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Young Arthur spends his days toiling as a squire--feeding the horses and hauling his big brother's armor. Around him, England is in turmoil, left without a king. But all that changes in one day, with one pull on the mysterious sword in the stone. Guided by Merlin the Magician, Arthur takes his place as the rightful heir to England's throne. He receives the sword Excalibur and wins the loyalty of the Knights of the Round Table. But can the young king win peace and freedom for England?
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From an East African village, into the Land of the Dead: Marwe lives in a village where food is scarce. She tries to be obedient, but it's hard to spend every day working in the fields. When her carelessness ruins the village's crops, she's too scared to face her angry family and runs away--to the strange Land of the Dead. Marwe knows she doesn't belong there. But can she find the right sort of courage to return to the land of the living?
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After finally winning the decade-long war against the Trojans, Odysseus, captain of the Greek Army, only has to guide his men back home. Yet the journey will prove just as perilous as the battles they have just won.
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Perseus, son of Zeus, is tricked into performing an impossible task: slay the snake-haired Gorgon monster Medusa, whose very look turns men to stone. Will his strength and courage--and the favor of the gods--allow him to succeed?
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From a life filled with heartache and hardship, comes an unmatched beauty destined for a fairy-tale ending: Pear Blossom, a young Korean girl, leads a happy life with her parents--until her mother dies and her father remarries. Her new wicked stepmother and stepsister make Pear Blossom the victim of their cruelty. They give her the nickname Pigling, or little pig, and do everything they can to torture her. But soon, magical creatures come to Pear Blossom's aid--and one day, the girl meets a handsome magistrate. Will Pear Blossom's luck change for the better? Or is she destined to suffer at her stepfamily's hands forever?
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In ancient Greece, a princess rises to a challenge: Psyche lives in the comfort of her parents' wealthy kingdom. But when her beauty draws the jealous anger of the powerful goddess Aphrodite, Psyche finds herself in great danger. She is taken away to an isolated mountain to marry a monster. Will Psyche find love after all with her mysterious new husband? Or will she fall prey to Aphrodite's revenge?
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Fooled into committing a crime by the king's foresters, young Robin Hood finds himself branded an outlaw. As he takes refuge in Sherwood Forest, he meets other hideaways who also unjustly find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Under Robin's leadership, these outlaws form a band of "merry men" who exact justice against the unfair laws of the land by stealing from the rich and giving their loot to the poor. Robin's exploits soon enrage the sheriff of Nottingham, who vows to capture his foe at any cost. Will Robin Hood fall into the sheriff's trap?
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Sinbad, a rich young man who wastes his fortune, must set sail from his home in Baghdad to earn a living as a merchant at sea. In his travels, he encounters violent storms, fearsome whales, giant birds, and an ogre who threatens to destroy him. Yet even after Sinbad regains his wealth, he returns to the sea seeking more adventure. Will Sinbad overcome the dangers he faces? Or will his thirst for adventure lead to his destruction?
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A young hero who overcame the unthinkable rises to unite his people. Weak and silent, young Sunjata is unable to walk, unable even to pull a bow. But a prophesy foretold that his mother would bear a son who will become the mansa of all the Mande people--the greatest king ever to rule. Sunjata sets out to find the strength and courage to fulfill his birthright and to overcome the plotting of a rival queen and the sorcery of the terrible tyrant Sumanguru. Are the armies and magic that stand against him undefeatable? Can Sunjata become the leader his people need?
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Can two young boys outsmart and outwit the lords of death? The Hero Twins, Hunahpu and Xbalanque, were blessed by the Mayan gods with special powers. But their incredible skill at playing Pok-ta-Pok, the Mayan ball game, angers the lords of Xibalba, rulers of the land of the dead. When the lords challenge them to a Pok-ta-Pok game in Xibalba, the twins know they must use all of their powers and cunning to defeat the lords' many challenges. Will they survive the land of the dead?
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From the ancient legends of the Aztecs, comes the story of a love as enduring as a mountain: The Aztec Emperor has many children, but Princess Izta is dearest to his heart. The Emperor has enemies as well, but he also has brave warriors, and Popo is one of the best. Popo cares only about battle . . . until he meets Izta. To prove his worth he accepts a difficult task, but he promises Izta he will come back to her and watch over her--always. With jealous rivals plotting against him, will Popo find a way to keep his vow?
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For ten years, the war raged between the ancient Greeks and their Trojan enemies. When the Greek forces suddenly fall back, the Trojans discover a giant wooden horse and a messenger. Should they accept this peace offering?
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Raised by his mother and tutor, young Theseus finally learns the truth of his birth: he is the son of King Aegeus, ruler of Athens. Armed with his father's shield, he sets out to claim his birthright and face his greatest challenge--the Minotaur, a savage beast who is half-man, half-bull. To defeat the Minotaur, Theseus must enter the Labyrinth, a bewildering maze from which no one has ever escaped alive. Will Theseus succeed in his quest? Or will he suffer the fate of the Minotaur's many other victims?
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Thor, powerful god of thunder, and his brother Loki, the trickster, were eager to resolve an argument: Does strength always win, or do brains always beat brawn? They face off to prove once and for all which god is right.
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From an ancient legend comes a love story for all time. Strong and brave, Tristan is the nephew of King Mark of Cornwall and one of his finest English knights. Mark sends Tristan to Ireland to bring home the king's bride, the princess Isolde. While in Ireland, Tristan slays a dragon and wins Isolde's hand for his uncle. But through a twist of fate, Tristan and Isolde fall in love on the voyage back to Cornwall. Will Tristan and Isolde each do their duty as a loyal knight and a promised bride? Or will they follow their hearts and risk many dangers to be together?
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He wanted nothing more than to live in peace, until a petty tyrant forced him into a cruel choice: Swiss hunter William Tell is famous for his great skill with a crossbow. A mild-mannered husband and father, he just wants a quiet life for his family. Yet his homeland's brutal foreign rulers are making such an existence impossible. Then, one day, a ruthless official forces Tell into a terrible choice: Shoot an apple off his son's head--or be killed along with his son. Will he accept this awful challenge?
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This graphic novel tells the legend of Yu the Great, a Chinese hero from the twenty-first century B.C. Some scholars believe Yu actually existed and that he founded the Xia Dynasty, the first Chinese empire described in historical records. Some later Chinese texts describe Yu as a kind and strong emperor whose engineering projects saved China from frequent floods. But in Chinese legend, as in this book, Yu is descended from the gods and born from a golden dragon. He saves China from floods by using magical soil to plug underwater springs, with the help of a tortoise, an owl, and a dragon
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Albert Einstein's restless intelligence drove him to ponder the biggest topics in the universe: light, time, mass, energy, and more. His conclusions changed the way people thought about the laws of physics.
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Charles Darwin's scientific work transformed the way people think about life on Earth. He took every opportunity to study the natural world. And he helped shape a new understanding of how life forms change over time.
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Isaac Newton's youth was marked by constant curiosity. Throughout his life of research and experiments, he turned this curiosity into major insights about the workings of Earth and the universe, developing three laws to explain the motions of objects.
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At the start of the twentieth century, Marie Curie, a Polish physicist and chemist, stunned the scientific world. Her research led to the discovery of two elements--polonium and radium--which held the most unusual property: radioactivity.
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There's a sandwich thief in Mr. Venezi's pet shop, and everyone is a suspect, from the chinchillas to the goldfish. Never fear! The world's fluffiest detective on the case: Sasspants, PI(G).
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Sasspants, the world's fluffiest detective, is back on the case?or she will be, if her sidekick Hamisher can convince her there's really a mystery afoot. Spooky clues are pointing to...a ghost!
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Mr. Venezi has put up a "help wanted" sign in the pet shop. But more help might mean he sells more pets, and the animals will have to leave their home.
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The animals in Mr. Venezi's pet shop are used to how forgetful he is. Then he hires the perfect assistant, Viola. She does her job so well that Mr. V hardly needs to be there. In fact, one day, Mr. V doesn't come back at all! But then Viola starts ignoring the animals. Has Mr. V given the pet shop to a villain? Or is some other mystery afoot? Sasspants, PI(G)--fluffy-but-determined guinea pig detective--and junior detective Hamisher the hamster--will soon fish out the answers!
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