Episode 31 with guest Papatia Feauxzar Author of The Ducktrinors (Book I & Book II)

 

Recently I was able to review ‘The Ducktrinors Books 1 And 2 ‘YA. It was a nice change to read a YA book for Muslims, it had a lot of Islamic history and tradition but also addressed some of the issues that Young Muslims are facing in today’s Society. As a mom of pre-teens Its exciting to finally have books for their age group and older.

The Novel was written by Papatia Feauxzar an American author, barista, and publisher of West African descent living in Dallas, Texas with her son and husband. She holds a master’s degree in Accounting with a concentration in Personal Finance. After working as an accountant for a corporate firm for almost five years, Feauxzar decided to pursue Accounting from home while homeschooling her son. She is currently working toward obtaining her CPA license. Feauxzar then plans to obtain her Ph.D. in Accounting. Feauxzar also blogs at Between Sisters, SVP! or A Ducktrinor Mom. She is the Love and Relationship Editor at Hayati Magazine, and she has written for AboutIslam, MVSLIM, and SISTERS Magazine. You can visit her websites at www.djarabikitabs.com or www.fofkys.com.

Summary:

“The world is coming to an end and Hanifa Ducktrinor can feel it. The seculars rule the world. And keeping the sunnah and the deen intact becomes a challenge then. Hanifa, the cadette of the Ducktrinor family, is a courageous young Muslim living in a time where practicing her religion is really hard. She wants to be the courageous educated Coreishy woman she dreams of every day.

She also wants to find the people of the cave and fights alongside with them, Jesus (Issa-aleihi salam), and Mahdi with the vouching cloud when the cave opens and the prediction about Yajud and Majud (Gog and Magog) will occur. When the opportunity presents itself to Hanifa to fight for her dreams, she realizes that she might have gotten in way over her head at the Battle of the Stadium.

Her brother Malik wants to be a teacher. And he knows that be a scholar, you must have ilm-knowledge, amal-obedience to Islam do and don’ts, and ikhlas-doing everything only to please Allah subhana wa ta ala. Malik Ducktrinor really knows this. Since childhood, he has always striven for a steadfast faith so that he could perform a keeramat. Thus, he learned the deen and took his connection to His Creator seriously. Will Malik be able to save the day at the Battle of the Stadium?”

In this Episode we discussed

  • Why Papatia chose a young Adults Novel
  • Which is harder being an Author or Publisher?
  • Which Characters we liked the most
  • How Papatia balances, being a Wife, Mother, Author, Publisher, Accountant, and Blogger.

Here is where you can Purchase the book:

Amazon eBook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BRHLSCD

Amazon paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1947148109

Immediate press release: https://www.djarabikitabs.com/bloge/2018/3/7/press-release-the-ducktrinors-book-i-book-ii-by-papatia-feauxzar

Djarabi Kitab Publishing website: https://www.djarabikitabs.com/bookstore/the-ducktrinors-book-i-book-ii 

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Book Review : THE DUCKTRINORS

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The Book: The Ducktrinors (Book I & Book II) (Jihad Series)

Author: Papatia Feauxzar

Available at: Amazon (EbookPaperback), Djarabi Kitabs Publishing

 

I was eager to read this book-The Ducktrinors – a Muslim science fiction of Young Adult genre because that is a new hybrid genre to get hands on.

First things first. The Ducktrinors is the family of the central characters in the book- a seventeen-year-old girl, Hanifa Ducktrinor and her brother Malik Ducktrinor, an eighteen-year-old boy. The story unfolds through the Ducktrinor family- Dad, Mom, Grandfather and the children.

The Plot

The story happens in the future when the world is running on advanced technology. The world is then divided into two- the religious sect and the irreligious sect. The religion haters are ruling the world and anyone who believes otherwise is hunted down. The Ducktrinors is one of the persecuted family who relocates to Brazil at the beginning of the story. With the strong Islamic foundation in the Ducktrinors family, Hanifa Ducktrinor along with her brother Malik Ducktrinor form an army to challenge the evil forces. The plot is how they do it and what happens next.

If you love the plots of series like Harry Potter and Hunger Games, you will love reading this.

The Tone

The best thing I loved about the book is its narration.

The book is a great page turner and lures us till the end. Papatia narrates the chapters from different timelines and this leaves the reader curious until the end. The story reveals through various characters and the usage of self-talk is a win-win. The plot is very fast paced and includes so many characters and details. But telling the story through people makes it simple to follow along.

The book includes a very vast reference to the Islamic history including the Sahabas and Imams and our contemporary legends like Ibthihaj Muhammad. There are a good number of references to Quranic etiquettes, hadith and Duas and religious terminologies(for which a detailed appendix is given).

The Cast

The success of a book is when the characters begin to take shape inside the reader’s head. Though there were many characters, vivid descriptions made them stand alone throughout. The Ducktrinors family is an Islamic household and the relationships between them connect us in a deep level- especially the ties between Hanifa and her grandfather.

Apart from the human characters, there are some very creative futuristic gadgets like the Mechanical Horses and Niqabaya 1.0(metaphorically mentioned as “a safe mode of transportation”) and supernatural things like Vampires that show up in the story.

The Ducktrinors is the family of the central characters in the book- a seventeen-year-old girl, Hanifa Ducktrinor and her brother Malik Ducktrinor, an eighteen-year-old boy. The story unfolds through the Ducktrinor family- Dad, Mom, Grandfather and the children. 

The Message

The author clearly passes an Islamic perspective on various issues through the book. The book demands the youth for a purpose driven life rather than following the crowd. It asserts the importance of standing united despite our differences of any kind- religion, nation, color or creed- when fighting against evil and injustice. However, the book makes it clear that the fight or Jihad is against all kind of persecutors- including Muslim/ Jewish/Christian/atheist extremists who are not inclusive of other religions in their definition of a peaceful world.

The author weaves basic Muslim lifestyle into the story through the life of the lead characters. The references to Muslim history and heroes are add-ons that convey the message to the youth.Hanifa and Malik inspire the readers to start learning and doing something together to make the world a better place.

What I struggled with

The one thing I struggled with was regarding the usage of some present terms in the storyline. The evil forces named “Seculars” hunted the Ducktrinors and other Muslim families. It initially left a confusion in me as it felt like projecting Islam is against Secularism. As I continued reading, I found the Seculars was only a name of the anti-religious sect. Using any other straight word would not have caused this dilemma.

One of the reasons I generally don’t choose to read current Young Adult genre is the unnecessary focus on sensual aspects of characters. Though in a few places, The Ducktrinors also includes such references. The author used them to show the deteriorated moral standards of the society in future and as a teenage fantasy. Yet I felt them avoidable. And in few instances, they seemed out of context.

Another thing is that there are too many Islamic preachings in the book. I loved it while reading but felt like I couldn’t retain much of it later as the plot itself was very rich one.

DISCLAIMER: I was sent a copy of the e-book for review purposes. All the opinions expressed are only my own.

 

About the Author

The book is a definite proof of authors writing craftsmanship and deep knowledge. And it is an inspiration to writers to venture into this new field of Muslim YA fiction.

Papatia Feauxzar is an American author of West African descent living in Dallas.She is also a trader of Muslim merchandise including books at Fofky’s which is an Online Book and Coffee/Tea Shop to compliment Her publishing house (Djarabi Kitabs Publishing). She writes for many online platforms including AboutIslam, SISTERS, Hayati Magazine and Khadija Magazine.

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IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE : THE DUCKTRINORS BOOK I & BOOK II BY PAPATIA FEAUXZAR

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A MUSLIM YOUNG ADULT BOOK CENTERED AROUND THE DEEN

DALLAS, TX — March 28th, 2018. DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING officially released  The Ducktrinors Book I & Book II by American and Black Muslim Author, Papatia Feauxzar.

The author has written in many genres but she still feels like a child at heart. “I wrote ‘The Ducktrinors‘ to inspire the Muslim Youth so that they realize that they have more than enough Muslim heroes to fashion themselves after.” — Papatia Feauxzar

DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING is republishing tome I titled Hanifa with the much awaited tome II titled Malik with this edition.

“Papatia’s work is addicting in that love of the craft is immistakable through her skill. I’m seriously enraptured with the level of detail involved with everything from content to technical aspects of The Ducktrinors and as a word nerd myself I now aspire to the honor of reviewing all her works… Papatia’s world is one of style. May it be laced with Divine grace…it is as Allah wills…”— Maryam Miller, Maryam Miller Writes

“Finally! Papatia Feauxzar has tapped her distinct noveling style into a fast-paced, futuristic novel with a decidedly Muslim flavor. As one of Papatia’s editors, I think that I’ve read almost all of her stories, and Ducktrinors is definitely my favorite, so far. Although it’s written mostly for a younger audience, Papatia has crafted another fun, slightly-awkward, but smart female protagonist in Hanifa Ducktrinor, and I enjoyed watching her problem-solve to save the world (and her own behind!)… I’m also excited that this is a series, as we just don’t get enough of them! Looking forward to more and more from Papatia, insha’Allah.”— Brooke Benoit, A Clichéd Life

“This book is a mixture of sci-fi, futuristic, and it also has a strong Islamic theme. Hanifa and her team have surely grown on me and I can see them being likable amongst the teens. The good versus evil reminded me a lot of the end of times.”— Mrs. Shoohada Khanom, Children Book Author of Kamilah the Butterfly, Imagine, Who Could I Be, and Little Blue Skater Boy.

“… Unique – in a great way. It blends sci-fi, futuristic, and dystopia pretty well. Neat gadgets – mechanical horse and some other tech ideas were pretty neat. Sylas is a bad guy people can hate. Dawud is a great side character. Jihad gets a bad rap these days because of the crazy people running around with suicide bombs. It’s interesting to see the Secular sect portrayed as the bad guys.”— Julie C.Gilbert, The Collins Case (Heartfelt Cases Book 1)

“…This is a wonderful story, written beautifully and filled with great Islamic historical references. It was breathtaking to read a story so relevant today. From the outset you are deeply connected to the main character and her struggles and you’re gripped to read on and discover what will be of her and her family. Such a great, exciting read, with highs and lows and a story that really does take you on a journey of what it means to be Muslim for Hanifa.”— Sarah Javed, Author of I’m So Angry!

The Ducktrinors was an awesome read from the beginning; an absolute page turner. I loved how the sci-fi wasn’t so surreal that it was like to actually happen in the future.I was actually scared of how real it could be. There were some topics that made me blush a little to be for Muslim children then I remembered the book was for teens, although not only teens. The Ducktrinors was adventurous and, Hanifa was a smart intelligent girl with a grand love for the religion. It was a vibrant mix of Islam and scifi( which wasn’t too unrealistic)…” Khadijah AbdulHaqq, Author of Nanni’s Hijab

The Ducktrinors Book I & Book II additionally received several acclaimed feedback and critics from editors. Feauxzar shared one with us.

I love that you feature a Muslim protagonist whose faith is important to her, and this aspect of her life is a huge part of the story, yet the genre itself is a poignant (and timely) sci-fi/dystopian. So cool! …One of your best writing assets in this draft is your ability to write engaging, authentic dialogue (yay!). This is no easy feat! “— Kate Angelella, Angelella Editorial. Experienced YA/MG editor, formerly of Simon & Schuster Children’s Books.

Join DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING from March 31st to April 4th, 2018 for the blog tour.

About the author:

Papatia Feauxzar is an American author, barista, and publisher of West African descent living in Dallas, Texas with her son and husband. She holds a master’s degree in Accounting with a concentration in Personal Finance. After working as an accountant for a corporate firm for almost five years, Feauxzar decided to pursue Accounting from home while homeschooling her son. She is currently working toward obtaining her CPA license. Feauxzar then plans to obtain her PhD in Accounting.

She also blogs at Between Sisters, SVP! or A Ducktrinor Mom . She is the Love and Relationship Editor at Hayati Magazine. She has written for AboutIslam, MVSLIM, and SISTERS Magazine. You can visit her websites at www.djarabikitabs.com or www.fofkys.com.

The Ducktrinors Book I & Book II is available on Djarabi Kitabs Publishing‘s website , Amazon on eBookhardback and  paperback formats, and Fofky’s Online Book Cafe.

CONTACTS

Djarabi Kitabs Publishing

PO BOX 703733

Dallas, TX 75370

USA

Email: editor@djarabikitabs.com

Originally published at Djarabi Kitabs Publishing‘s website here.

Review of ‘Muslim Girl-Growing Up – A Guide To Puberty’

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Summary: “How can I prepare her for this new phase? I wanted to find a resource that can explain the details of this special stage while also integrating the important aspects of it from the Islamic religion. Being from the West, most books I found only explained the physiological changes. But I found that Muslim girls, especially ones from Western countries, need to know more about the religious implications of this stage. So I decided to write this guide to help young girls understand the basic things a Muslim girl should know about puberty, including the religious aspects that come along with it. However, this guide is just a starter to the journey ahead.  I encourage parents to talk with your teens and pre-teens about this important stage of life to have a full and thorough understanding.” – Natalia Nabil

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About the Author: Natalia Nabil is a mother of two girls. She was born and raised in Egypt where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communications from Ain Shams University. Shortly after she began working in public relations and marketing. After marriage, she moved to the United States and is bringing up her daughters in, what she calls, unfamiliar territory. That is why she wanted to write this book, not only as a resource for her growing girls but for the many Muslim girls growing up who could use a guidebook on all things puberty-related.

About the Illustrator: Melani Putri is an illustrator based in Jakarta, Indonesia. After finishing her visual art education at Bandung Institute of Technology, she has been focusing on children’s book illustration and has won the National Folktale Illustration award in 2016. Her illustration works include children’s books, greeting cards, posters and stationery. Please visit her website at www.memels.com.

Thoughts: Muslim Girl, Growing Up is a good start point to use in helping a Muslim girl transition into adolescence. It covers topics of puberty, stages of puberty, menstruation, what a girl needs to know before, during and after puberty, hygiene, and privacy. Like I said, it’s very solid and succinct. Masha’Allah.

Now, just be aware that based on your madhab (Islamic doctrine or school of thought), you might not completely agree with everything from the scholars’ point of views (e.g. the steps of ghusl part) or even the author at times (e.g. braids and ghusl). Nonetheless, the book has a solid base on how to instruct Muslim girls from start to end about menstruation. Check out the sneak peek page below.

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I received a free copy for my honest opinion. You can buy Muslim Girl, Growing Up: A Guide to Puberty on Amazon or at the publisher’s website here.

Thank you for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

 

The Ducktrinors: Reading the Past from the Future (A Review By Tohib Adejumo)

Front cover the DucksReviews are works of literature that critics use to tell people about books. They give the summary of the book, praise some aspects of it – if they like it, or criticize both the writing and the writer to the tee should they find it unlikeable, and then give their overall take on the work. Well, in the next two to four paragraphs, I will be doing a literary exercise akin to a review on Papatia Feauxzar’s The Ducktrinors, but without all the formalities.

Let’s start.

See, I like the book. The characters are so real even though the book is a sci-fi. Yes, you heard it right. A Muslim fiction not talking about marriage and divorce, but telling of a future, which may not be as far from us as we might like to think. The book tells of a future, a time of anarchy, of oppression, of immorality, of a point where people of faith are pushed to the fringes – no scratch that –a time when they are pushed away from identifying with their faiths. But, in this time, there are few people willing and itching to restore sanity back to the world, and that’s where Hanifa, Our Heroine, comes in.

Oh yes, I love that Hanifa girl. Feauxzar sure knows how to make out a perfect character through making her full of zeal, brain, wisdom, and imperfections. The girl is on a mission, but the mission doesn’t turn her into an angel. Although Hanifa is living in the days of utter moral decadence and she’s devoting all of herself to battle the incubators of these wayward lifestyle, the Seculars, she’s still a young woman with fantasies, crushes, and… well, go read yourself!

Okay, these are the three things I like most about the book:

·         The characters: They’re not extra-ordinary Muslims without pitfalls. Rather, they’re Muslims struggling like every other Muslim. And on top of that, they’re on a mission. Once again, Hanifa, you will fall in love with her. And you’re sure to like Dawud, the young spy and master of technology, too.

·         The Subtle Mirror: The book is set in the future with a mirror of nostalgia. This shows the brilliance of Feauxzar. She makes the book inform us in subtle ways how problems such us sectarianism and group mentalities can be handled through a sneak into the future.

·         The Déjà vu:  Yes, you can read the battle of Badr from the story. When you see the characters in action, you’re quickly thrown back in time, and you experience a double connection – reading the past from the future.

The Ducktrinorsis the first of its kind in the realm of Muslim fiction, and it is a powerful, poignant, and compelling one. Feauxzar has given us a wonderful, insightful, and interesting work of fiction to enjoy and give to our young ones. They – young ones – will be able to get a kick out of the sci-fi of the fiction and lessons out of the signs of the Last Day embedded in it. And oh, lest I forget: you can remove a romance writer from romance fiction, but you cannot remove romance fiction from her, so while the fate of the thenummah may be resting on the shoulders of  Hanifa Ducktrinor, there may still be time for, well, a tiny bit of romance…

 

~Tohib Adejumo is a Nigerian blogger and the author of Love in Ramadan. He spent most of his childhood and adolescent years inIbadan, Nigeria where he attended Ad-Din International School. He graduated from Government College, Ibadan in 2009 and he holds a degree in Liberal Arts from Borough of Manhattan Community College. He is currently a baccalaureate scholar at Hunter College of the City University of New York where he focuses on Socio-Cultural Psychology and African History and Politics. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.~

The Ducktrinors : Malik, Book 2. Cover Sneak Peek!

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To be a scholar, you must have ilm-knowledge, amal-obedience to Islam do and don’ts, and ikhlas-doing everything only to please Allah subhana wa ta ala. Malik Ducktrinor knows this. Since childhood, he has always striven for a steadfast faith so that he could perform a keeramat. Thus, he learned the deen and took his connection to His Creator seriously. Will he be able to save the day at the Battle Of The Stadium in Book 1? Read to find out!

Coming December 2016 Insha’Allah.

In the meantime, you can read The Ducktrinors: Hanifa, Book 1 here .

Ayesha Dean: The Istanbul Intrigue

Ayesha Dean: The Istanbul Intrigue is the debut novel of Melali Lum. Melati Lum is a multiracial Australian Muslim Lawyer. Her protagonist, Ayesha Dean, loves good food, solving mysteries, traveling, books, and good friends.

The Istanbul Intrigue is a very fast young adult read I really liked. It was the kind of mysteries you would normally read in a Nancy Drew’s series. I has a lot of cliffhangers and it’s engaging as well. I hardly put it down and I read it in less than 8 hours! It was nice to see such a brave character who loves connecting dots. It also reminded me a little bit of the movie The Librarian with some of the vocabulary.

So what’s this YA book about?

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Ayesha and her friends Sara and Jess jump at the chance of accompanying Ayesha’s uncle on a trip from Australia to Istanbul. But when Ayesha discovers a mysterious note as a result of visiting an old bookshop, their relaxing holiday starts to get a whole lot more complicated! Ayesha finds herself trying to uncover a hundred-year-old Ibn Arabi mystery, while trying to avoid creepy villains, and still making sure that she gets to eat the best doner kebab Istanbul has to offer.It’s all in a day’s sleuthing when you’re Ayesha Dean.  Lucky she can count on her best friends to always have her back!

The book is not preachy at all. It has sprinkles of Arabic words that are very common knowledge these days like hijab. Anyone who is still a child at heart can enjoy it because the plot is not religion based but about clues and crime solving. I recommend it to anyone who wants to travel to Turkey without having to buy a ticket to go there. It certainly took me back to my trip there a few years ago. Read it here if interested.

You can find out about Melati Lum on her website.

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A Call To All Young Adult Readers*

Assalamu aleikum-Peace be unto you,

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I’m calling upon young adult readers between 10 and 20 years old to read and review “The Ducktrinors: Book 1” on Amazon!

The details:

  • If interested, you’ll receive an eBook (Only apply if an eBook is okay with you.)
  • To apply, please send me your email address at papatia@hayatimagazine.com
  • Any eBook not claimed after a week will be closed and re-assigned to a new reader
  • Finally, please complete the reading and review within 30 days of receipt of the eBook

Now my question is: Are you ready to meet exciting characters?!

I hope your answer is yes! So get clicking young folks! 🙂

Papatia Feauxzar

Book Review – The Ducktrinors by Papatia Feauxzar

A fellow blogger’s thoughts! 🙂 xx

My Journey with Hijab

So I am here with my first book review on WordPress.The Ducktrinors book

Recently finished reading the book ‘The Ductrinors ’ from Papatia Feauxzar,  if you remember I did a post about her book launch few weeks back.

Papatia is a published author of many novels, You can also find her on wordpress (https://papatia.wordpress.com/) .

Recently she started with her novel series,The Ductrinors ,  Book 1  Hanifa  is the first in this series.

The novel revolved around a  young female protagonist Hanifa, a day dreamer who wants to save the world from evil people. She is strong and determined woman who proves herself a great leader as the novel advances. The opening of the novel was interesting and holds the reader’s curiosity about characters and their history as each of them get introduced slowly in the book. The story is set in future era with use of technology at…

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The Ducktrinors – Book Review and Giveaway by Muslim Mummy

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Author: Papatia Feauxzar
Publisher: Djarabi Kitabs Publishing

Hanifa, the cadet of the Ducktrinor family, is a courageous young Muslim living in a time where practicing her religion is hard. She wants to be the Courageous and Coreishy woman she dreams of every day. Will she succeed in her quest to find a lost cave while teaching her religion to others willing to listen?

 

The Ducktrinors is a book which made me think about whether I like it or not as it is so different from my usual reads and touches delicately upon some subjects which can be considered ‘taboo’ in some Muslim communities.

The book is based on the future where practicing the Muslim faith is a struggle and the world is ruled by the seculars. They seem to have no real morals and to practice your faith is dangerous, practicing your religion in open means you are persecuted and potentially killed.

Along with some editing errors and grammer issues, I must admit I was initially confused as to what was going on at times. Some of the scenes could have had a bit more depth or explanation but that could just be me as an adult reader – the book is aimed at the younger teenagers. But it did all start making sense as the book went on.

One thing that could potentially concern parents is the sexual references within the book and I feel as a Muslim Mummy blog it is important to touch upon this in my review to give an overall view of the novel. The seculars pretty much walk around naked expect for small bits of cloth covering their modesty. Party’s mentioned within the novel hint  at sexual liasons. When one of the ‘baddies’ is captured he comments; ‘You smell very good, and your breast pressed on my back is exciting me.’

However, it is clear throughout the novel that Hanifa and other Muslim characters hold the seculars way of life in contempt. And if you are being realistic our children can be exposed to worse sexual references and images in day to day life. At least throughout this novel you have Islamic references, and it shows Hanifa not just as a Muslim but also as a human who can have feelings for others; which isn’t wrong but needs to be kept in check to prevent sinning and haraam. Which she does.

The Ducktrinors is a bit of a mix; sci-fi, romance, crime. I have read many sci fi books over the years and always found them very imaginative. Papatia has brought in many believable but imaginative futuristic elements to the novel.

Hanifa is a likeable heroine ( I see a bit of myself in her!)  and you find yourself willing her to win the battle against the seculars. I love the fact that  the leader in the battle against the seculars is Hanifa; a female rather than a male.

I look forward to finding out what else happens in the rest of the series

Giveaway

I have one signed copy of The Ducktrinors to give away to one of my readers.

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