. And it can do much more: teach itself things, read emotions based on vocal and facial expressions, and recognize illnesses. This is fascinating, but sometimes also scary. Those who understand how it works can use it mindfully.

Angelika Zahn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her first point of contact with STEM topics was as a freelance editorial director of Coding Kids, a social magazine for future-oriented education and digital understanding.

Lena Hesse is a trained print media designer and studied illustration and photography in Münster and Valencia. Since 2012, she has been working in Berlin as an illustrator and author for children's book publishers.

 

Publisher:
Topic:
Children’s/young adult book
ISBN:
978-3-407-75769-2
Author:
Angelika Zahn
Illustrator:
Lena Hesse
Pages:
90
Format:
22,5 x 16,8 cm
Age:
8+
Price:
€ 16.00
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Lass es raus, Knotenklaus / Kick Up a Fuss, Nate Knottopus

Nate is a near-sighted octopus. Because he's so shy, he barely ever leaves his cave – until the day he...

Nate is a near-sighted octopus. Because he's so shy, he barely ever leaves his cave – until the day he wakes up to find his favorite arm has worked itself into a terrible knot! Nate ventures out into the open sea to look for help … and soon encounters Shelly Shrimp. Along the way, anxious Nate learns a lot from other animals. In the process, he learns that life is an adventure to be experienced. This expressive picture book illustrates that nothing is impossible if we are brave enough to face our fears, show compassion and acceptance, and be true to our feelings.

Nothing makes Julia Regett happier than creating. In addition to illustrating books, she enjoys working in a shared studio space and designing her own postcards. »Kick Up a Fuss, Nate Knottopus!« is her second children’s book with CalmeMara. Her debut title »Little By Little Goes a Long Way« is also available.

 

Publisher:
Topic:
Children’s/young adult book
ISBN:
978-3-948877-24-8
Author:
Julia Regett
Illustrator:
Julia Regett
Pages:
40
Format:
32,5 x 25,5 cm
Age:
4+
Price:
€ 20.00
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Mein Wimmelbuch vom Tierschutzhof / My Favorite Animal Sanctuary Picture Book

Chatty hens pecking for food, happy pigs wallowing in the mud, and peaceful cows grazing in sunny pastures. This idyllic...

Chatty hens pecking for food, happy pigs wallowing in the mud, and peaceful cows grazing in sunny pastures. This idyllic scene depicts the life every animal deserves. But the reality is often much harsher. The animal sanctuary Sentana Village in Bielefeld, Germany, is a place where former “working” livestock are allowed to retire and live out the rest of their lives in peace. The primary goal of this incredibly detailed picture book is to show that every living being – whether human or animal – deserves respect. It is a colourful reminder to all of us of what animal welfare can and should look like. All without wagging a critical finger, of course.

Katharina Staar studied illustration and art education. Her work has been awarded the German Piepenbrock Art Funding Prize and the German Ravensburger illu2017 prize. She also teaches art to children, young people and adults.

 

Publisher:
Topic:
Children’s/young adult book
ISBN:
978-3-948877-21-7
Author:
Katharina Staar
Illustrator:
Katharina Staar
Pages:
16
Format:
34,0 x 26,0 cm
Age:
2+
Price:
€ 15.00
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Der Frosch bellt Määh! / Frog Goes BAA!

Cows go moo, sheep go baa and pigs go oink. But what do roosters, owls, and crickets sound like? This...

Cows go moo, sheep go baa and pigs go oink. But what do roosters, owls, and crickets sound like? This colourful foldaway picture book invites children aged 2+ to discover the vast possibilities of sound that occur in the animal kingdom. Countless combinations make for an interactive reading experience that never gets old.

Christian Matzerath has been working as a TV writer for cartoons, children’s live-action series, and quiz shows since training to become a primary school teacher. His curious and creative mind lends itself perfectly to the medium of children’s books. Stephan Lomp studied visual communication and has worked for print and web agencies, publishers, and event marketing companies since 1996. Stephan appreciates the versatility of his job and has already illustrated numerous children's books, some of which he also authored.

 

Publisher:
Topic:
Children’s/young adult book
ISBN:
978-3-948877-29-3
Author:
Christian Matzerath
Illustrator:
Stephan Lomp
Pages:
30
Format:
23 x 11,5 cm
Age:
2+
Price:
€ 16.00
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Das Glücksschwein sucht das Glück / A Pig´s Pursuit of Happiness

This lucky pig does not feel lucky at all. It always makes sure that everyone else finds their luck, but...

This lucky pig does not feel lucky at all. It always makes sure that everyone else finds their luck, but it never seems to be able to do that for itself. And so it wonders: what will it take to make myself happy? Ladybug, Lucky Fairy and Chimney Sweep are clueless, too. But then the Lucky Charms get lucky! When they meet little Felix, he shows them that happiness can be found in the smallest of clovers in the field. An artfully illustrated picture book with an important message: happiness looks different for each and every one of us. What makes you happy?

Dorothee Eva Herrmann, also known to her avid young fans as Fairy Doro, conjures up stories with her bundle of magic pens. Plenty in life makes her happy: her family, cat Lillie, fairy tales, a boundless imagination, dancing, colours, harp music, the scent of roses, and the sea.

 

Publisher:
Topic:
Children’s/young adult book
ISBN:
978-3-948877-15-6
Author:
Dorothee Eva Herrmann
Illustrator:
Dorothee Eva Herrmann
Pages:
36
Format:
20,0 x 20,0 cm
Age:
4+
Price:
€ 14.95
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Elefanten weinen nicht / Elephants Don’t Cry

When a sad elephant fighting back tears finds himself outside a mongoose den, he has come to exactly the right...

When a sad elephant fighting back tears finds himself outside a mongoose den, he has come to exactly the right place. Because the elephant thinks he's not allowed to cry and be sad! Elephants are such big strong animals! Fortunately, the mongoose knows better and shows the elephant how other animals deal with their emotions.

Because it's much better to feel and do what you want – and not just do what you think is expected of you.

Gesa Neitzel is the author of non-fiction books about Africa, safaris, and environmental protection. She is also an editor for television and a trained safari guide. Recently, she's been taking life a little easier and has devoted herself to full-time writing. Her non-fiction books have all been bestsellers.

Julian Meyer lives in Hamburg and is a freelance illustrator of children's books.

"[…] a beautiful, heartfelt story of a very unusual friendship with a clear purchase recommendation."  Klecks

 

Publisher:
Topic:
Children’s/young adult book
ISBN:
978-3-551-52175-0
Author:
Gesa Neitzel
Illustrator:
Julian Meyer
Pages:
32
Format:
27,6 x 22,55
Age:
3+
Price:
€ 13.00
Rights sold to:
Denmark, Netherlands, Romania, South Korea
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Baddog und Goodboy / Baddog & Goodboy

Baddog is a villain with superpowers. Actually, he'd like to show the humans who's really the boss. Thing is, he...

Baddog is a villain with superpowers. Actually, he'd like to show the humans who's really the boss. Thing is, he usually has bad luck trying to be the bad guy; and then there's his nemesis, Goodboy. But things turn out very differently than expected: through a chain of incredible coincidences, Baddog ends up being the hero! Even though that's not at all what he had in mind – he'd much rather have remained the villain …

Olschi did Japanese Studies at university, and she's always loved to draw, winning awards and contests. With the publication of Baddog & Goodboy, her life will surely turn in the direction of “full-time mangaka”.  

 

Publisher:
Topic:
Children’s/young adult book
ISBN:
978-3-551-02468-8
Author:
Olschi
Illustrator:
Olschi
Pages:
208
Format:
18,7 x 12,5
Age:
8+
Price:
€ 7.50
carlsen-weltatlas

Mein großer Weltatlas / My Big World Atlas

We loved the first edition of the atlas, which appeared nearly 10 years ago. Now the work has been newly...

We loved the first edition of the atlas, which appeared nearly 10 years ago. Now the work has been newly edited, and throughout its 18 pages it offers a comprehensive look at the continents and their plant and animal species as well as interesting cultural peculiarities.

The over 600 colourful illustrations have been carefully researched and feature a wealth of details.

Volker Präkelt works with book publishers, audiobook publishers and television networks.

Yayo Kawamura works with many children’s and YA book publishers. She grew up in Japan and Germany and has lived in Berlin since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

„Anyone who likes hidden object books will discover a very special kind of children’s atlas […]” Eliport

 

Publisher:
Topic:
Children’s/young adult book
ISBN:
978-3-551-25503-7
Author:
Volker Präkelt
Illustrator:
Yayo Kawamura
Pages:
18
Format:
35 x 26 cm
Age:
3+
Price:
€ 14.00
Rights sold to:
Spain
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Wolf

At summer camp, Kemi becomes a member of a group of very diverse adolescents and counselors. He meets Jörg, who's...

At summer camp, Kemi becomes a member of a group of very diverse adolescents and counselors. He meets Jörg, who's somehow even more different, but who Kemi finds very interesting. Kemi observes how the others treat Jörg and how developments within the group slowly escalate. How far? In his dreams, he encounters a wolf, his own fear. He learns to live with the wolf and to be courageous.

Wolf is a keenly observed children's novel about just how fine the line between being different and being ostracized is.

Saša Stanišić was born in Yugoslavia in 1978 and has lived in Germany for almost thirty years. His best-selling, prize-winning books have been translated into many different languages.

Regina Kehn is a well-known, prolific and award-winning illustrator. She works for many publishers and for a couple of magazines.

"An all-round successful and perfect symbiosis of a difficult topic, packed in an excellent text and pictures…”  buecherleben.de

"Stanišić [shows] cleverly how the patterns of exclusion and grouping work without making a textbook out of the story of the two misfits.” FAZ

 

Publisher:
Topic:
Children’s/young adult book
ISBN:
978-3-551-65204-1
Author:
Saša Stanišić
Illustrator:
Regina Kehn
Pages:
192
Format:
21,5 x 15,8
Age:
11+
Price:
€ 14.00
Rights sold area:
Spain: Catalan & Castilian
Rights sold to:
Slovenia, South Korea, Italy, Spain, Romania, Russia
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Im Bann der Elemente / Under the Spell of the Elements

Erdmittelpunkt: Betreten auf eigene Gefahr! / The Centre of the Earth: Enter at Your Own Risk!

When Jacob’s morning shower instructs him to come to the garden at midnight, he has an inkling that nothing is...

When Jacob’s morning shower instructs him to come to the garden at midnight, he has an inkling that nothing is going to be normal any more. And before he knows it, he is climbing through a mouse hole down into the depths of the earth to save the world. It’s lucky his best friends are with him. Unfortunately, it all gets quite dangerous: the elemental beings have set their sights on them.

Anna Herzog speaks French, Russian and Medicine, and believes in dragons and root knobbles. She would love to climb down into the depths of the earth herself.

Rarely have I read a first sentence that aroused curiosity better. [...] This book [...] is definitely scary, exciting, very gripping and in places absolutely funny. (BooKritiX)

Publisher:
Topic:
Children’s/young adult book
ISBN:
978-3-649-64211-4
Author:
Anna Herzog
Illustrator:
Mandy Schlundt
Pages:
224
Format:
21 x 14.2 cm
Age:
9+
Price:
€ 13.00
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Lebensgroß / Life-Size

Tiere der Meere und Ozeane / Animals of the Seas and Oceans

Coming face to face with an elephant seal? Looking deep into the eyes of a great white shark? In the...

Coming face to face with an elephant seal? Looking deep into the eyes of a great white shark? In the wild, it would be too dangerous. First-class illustrations with selected details show us 15 wild animals at life-size!

Holger Haag inspires children to take an interest in local flora and fauna both in his work at a care centre and in his many books for young naturalists.

Lars Baus illustrates children's books and non-fiction books, and draws for children's museums and nature conservation associations.

"This non-fiction book is visually outstanding. […] Highly interesting all round!" Die ZEIT

"There are children's books that are so breathtakingly beautiful that you consider yourself lucky to have a child in the house. Life-Size […] is such a book. […] Terrific." Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

The series has sold over 80,000 copies.

Publisher:
Topic:
Children’s/young adult book
ISBN:
978-3-649-64093-6
Author:
Holger Haag
Illustrator:
Lars Baus
Pages:
56
Format:
34.7 x 24.8
Age:
5+
Price:
€ 22.00
Rights sold to:
China, Czechia, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Russia, Slovakia, Türkiye
coppenrath-mo-wimmelmaus

Mo, die kleine Wimmelmaus / Mo, the Little Mouse

Wimmel-Bilderbuch mit vielen Klappen / A Busy Search-and-Find Picture Book

/ Lovable character for children to identify with...

/ Lovable character for children to identify with

/ Detailed search-and-find pictures with large transformation flaps

/ An incredible number of storytelling prompts

/ Lovingly-created woodland and village stories

Yayo Kawamura grew up in Tokyo. With an artistic upbringing that included painting, graphic design, sculpture and goldsmithing, she always had a particular fascination for drawing and painting. In 1989 Yayo Kawamura moved to Berlin and studied design communication there. She now lives in Kreuzberg with her family and her dog. She works for several children’s publishers, has illustrated numerous books, and delights every day in discovering new characters and stories.

More than 1.1 million of Yayo Kawamura's books have been sold worldwide!

Publisher:
Topic:
Children’s/young adult book
ISBN:
978-3-649-64482-8
Author:
Yayo Kawamura
Illustrator:
Yayo Kawamura
Pages:
14
Format:
30 x 24.5 cm
Age:
1+
Price:
€ 12.00
Rights sold to:
Denmark, Spain
coppenrath-lenny-hunter

Lenny Hunter

Die magische Sanduhr / The Magic Sand Timer

Lenny Hunter and his friends Cleo und Marvin have been alerted: the Red Paw, the world’s most dangerous criminal gang,...

Lenny Hunter and his friends Cleo und Marvin have been alerted: the Red Paw, the world’s most dangerous criminal gang, are searching for the magic sand timer. It can be used to turn back time for a moment – and it doesn’t bear thinking about what will happen if Don Wuff and his cronies get their paws on this precious artefact! They set off for the distant jungle – will they manage to find the sand timer before the Red Paw do?

A thrilling picture-book from our adventure experts THiLO und Silvio Neuendorf.

THiLO is somewhere between 18 and 65 – though he looks younger. He has been putting his heart and soul into writing children’s books since he was 15. His books have sold a total of over 4 million copies and been translated into 20 languages.

Publisher:
Topic:
Children’s/young adult book
ISBN:
978-3-649-64124-7
Author:
THiLO
Illustrator:
Silvio Neuendorf
Pages:
40
Format:
30 x 25.4 cm
Age:
3+
Price:
€ 16.00

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