5.30.17 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? #OrphanIsland

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week

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the titles we are currently reading.}

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Overview From B&N

Vera’s spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything.
 
So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to?
 
Edgy and gripping, Please Ignore Vera Dietz is an unforgettable novel: smart, funny, dramatic, and always surprising.

Certainly gripping. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened in their friendship to drive a wedge between Charlie and Vera. I also knew that Charlie was dead—but how? King’s slow reveal kept me hitting play on this audio book.

One thing bothered me, though: It was clear that Vera and Charlie were friends from a young age, and they were supposed to be close. But I never felt that King showed them getting along all that well. I wonder why.

My middle schoolers will enjoy reading this when they’re older.

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“A wondrous book, wise and wild and deeply true.” —Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon

For readers who loved Sara Pennypacker’s Pax and Lois Lowry’s The Giver comes a deep, compelling, heartbreaking, and completely one-of-a-kind novel about nine children who live on a mysterious island.

On the island, everything is perfect. The sun rises in a sky filled with dancing shapes; the wind, water, and trees shelter and protect those who live there; when the nine children go to sleep in their cabins, it is with full stomachs and joy in their hearts. And only one thing ever changes: on that day, each year, when a boat appears from the mist upon the ocean carrying one young child to join them—and taking the eldest one away, never to be seen again.

Today’s Changing is no different. The boat arrives, taking away Jinny’s best friend, Deen, replacing him with a new little girl named Ess, and leaving Jinny as the new Elder. Jinny knows her responsibility now—to teach Ess everything she needs to know about the island, to keep things as they’ve always been. But will she be ready for the inevitable day when the boat will come back—and take her away forever from the only home she’s known?

I’ll admit I had a tough time getting going on this one, but once I gave myself longer stretches for reading, I was captivated by the island life and the premise of the book.

If you’ve seen or read Maze Runner, you know that every so often a new teenager is brought to the glade with some more supplies. He has no idea who he is, how he got there, or what came before. Everyone has to bring the new guy or girl up to speed so she can be a contributing member. In Orphan Island, the newcomer to the island is a child brought by a green boat. That same green boat takes away the oldest kid—a young teen— to who-knows-where. It is the now-oldest’s turn to raise the newcomer.

Jinny, the main character, is kindasortabarely ready for this new role as elder. She’s selfish. She’s independent. She’s lonely. Watching the somewhat unlikeable main character struggle through this is often tough. I could see what she was doing wrong and how others were put off by it.

But aren’t we all fallible? Don’t we make wrong decisions? Aren’t we often slow to admit our mistakes? In that way, Jinny is very believable.

I read recently in a Nerdy Book Club post written by the author, Laurel Snyder, that she knows people—especially adults— will struggle with the ending because everything isn’t fully resolved. In the post she writes:

But this is what I know for sure—when I was twelve, nothing in my life had a bow on it. I hadn’t even found the ribbon, or thought about how I might knot it.  And in trying to write a book for my twelve-year old self, I wanted, more than anything, to say, “It’s okay that you don’t know things. It’s okay that you haven’t even figured out all the questions yet.  It’s okay to feel crazy and yet still move forward. In fact, you have to.”

Go for it. Read to wonder, to guess, to form possibilities, to explore. To move forward. You won’t be sorry.
While you’re at it, read Snyder’s 

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5.15.17 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #StillLifeWithTornado

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week

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the titles we are currently reading.}

This meme is originated by Jen and Kellee at TeachMentorTexts. Thanks!


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FIRST!

Remember the “What don’t kill you makes you stronger” song I played you? It’s by a band called NEED TO BREATHE.

We went to see them on Saturday night and recorded part of that song for you.

CHECK IT OUT!

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A heartbreaking and mindbending story of a talented teenage artist’s awakening to the brokenness of her family from critically acclaimed award-winner A.S. King.

Sixteen-year-old Sarah can’t draw. This is a problem, because as long as she can remember, she has “done the art.” She thinks she’s having an existential crisis. And she might be right; she does keep running into past and future versions of herself as she wanders the urban ruins of Philadelphia. Or maybe she’s finally waking up to the tornado that is her family, the tornado that six years ago sent her once-beloved older brother flying across the country for a reason she can’t quite recall. After decades of staying together “for the kids” and building a family on a foundation of lies and domestic violence, Sarah’s parents have reached the end. Now Sarah must come to grips with years spent sleepwalking in the ruins of their toxic marriage. As Sarah herself often observes, nothing about her pain is remotely original–and yet it still hurts.

Insightful, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful, this is a vivid portrait of abuse, survival, resurgence that will linger with readers long after the last page.
It’s hard to know what to say about his one, except…Wow. I really like A.S. King’s writing.

Sometimes I start a book and I feel a little lost. I’m not quite sure what’s going on. Usually I press on, knowing that the author is doing this on purpose. The point is to continue reading and unravel the mystery. In this case, having just read a different A.S. King book, I knew I trusted the author enough to press on. Honestly, pressing on while listening was easier than while reading. The fact that it was so highly recommended helped, too.

A New York Times 2016 Notable Children’s Book
A News & Observer Best Book of 2016
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2016
A Booklist Best Book of 2016
Booklist Top of the List 2016
A Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2016
A BookPage Best Teen Book of 2016
A Bustle Top 30 YA Book of 2016
A Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year

I’m so glad I did. This was another captivating book. It took a turn towards fantasy in a surprising way (not spoilers here!), but all while dealing with very real issues: the brain’s ability to block out painful memories, marriage issues, and domestic violence. This got serious quickly.

I thought it was interesting that small chapters were written from the point of view of Sara’s mom, and ER nurse. It was quite clever—for a younger reader to hear the thoughts, struggles, and issues of a parent will be eye-opening. Kids think we adults have it all together… that’s not always the case. Sometimes adults are confused or dealing with serious things as well. This book captures some of that.

In an interview King recently did with the blog Inside a Dog, King responded to this question:

Inky:  You mentioned in an interview how you chose Knopf because other publishers wanted you to take the adults out of Please Ignore Vera Dietz. What are your thoughts on the absent parents trope and why is it important to you to write complex parent characters in your YA books?

AK: I could go on for ages with this answer. Look. Adults in YA books aren’t new. My favourite book from my youth was Confessions of a Teenage Baboon (1977) by Paul Zindel and it’s littered with fully formed (and flawed) adult characters. That’s what made it so relatable to me as a reader. Why? Because teenagers’ lives are controlled by adults. Mine was, anyway.

I’m a rebel by nature and the minute someone told me that YA books weren’t ‘allowed’ to have adult characters or points of view, I decided that was a dumb rule and I was going to break it. The actual thing said to me was: ‘Teens only want to read about teens’. Isn’t that crazy? That was a publishing professional in NYC. And I beg to differ. As for tropes, I believe anything can work if done well, so I don’t really comment on those. But the absent parents in YA books? I just always wonder where the adults went, I guess. (I also wonder this in middle grade books, but that’s for another day.)

I’m quickly becoming an A.S. King fan. I’m looking forward to two more of her books:

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Oh, and this fun little nugget:

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And like magic, just as I finished Tornado…, this became available so I could finish it up.

…I ran out of time on this one and put my name back on the list.

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4.24.17 #IMWAYR #AskThePassengers

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week

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the titles we are currently reading.}

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I finished another audiobook:

Again, this is a more mature book, but the characters and writing style were so compelling. I like how King used the main character’s study of Greek philosophers to dig at some of the deeper questions. I like fantasy and dystopian books, but I can get “into” a realistic fiction book so quickly. The characters are so real.

One of the main things that Astrid does when she feels alone is to go out to her backyard and lay on the picnic table. She looks at the planes flying overhead and sends them her love. Strange right? But it fits the story so perfectly. When I finished listening to the book while walking my dog, I paused to send A. S. King a message. And she responded:

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Some picture books, too…

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4.20.17 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? student post: #RULEofTHRE3 #Frazzled

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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the titles we are currently reading.}

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FIRST! Jacob K. has a series he wants to share with you…AND it’s his birthday!:

The Rule of Three series is great but is only good if you really love reading. The series is hard to read sometimes as people die, get injured, or become depressed because they don’t know where someone is. Although it does have some tough parts the series is great if you like action and survival based books.

I personally loved this book because I’m into survival based books. My favorite thing about the book is that it builds up a lot of suspense. They don’t tell you what’s going to happen until later which makes you want to keep reading.

The basic gist of the series is that a sudden black out happens and it’s not a normal black out. Anything that uses computers to operate is down, phones don’t work, cars that have touch screens or computers don’t work. Everyone thinks the blackout will only last a couple hours, but after 3 days it becomes clear it won’t end soon.

Read the series to find out how Adam joins the neighborhood and they work together to faces friends and enemies in this awesome action/survival series.

 

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From HarperKids YouTube:

Meet Abbie Wu! She’s about to start middle school and she’s TOTALLY FREAKING OUT—and not just because she’s stuck in a family that doesn’t quite get her or because the lunch ladies at school are totally corrupt or because everyone seems to have a “Thing” except her. Abbie Wu is ALWAYS in crisis.

From debut author and professional doodler Booki Vivat, Frazzled dives right into the mind of this hilariously neurotic middle school girl as she tries to figure out who she is and where she belongs. Akin to Smile by Raina Telgemeier, Frazzled is heavily illustrated, embarrassingly honest, and sure to appeal to anyone in the middle of figuring out how to survive the everyday disasters of growing up.

Learn more about Frazzled here: http://www.harpercollins.com/frazzled

This was a fun book with great illustrations. They were quite creative and unusual.  Here is an example.

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Juba!

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3.13.17 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? #IMWAYR #MarchBook2

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week

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the titles we are currently reading.}

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Don’t miss the sequel to the #1 bestseller March: Book One!

New York Times Bestseller
One of YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens
Winner of the Will Eisner Award
Winner of the Street Literature Book Award Medal
Winner of the Denver Independent Comic & Art Expo Award

“With March, Congressman John Lewis takes us behind the scenes of some of the most pivotal moments of the Civil Rights Movement. In graphic novel form, his first-hand account makes these historic events both accessible and relevant to an entire new generation of Americans.” — LeVar Burton

“A must-read monument… As Rep. Lewis continues to carry the civil-rights flame, this graphic achievement is a firsthand beacon that burns ever relevant today.” The Washington Post

Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, continues his award-winning graphic novel trilogy with co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell, inspired by a 1950s comic book that helped prepare his own generation to join the struggle. Now, March brings the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today’s world.

After the success of the Nashville sit-in campaign, John Lewis is more committed than ever to changing the world through nonviolence — but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before. Faced with beatings, police brutality, imprisonment, arson, and even murder, the movement’s young activists place their lives on the line while internal conflicts threaten to tear them apart.

But their courage will attract the notice of powerful allies, from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy… and once Lewis is elected chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, this 23-year-old will be thrust into the national spotlight, becoming one of the “Big Six” leaders of the civil rights movement and a central figure in the landmark 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

I’m  going to honest–parts of this book were hard to read. I love the historical aspect of this series. It’s fascinating to learn about what happened and how it went down. The men and women who fought the segregation of the south were crazy brave. How did they get on the busses knowing that there was likely to be serious trouble? Knowing that they weren’t going to fight back no matter what happened?

The violence was rough. It’s one thing to see depictions of a fight. But that’s not what this was. These were men and women standing there and leaving themselves defenseless, knowing that they were going to take a punch… or get whacked with a baton or pipe. It almost made me sick to see.

I’m anxious to get my hands on Book 3. 
You might find it interesting to watch this convo with Congressman John Lewis on The Daily Show.

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2.27.17 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? #IMWAYR #outcastsunited #WiresandNerve #EverythingEverything

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week

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the titles we are currently reading.}

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This was a cool, true story about a woman who immigrated to America, and years later started and coached a soccer team for refugees near Atlanta, Georgia. There were so many bumps along the way—players who didn’t meet the coach’s high standards, people in the community who didn’t want so many refugees around, violence in the neighborhood. Even though things don’t end perfectly, this is a story of commitment, perseverance, and hope.
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You know by now that I’m a Lunar Chronicles fan—a so-called “Lunartic”. After finishing the series, I miss the characters I got to know so well. This was a treat to rejoin the crew and see how things are going both on Earth and the Moon. This first graphic novel focuses mostly on Iko, the droid with a serious attitude “problem”. She’s in charge of hunting the packs of wolf creatures still roaming Earth. She has her work cut out for her! I’m looking forward to the next installment.
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My older daughter bought this over the summer with a gift card and loved it. She says it’s her favorite book… and the movie is being advertised now… so I grabbed it and enjoyed some vacation reading. Honestly, it was tough to stop reading it.

Imagine being stuck in your house all day every day. The air is filtered. No one from the outside world can come to visit except your nurse. Why? Because you have a disease that makes you susceptible to sicknesses. It’s a matter of life and death. This is the situation that Maddy finds herself in.

And then Olly moves in next door.

When they catch a glimpse of each other through the window, it sets off a chain of events that turn and twist until the end.

This book has some mature scenes in it.

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 March, Book One
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1.9.16 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? #Smile #ShootingKabul

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week

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the titles we are currently reading.}

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Two guest posts today! First, Victoria with Smile.
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I’m so excited that Mr. Etkin has given me an opportunity to write a blog post for you all!  

I just finished an amazing book that ties so closely with all of the Malala Yousafzai and activism work we have been doing in ELA class.  I knew I had to find a way to share it with all of you!

screen-shot-2017-01-08-at-9-47-56-pmFrom the publisher’s website:

Fadi never imagined he’d start middle school in Fremont, California, thousands of miles from home in Kabul—and half a world away from his missing six-year-old sister, Mariam.

Adjusting to life in the United States isn’t easy for Fadi’s family, and as the events of September 11 unfold, the prospects of locating Mariam in war-torn Afghanistan under Taliban control seem slim. When a photography competition with a grand prize of a trip to India is announced, Fadi sees his chance to return to Afghanistan and find his sister. But can one photo really bring Mariam home?

(Watch through 2:45)

This book is full of historical references, from the Taliban in Afghanistan/Pakistan to September 11, 2001. I don’t tend to read historical fiction. Fantasy is MY genre, which is such an opposite to historical fiction – from completely UNREAL with fae and magic to a story that is somewhat based on N.H. Senzai’s husband’s life.  However, Senzai made these historical events a backdrop to the main character, Fadi’s, own adventure and the author explores how history can change a family in powerful ways.  We have studied how oppressive the Taliban  in Pakistan was to women and it isn’t that much different for Fadi and his family.  

What I loved is how Senzai kept the reader in suspense about Mariam, Fadi’s younger sister, and how this one traumatic event can affect so many people.  Can you imagine letting go of your younger sister’s hand while you are trying to get on a bus to escape soldiers… never to see her again?  The guilt Fadi must feel!  Putting myself in Fadi’s shoes (or his mother’s or sister’s or father’s) was something I couldn’t help but do while reading.  By developing empathy for Fadi and his family, their struggles with losing Mariam, becoming acculturated to the USA, and the increase of bullying of people who practice Islam in a post-9/11 world, I couldn’t help but want to see a happy ending for all of them.  

Mr. Etkin has a few copies in his library – hopefully this review has inspired you to check one out.  

Until next time ~ Mrs. Crimmins

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10.14.16 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Student post—Percy Jackson

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Introducting: Daniel F. and Percy Jackson

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10.31.16 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? HAPPY HALLOWEEN #IMWAYR

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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the titles we are currently reading.}

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screen-shot-2016-10-30-at-8-22-38-pm Had a little fun carving with the family. They neighbors gave us a couple large, oddly-shaped punkins and this one was perfect for my one-eyed dude. How did yours come out? Maybe you’ll want to include it in your BOOKselfie.img_6064

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Okay–moment of honesty here. I have been reading… but I’ve also been watching the world series… by now it might even be over… There is so much interesting history in this one.

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The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones
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10.11.16 It’s TUESDAY! What are you reading? #Moo #BoneGap

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Moo

This was a sweet little read that I enjoyed. Reena and her family move from the city to Maine and to a whole new rural life. Pigs? Yep. Cows, snakes, and horses? Mmm-hmm. A crazy lady who accuses Reena and her brother of being rude? Oh yes, that is Mrs. Falala.

Reena is sure that she will hate it in Maine. But what she doesn’t know will surprise her.

Written in prose mixed with verse, this book is sure to please.

From the HarperCollins site:

Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog and Hate That Cat will love her newest tween novel, Moo. This uplifting tale reminds us that if we’re open to new experiences, life is full of surprises. Following one family’s momentous move from the city to rural Maine, an unexpected bond develops between twelve-year-old Reena and one very ornery cow.

When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches, blueberries, and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents “volunteer” Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna—and that stubborn cow, Zora.

This heartwarming story, told in a blend of poetry and prose, reveals the bonds that emerge when we let others into our lives.

I also finished listening to

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Man! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this one. I even found the narrator, Dan Bittner, on Twitter to compliment his reading. He was able to use distinct voices for each character: Finn, the main character; Petey, a teenage girl; Roza, a native Polish speaker; and The man with icicle eyes—creepy…; and even a goat. (Bah!)

This is also a bit mature for my sixth graders, but I hope some of them read it someday.

Here is the blurb and a sample of the recording:

From the author’s site—

Bone Gap

—Winner of the 2016 Michael L. Printz Award for
Excellence in Young Adult Literature
—National Book Award Finalist

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?

Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.

As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.

Sample audio from Audible.com

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Did you catch my
this past week?
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Soon we will keep track of how much reading we are doing together as a class. This is what it will look like:
 How many books did students in each class read?

PERIOD 2&3 READ ?? BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ ?? BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

For every parent who leaves a comment on TODAY’S POST with what YOU’RE reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…

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