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May News!

Sadness and Gladness

Manchester

I was planning on writing something completely different this month, but the news of the tragedy in Manchester has eclipsed all other thoughts. It’s difficult to find the words to say. Even though we may not know anyone personally affected, the sadness on our screens has touched us all. The sight and sound of young people screaming and running, the mum desperate for news of her daughter, images of children injured, hits hard. So much grief, so much trauma, some who will be affected forever, scarred for life. And what about the perpetrators? What could have possessed them to turn to such evil? We know so well the verse, β€œThe thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they might have life, and life in all its fullness.” The suicide bomber was just 23. Let’s pray for everyone caught up in this appalling evil, that the Lord will have mercy, and turn many to himself, that He might bring light and life out of this dreadful tragedy.

If you live in or near Manchester and know anyone who could take our books to young people in hospital, or to those who have lost loved ones, please contact me.

Another thought: the suicide bomber was brought up in this country. Please pray we will be able to get our books into school libraries. Even in places where there is no Christian teaching, perhaps some might come to find life through our books.

Something More Cheerful

Mary Weeks Millard giving Christian books to Star School, Rwanda

Mary Weeks Millard giving Christian books to Star School, Rwanda

Praise the Lord for something more cheerful to report. Earlier in the year, author Mary Weeks Millard visited Rwanda. She says:

 

β€œA highlight of the trip was to visit Star School, at Masaka, near Kigali. I prayed over the piece of ground and have had the joy of seeing a large school grow on the site, over about 10 years. The school has a Christian foundation and seeks to educate children whose parents might not otherwise be able to afford good schooling for them. It has nursery, primary and secondary departments. Many children are sponsored through Mission Possible UK, and it was a delight for me to see the boy whom I have sponsored through the years. He is now in the top primary class. However, the main point of the visit was to give books to the library, and I took 25 books from Dernier Publishing. These were well received – there are very few fiction books for leisure reading in the library – and the boarders were very pleased with the new additions.”

Such good news! These stories with their biblical themes have so much potential to touch lives. Another box of books recently reached a school for deaf children (most of whom are orphans) in Kenya. Please pray with us for all who read our books, wherever they are in the world.

Three More Bits of Good News!

1. Dernier books translated into CroatianFirst bit of good news: Mystery in the Snow is going to be printed in Croatian, to join the first three Beech Bank Girls books and The Treasure Hunt.

Yippee! So thrilled that non-English speaking youngsters will be able to read this fun story about four Christian kids who solve the mystery of the shed burglaries. πŸ™‚

2. Second bit of good news: I met Joanna from Angel Tree for a business meeting (honest!) earlier this week. Angel Tree is the arm of the Prison Fellowship which gives gifts to prisoners’ children at Christmas, along with a Christian book if the prisoner wishes (which most do). Joanna from the Prison FellowshipPlease pray Joanna chooses the right books for the children, many of whom are vulnerable, and may not hear the good news any other way. We are delighted and privileged to be able to share in this ministry.

3. Revenge of the Flying Carpet came out as a kindle book a while ago: we are planning on bringing this out as a paperback in the autumn. The new cover hasn’t yet been finalised, but here is a sneak preview of the cover image:

This book deals with the subjects of revenge, justice, mercy and forgiveness through the eyes of a young lad with the worst sister in the world. Vital issues, from a Christian perspective, all rolled up in an engaging story. More news in due course!


Best News!

Rebecca and Jade: Choices, YA novel

They’ve arrived! Real copies at last!

I have saved the best news for last. πŸ™‚ We now have copies of Rebecca and Jade: Choices, ready for release next Tuesday (30th May)! This is a powerful and moving novel written from a Christian perspective for teenage girls. Two sixteen-year-olds become friends, despite their differences. When one of the girls finds herself pregnant (I’m not telling you which one!), they both have choices to make, which have far-reaching consequences.

One mum who reviewed it for us said: β€œIt sensitively covered issues facing teens today including pregnancy, relationships, friendship and support . . . Gave me a good opportunity to open up the subject of abortion with my daughter and we had a really good chat. She’s got someone in her year who‘s pregnant (at fifteen).”

Eleanor Watkins with her latest book, Rebecca and Jade: Choices

Author Eleanor Watkins with her latest book, Rebecca and Jade: Choices

(She said some other lovely things, too, but they include spoilers, so I’ll have to keep those things to myself for the time being!)

This isn’t a book telling readers what they should do. It’s an invitation to readers to think about the choices they make. Oh, and one of the girls becomes a Christian, but, again, I’m not telling you which one! I hope you will buy this book for all the girls you know (contact me for quantity discounts), because the choices they make will determine their future, as they do for Rebecca and Jade.

The launch will take place in Bethesda Evangelical Church in Hay-on-Wye, on Tuesday 30th May from 11am – 1pm. You are all totally and very warmly invited! Author Eleanor will be signing books, I will be there too . . . and it’s during the Hay Festival, so lots to see and do if you love books!

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If you can’t come, would you like to buy a copy anyway? Click here to take a look.

That’s all for this month, but before we go, would you join me in a brief prayer, that our books will touch young lives?

Dear Lord God, Heavenly Father, please help us to get our books to where they are needed. Please use them to touch children with your love, to bring light and life in the darkness, hope and joy where there is despair, comfort for those who grieve, to bring truth to those who seek it, and eternal life with you. Amen.

Janet Wilson

Janet Wilson, Founder of Dernier Publishing

Thank you so much for being here with us,

Janet

P.S. The new books look way better in real life than they do in these images! πŸ™‚

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The last Dernier Newsletter of 2016!

Hello again, and welcome to the final Dernier newsletter of 2016! Thank you all once again for supporting Dernier through another year. 2016 was a challenging year for me, as my mum’s dementia worsened and she passed away in the summer. Thank you for your prayers and all the kind messages; it meant a lot. At the same time, there has still been much to celebrate, because in 2016:

  • The City Kid was finally released in print, so we have 15 books! This is an amazing miracle.Dernier Publishing books
  • Our books went to more countries around the world than ever before, including Chad and Bhutan.
  • Beech Bank Girls 2 became available in Croatian.Beech Bank Girls 2 in Croatian
  • The Torch Trust made more of our books available in large print and Braille, for children with sight loss
  • Copies of the Christmas Beech Bank Girls will go to prisoners’ children this Christmas through Angel Tree, part of the Prison Fellowship.
  • We sent some of our books to under-resourced schools in Kenya and Zambia.

Children from Zambian school with Dernier Publishing books

  • We now have a Dernier Publishing Authors page on facebook. (Any Qs or comments for our authors, you can find them here!)
  • More writers have been through the Write for a Reason course and joined our monthly programme.
  • As books have gone out we have heard of readers riveted and hearts touched.

boy reading

  • This testimony was posted on the Dernier facebook page:

β€œAfter reading The Birthday Shoes, (my then) 10yr old daughter said she wanted to know Jesus just like the girl in the story. Two years ago at age 12, she was baptised and confirmed.”

So many wonderful encouragements! Your support has made all these things possible as you have prayed, bought books, lent books, sold books (thank you Christian bookshops), written books, advised, helped and encouraged and in so many ways. You know who you are! Sincere thanks to each and every one of you. Who knows what other seeds have been sown, yet to bear fruit? Exciting times . . .

And 2016 is not over yet! There’s still plenty of time to make this the best Christmas ever!

Please order books for Christmas for all the children you know – friends’ children and grandchildren, Christian Union members, children from kids clubs and uniformed organisations. If you need quantity discounts, to pay in the new year, or if there’s anything I can do to help, please let me know. I always try to help if I can. And don’t forget your local Christian bookshops are always glad to help, too. πŸ™‚

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Saving a Sheep!

Last week when Andrew (husband) and I were out for a country walk we heard a sudden loud β€œbaa” just the other side of the hedgerow. Strange, we thought – the sheep were all far away on the other side of the field, so we climbed the bank and saw a sheep with her head caught in a wire fence. We went back to the nearest farm; it wasn’t their field, but the nice farmer set her free. He said we had done the right thingβ€”she probably would have died if we hadn’t done something. It was lovely to see her run off to join the other sheep!

Sheep in a field

A small thing can make a huge difference – an act of kindness, an encouraging word, an ear to listen . . . these things can save lives. Don’t walk by today.

Many children in the UK have phones, laptops and tablets, games and toys, but little in the way of spiritual input. Most of our books are just Β£5.99, but you can not over-estimate the value of Christian books. They challenge us, make us think, the stories stay with us . . . yet many of our children do not have the opportunity to hear the good news, and even church children are falling away. If you are reading this, be aware that not everyone sees the need – you may have to do something for the children in your church/neighbourhood, because other people might not. I’ve put up 25 reasons to buy fiction for children and teenagers here – just in case you would like to pass them on!

2017

We have more books in the pipeline. Please pray as we move forward with these.

Also, God willing, next year I’d like to find a way to send books to African schools. So many are desperate for books, but don’t have the resources to buy them. Several schools have already received our books, and they are so, so grateful. Many are Christian-run, so our books are of immense value to them, with educational value and the extra added bonus of a spiritual dimension.

I don’t yet have a plan, but will be working on it. Any ideas, please contact me!

Please would you pass on our Christmas Online Catalogue?

Dernier Publishing online catalogue

Click the picture to see the catalogue, or visit:

https://www.flipgorilla.com/p/24777847507780673/show

Would you be kind enough to put this link on your facebook page, twitter feed or any of your other social media? And email to anyone you know who might be interested? Particularly Christians who are influential in the world of young people? Thank you very much.

Finally, let’s pray for all the children who will receive our books this Christmas. I was going to say particularly the prisoners’ children, but every child is equally precious. May the Lord touch the hearts of all who read, to find God’s love and grace in Emmanuel, God with us.

Janet Wilson

Janet Wilson, Founder of Dernier Publishing

And may the Lord bless you too, this Christmas!

Janet

 

P.S. If you are giving our books away and would like us to pray, please let us know. πŸ™‚

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Seeking the Lost

Seeking the Lost

Apologies to subscribers to Write for a Reason who have already heard this story! We have a new young rescue cat called Terence. The rescue centre advised us not to let him outside for at least two weeks, until he had bonded with us, or he wouldn’t come back as he wouldn’t consider it home. Isn’t he cute! He was found abandoned in an empty building; a neighbour was feeding him through the letter box.

Terence the catWhen two weeks had passed he seemed settled, but the second time he went out he was away so long I thought we had lost him. I went round the garden and up and down the road, shaking the biscuit box calling β€˜Terence’ (sorry, neighbours!) and eventually we got him home. Phew! In the parable of the lost sheep, the shepherd leaves the 99 grazing safely on the hillside and goes to look for the lost sheep. How happy the shepherd was to have found his lost sheep! I felt a bit like that when I finally got Terence back.

The Lord doesn’t want any of his little ones to be lost. (Matthew 18:10-14) That’s the reason Dernier exists: to help at least some of them find the way home.

Lacking Funds?

Christmas is a great opportunity to reach out with Christian books, which might not be so easily accepted any other time of year . . . but when you already have so many other expenses, the opportunity can be lost. If you have been thinking that you’d love to give your Brownie pack a copy each of The Birthday Shoes, offer your youth club members a copy each of The City Kid, or send a pack of books to a children’s home in Africa, but can’t afford to buy that many books yourself, could you:

  • Ask your prayer group/homegroup to pitch in; maybe if you split the cost it would be achievable?
  • Raise money at an event: what about a mulled wine evening with an auction of promises?
  • I know a Sunday School teacher who asked church members to sponsor a book each and pray for the child who would receive the gift – she had an amazing response.

Christian books for 8-11sIf you can’t get the funds together but have a need, please contact me – there may be a way we can help. Our mission is to get our books into as many young people’s hands as possible. If you can afford to pay for the books full price, that’s greatβ€”it will help us to produce more, but if not, we’d hate a missed opportunity. πŸ™‚

Do you have a local Christian bookshop?

Most Christian bookshops stock our books, but they sell a huge range of other boChristian bookshopoks and gifts, advent calendars, cards, daily Bible reading notes, CDS, DVDs . . . all to encourage and inspire! This bookshop is the CLC bookshop in Coventry. Doesn’t it just make you want to go shopping? πŸ™‚

Do support Christian bookshops, they do a great job. Thanks to Eddie Olliffe for the photo.

Interview

Clive Lewis, author of The City Kid, was interviewed for the latest trade magazine, Together. This is a great opportunity to showcase the book to retailers; we are grateful to all in the trade who support us.

Together magazine

The main aim of this particular book is evangelism. Would your church teens like to give a copy each to a friend for Christmas? Great to get them involved in reaching out to their peers. One reviewer wrote:

β€œI was thoroughly drawn in by the story . . . John’s redemption in particular was sensitively handled and felt entirely believable, rather than skidding sideways into the story and breaking the spell.”

According to recent reports, an estimated 1 in 12 to 1 in 15 young people self harm. By the age of 13, at least 50% of girls are significantly unhappy with their appearance, suicide rates are rising alarmingly among young men, and knife/gun crime are at their highest levels ever (another lad was stabbed to death recently near us – yet another appalling tragedy) . . . but 75% of Christians first came to know the Lord when they were young. We must do what we can while we can; there is a fight for the lives of our young people. We can’t guarantee any of our books will change anyone’s life, but we just don’t know what the Lord might do, and we can’t sit about doing nothing. Read more about The City Kid here.

Second BBG in Croatian

This arrived in the post a week or two ago when Eleanor and I were struggling with a virus; it really cheered us up!Beech Bank Girls 2 in Croatian It’s the second in the Beech Bank Girls series to be translated and printed in Croatian. πŸ™‚ So exciting to know that girls for whom English is not their first language will be able to enjoy these books. Please pray that many girls will read and be inspired. Please also pray for Michelle, who is undertaking the Greek translation project. She needs a Greek proof-reader – if you have any contacts, please let us know!

Please Help!

Facebook is a good way to get known, but I need your help! Would you be kind enough to go over to our fb page, ‘like’, comment on and share the ‘books for Christmas’ posts I am putting up every day? Every interaction means the post is seen by more people . . . thank you so much. They look like this:

Christian books for girls for Christmas

Need a Speaker?

I gave a talk at a local church’s ‘Tuesday Fellowship’ a couple of weeks ago. It was lovely to talk to the older generation about our books and share the Dernier vision. I spend a lot of time at the computer, so it’s a treat for me to see real faces :-). If you would like me to talk to your group, please ask!

Church Library

From an email: β€œI came to your stall at the CRE exhibition in Maidstone last month, and think of you as quite a discovery. My 13 year-old granddaughter read through all four books about the Beech Bank Girls in the half term week that she stayed with me; she was riveted.”

Rosemary bought several of our books for her church library – she says, β€œI didn’t want preachy books, or Moral Stories, but I did want books that would introduce, or deepen, our young people’s understanding of God, and of His place in their lives, whilst at the same time telling a good strong story.”

Thank you for getting in touch, Rosemary, and thanks to all who pray – more books have found a good home! Thrilling to think that over the years many children might read these books. Do you have a church library?

Books for Prisoners’ Children

A further 100 copies of Beech Bank Girls, Christmas is Coming, are making their way to prisoners’ children via the Angel Tree arm of the Prison Fellowship. We sent 150 lastBeech Bank Girls, Christmas is Coming! Christian book for girls month, but they have already gone and have requested more! Thank you to all who prayed – don’t stop! If you would like to buy a copy of this fab book for a vulnerable girl you know, please visit your local Christian bookshop or here on our website. We would be delighted to help you!

I think that’s all the news for now. By the grace of God, and thanks to your support, more books are going out than ever, but there is still much to be done. Please keep praying for us and for all the children who read our books – and don’t forget to buy some!

Thank you. πŸ™‚

Janet

Janet Wilson

 

P.S. I nearly forgot to say, A Pennyworth of Peppermints is now back in stock. πŸ™‚

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All You Need Is New Sofas!

Newsletter October 2016

All You Need is New Sofas!
I know we haven’t reached Christmas yet, but the ads on telly have already begun . . . and just in case you haven’t heard, I’d better tell you that all you need for the perfect Christmas is, apparently, new sofas! All at irresistible prices, of course . . .

Mmmm. Thank goodness there was once a perfect Christmas, when our dear Lord and Saviour was born for us, to bring us life, hope, light in our darkness, perfect love, freedom from sin and death. And it wasn’t in a room with new sofas.

Beech Bank Girls, Christmas is ComingI know it’s early, but I’m not only pondering Christmas because of the adverts . . . 150 copies of Eleanor Watkins’ Beech Bank Girls, Christmas is Coming are now on their way to Angel Tree (part of the Prison Fellowship) who will pass on the books as Christmas presents from prisoners to their children. You can read more about the brilliant work of Angel Tree here. We are so thrilled to be able to help. Joanna, who coordinates the project, has asked us to pray for the girls who will be reading the books and I’ve assured her that we will. Many prisoners’ children will have no church background, so the stories of Holly, Amber, Chloe, Annie, Rachel and Willow have the potential to touch many young lives and assure readers that they are beautiful, valued and precious in God’s sight. We may never know on this earth, but who knows what may be revealed in heaven (without a sofa in sight!)?

Gifts
Beech Bank Girls booksJust in case you are starting to think about Christmas gifts yourself, you can buy a pack of four Beech Bank Girls books for Β£21.56; a pack of two mystery adventure books for Β£9.88; a pack of three ‘Rwanda’ books for Β£16.77, and a fabulous pack of fourteen books for a family with children of various ages from 8-16 for Β£75.47 (perfect for book loving families who can’t afford to buy books for themselves). They are weird prices because they are 10% off the cost of buying the books separately! mystery adventure storiesAll our books are, of course, also for sale in Christian bookshops (who may have other offers – always worth a look).

All Dernier novelsIf you would like 20 or more books for your Sunday School or Kids Club, contact me for quantity discounts. If you have any special requirements, or children who you would like us to pray for, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Good News From Africa!
You may have seen on our facebook page that a local minister took some books for us to a desperately poor school in Zambia, where most of the children are orphans or vulnerable. Apparently they were overjoyed to receive them! We are so grateful to Martyn for taking them in his suitcase. May the Lord bless every one of these precious children, and may the good news of Jesus bring hope and new life to their lives.

Children from Zambian school with Dernier Publishing books

A handful of our books are also going to be taken to disadvantaged children in schools in Kenya via Dr. Loise Gichuhi of Education Bridge Africa. I’m waiting to hear which of the books she thinks would be the most useful, and would love to be able to send more. I sent the books via Royal Mail and was encouraged to hear they arrived safely.

Dernier is all about getting books with the message of the good news into the hands of young people. If there’s anything we can do to help you reach the young people on your heart, please let me know and we’ll see if we can work something out. Time and time again, the Lord has made a way where there seems to be no way – when we work together so much more is possible.

Isn’t it just so encouraging to see our books, with the message of the good news, reaching children in need? And there’s another new country our books have reached . . .

Helping Persecuted Christians
Last month we had a visit from a pastor from an Asian country who had been imprisoned for his faith. I gave him a couple of our books: he was so thrilled he has asked for more! He is now back in his own country. We received an email from him a few days ago: He is currently reading ‘I Want to Be an Airline Pilot’ to his three young boys! Please do pray for this little family, that they will stay strong in their faith in spite of all the difficulties they face. Thank you so much. Sorry I can’t give names or places. It’s thrilling to hear of our books reaching children all over the world – and so much is because of your prayers and support.

Christian Resources Together
The City KidI had a good time last month at the retreat event for publishers/suppliers and retailers in the UK Christian book trade (Christian Resources Together). Please pray for Christian bookshops – they do a great job. It was good to show them our new book, The City Kid, meet lots of old friends, make new ones, and work on ways we can help each other. The City Kid is being featured in next month’s trade magazine, and I have been asked to write a short piece, too. It’s a privilege to be a part of the Christian trade in this country.

ebook_cover_50_writing_tipsNew ebook
I have put 50 quick writing tips into a kindle book: if you write fiction for children and teens, or would like to, you can get this book free until Saturday (7th). Click here for Amazon UK. Click here for Amazon.com. (You can read kindle books on any device with Amazon’s free app.) If you would be kind enough to leave a review, it would help enormously – thanks very much.

 

Help!
Like to help but don’t need books right now? Here are some things you could do:

1. Come over to our facebook page and comment on, like and share posts. The more engagement each post receives, the more people see it – exponentially!
2. We covet your prayers – please pray for the children who read our books and for everyone involved in Dernier. Thank you so much.
3. Write a review of a book you or your children have read on the Eden website, Amazon, Goodreads, on our own website, or just email it to me! Reviews help us get known.
4. Send in a photo of your child/children reading – not only would we find that so encouraging, but a picture tells a thousand words when it comes to publicity. πŸ™‚
5. Tell someone about what we do.
6. If you would like to donate books for Education Bridge Africa, let me know. If you buy the books, we will pay for shipping. Boxes of books come in different quantities – Living in Hope come in boxes of 170, Beech Bank Girls II come in boxes of 100, and most are in between those two, but if you would just like to send one or two, or one of our packs (see above) we can do that, too. Just let me know.

Thanks so much for all your support and help! This has been such an encouraging newsletter to write – so many good stories. Little by little we are taking ground. It’s a battle, and we have to fight for every step, but it’s worth it. Thank you for standing with us, because we don’t need new sofas anything like as much as we need to pass on the good news of Jesus.

Janet

When the Road Is Rough and Steep

Rough and steep roadWe all pass through rough times, but one thing we can always rely on, is that the Lord will be with us. Some of you who have been Christians for a long time may now have the song which inspires the headline of this newsletter going round your heads! For those of you who don’t know it, it goes like this:

When the road is rough and steep

Fix your eyes upon Jesus

He alone has power to keep

Fix your eyes upon him.

Jesus is a faithful friend

One on whom you can depend

He is faithful to the end

Fix your eyes upon Him!

What a wonderful promise. If you’re climbing a tough path today, keep walking, one step at a time . . . the view from the top will be worth it! We’re not promised an easy life, but we are promised help, strength, light, peace and joy, and the presence of the Holy Spirit with us on the way. Let’s keep walking. πŸ™‚

At last The City Kid is with us!

Production of this book has, indeed, been a rough, steep road. Even the shipping took three times longer than anticipated, but the books are here – no longer a dream but now a reality! Thank you so much for all your prayers – all we have to do now is get them into the hands of teenagers . . .

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We only did a small print run because we used a printer in Croatia for the first time and I didn’t want to take a big risk . . . please pray the books will sell really quickly. If you would like some, please get hold of your copies now (contact me for quantity discounts) so we can plough back into producing more. Imagine a world filled with Christian books! Imagine if everyone bought books for all the young people they know! Imagine the difference it could make in so many lives! Please keep praying with me for this vision to be fulfilled – we know that the Lord is able to do vastly more than we can think or even imagine.

We can’t promise that any of our books will change lives, but that’s not our job – ours is to share the good news. Every single one of us can be a youth worker. If you don’t know any young people to buy for personally, we can send copies of The City Kid to Scripture Union in Uganda on your behalf, or to schools in Kenya where books are enormously treasured for two reasons – to help children rise out of poverty through literacy, as well as to spread the good news of Jesus.

Two more teenage boys have died this month in London from stab wounds.

According to an article in the Guardian, knife crime in the capital has risen by 16% in the past two years, with at least ten young people dying on the streets of London in this way since January. What a tragedy. These lads are someone’s children, grandchildren and brothers. You can read the story of the latest two deaths (a few days ago) here.

If you know anyone in youth ministry in London, please do let them know about this book. I would love to get this book into the hands of non-church teenagers in this country. Every single one should have the opportunity to hear the good news. Pressures on them are immense – if it’s not gangs it’s school work and exam pressure, alcohol and substance abuse, financial difficulties, family breakdown, worldliness and consumerism, peer pressure to fit in, low self-esteem. The City Kid, being loosely based on the parable of the prodigal son, is particularly aimed at reaching those who need to turn their lives around, and need to know who to turn to.

The City Kid spine

If you do school assemblies for teens, visit young offenders, run a youth club, teach 13s to 18s or have teen neighbours, please consider getting this book into the hands of the young people on your heart. It is a gritty story which holds no punches. The main character, John, enjoys his life in the city to begin with. He has a beautiful girlfriend, enjoys nightclubs, drinking, nights in hotels and his fast car. Gradually the fun turns to misery, though, as he falls into debt and becomes involved in corruption at work. After losing his girlfriend to a rich young politician, he goes to a bar looking to drown his sorrows, but is beaten up, has his car and wallet stolen and left for dead. Subsequently losing his job and home, John sees no way out of his desperation and tries to end his own life, but is miraculously spared. His life begins to turn around after a chance’ meeting with a Christian friend and a visit to a gospel rock concert.

This is a book of hope.

Updated Online Catalogue and Leaflets

I have updated our online catalogue with The City Kid: please do pass it on to anyone you think might be interested. We must keep sowing seeds while we can. Click here for the online Dernier catalogue. Don’t forget the books are all available from your local Christian bookshop as well as froDernier Publishing Booksm our website.

 

I’ve also had some new leaflets printed. They are A6 and two-sided. Let me know and I’ll send out however many you like. Thank you!

Encouragement from a supporter via email

And now for something completely different! I love it when I open my emails in the morning to find a book order or an encouragement of some sort. Here’s an email I thought I would share with you, as it’s really an encouragement for us all:To encourage you I would just share with you a picture the Lord gave me. He showed me a little bird perched on his finger, the bird was singing beautifully into Jesus ear. Jesus was smiling and taking great delight in the sound the bird was making. As I looked closer I could see the bird was the little Dernier bird! And, looking closer still, the bird was made up of many pieces like a jigsaw. The pieces represented all the writers and everyone who is a part of Dernier Publishing. Together what they had to say was like music to the Lord’s ear! We love you Lord and we lift our voice to worship you. Oh our hearts rejoice. Take joy our King in what you hear, let it be a sweet sweet sound in your ear.'”

Thank you, Juliet.

Lastly

MumA bit of personal news. Thank you to all who have been praying for my mum. She passed away quietly on 31st July. I saw her every day for the last few days of her life, and prayed with her the last time I saw her before she lost consciousness. The photo is of Mum at our wedding five years ago. Her funeral will be next Tuesday. As you can imagine, work has had to take a secondary place in the last few weeks. Please accept my apologies if you have been expecting to hear from me – I am running late with just about everything. Special apologies to those of you who bought copies of The City Kid to review – I meant to email you all to let you know your copy was in the post, but didn’t quite get round to it. I very much look forward to hearing from you.

 

Thank you for partnering with us in the gospel,

 

Janet

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! May the Lord bless you this year with every blessing in Christ!

Thanks for praying

First of all, thank you all so much for praying during the month of December – I’m truly grateful to all of you who support and encourage in so many ways. Please don’t stop praying, because the Lord is doing amazing miracles, through our prayers. (The prayer requests are still here, in case you’d like to keep praying!) The very first item on the list has now been answered . . . πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ . . .

Beech Bank Girls, Every Girl Has A Story in Croatian

Beech Bank Girls in CroatianHow about this? πŸ™‚ This is something I have only so far dreamt about – Dernier books reaching children who don’t speak English. Please pray that many girls will be touched by this fab Christian book in the tiny country of Croatia, with an even smaller Christian minority. I met Josip and Momir from Kristofori, a small publishing house in Zagreb, at a conference for European Christian publishers last year. The book is beautifully produced; it’s a privilege to be able to partner with them in this way. I hope this will be the start of many translations, and many children touched by the good news through our stories all over the world – please keep praying! Greek translations are still going ahead . . .

Our books in Chad!

Lad reading I Want to Be an Airline PilotSome of our books have reached Chad, thanks to one of our supporters, Roy, who went out there in the autumn! Roy told me,”Two young Korean friends whose parents work and live in Chad, and who themselves attend school in Kenya, read a selection of Dernier books that I left with them in Chad. They have sent these photos of themselves enjoying the books. They are going to share the books (about a dozen) between their school and the Africa InlKorean lad reading Dernier bookand Mission school in N’DjamΓ©na.” This is what the boys said about the books:
β€œI want to be an Airplane Pilot was an amazing book. It reminds me of how God is awesome. Under the Tamarind Tree is a great unforgettable story. Took me back to my childhood. Thank you so much for all the books. We enjoyed them a lot!”
Please continue to pray for our books as they go out all over the world . . . well, not for the books, for those who read them!

Are you off on a trip this year?

Are you, or do you know anyone going out to another country on a ministry trip this year? If so, could you buy a dozen or so books to take out with you in your suitcase, or buy books for someone else to take? In some countries of the world, children are starving for books to help them in their education. To have a Christian input in the stories is, of course, an added huge bonus – what a way to be a blessing, not just for this life, but the one to come! Alternatively, if you would like us to send a box of books to a school or children’s home, we can try to find the best way to do this for you – just let me know. Shipping is not cheap, but some places are easy and safe to send to. A supporter recently asked me to send a pack of books to a children’s home in Tanzania and they arrived just a week or so later. The recipients were absolutely delighted because they had been wanting to start a library! Some things that are expensive are worth it. Perhaps if you don’t have the resources yourself, you could raise some money with a coffee morning or something? πŸ™‚ Our packs of books are particularly good value, you can find them by clicking here.

Disconcerting news about school libraries

Bundle of Dernier Publishing paperbacksDoes your local primary school have a library? Last month I met up with Cheryl, one of our diocesan children’s and youth advisers. (We were due to meet by the lifts outside John Lewis at a local shopping mall – I waited half an hour on the ground floor while Cheryl waiting on the first floor – fortunately we did eventually get together!) I was hoping Cheryl would be able to point me in the right direction to get our books into schools, but the advice she had to give was disappointing. Although there may be some use for our books for ‘cafΓ© theology’ (small discussion/study groups), generally speaking schools don’t have the budget to buy books and many no longer have libraries. Imagine that! Almost all teaching is now internet based, apparently, and books for reading are usually from a reading scheme. Some schools may buy a few extra books for classroom libraries, but these are likely to be popular best-sellers. I have long cherished the dream that children from any faith or none could find our books in their school library – but if there are no libraries, this isn’t going to be possible! Maybe your church could buy local schools a pack of books, or give our books away for a present for Easter, or to leavers in the summer? I’d be really happy to offer quantity discounts. If you have any other ideas, I’d love to hear from you. You can contact me here. (And many thanks to Cheryl for giving her time and advice, and for waiting so long!)

Supporting Bookshops

We love to support Christian bookshops, but our sales from them are getting lower and lower. In fact, at a trade event last September we gave away more books to bookshops as samples, than we sold to them in the run up to Christmas. This means we actually lost money. πŸ™ There are less bookshops around, and many of those that remain are struggling for sales. Do support them if you can, and pray for them and for us as we work towards the same aim of getting as many books as we can into the hands of those who need to hear the good news, or to be built up in faith. Please pray for them, and for us, that we would both find creative ways to find more customers and make more sales, because there is still an urgent need to get books into the hands of our young people.

Janet Wilson

Janet Wilson, Founder of Dernier Publishing

Thank you so much for reading this far! Must go, sorry I’ve kept you so long – may the Lord be with you!

Until next time, God bless,

Janet

Would You Pray For Us?

Dernier Publishing logoWelcome to the final Dernier Publishing newsletter of 2015!

A Month of Prayer Requests

Our books are out there, all over the world, sowing seeds. But we need to pray – we can provide the books, but we can’t touch hearts and lives – only God can do that.

So, as I have no doubt you are already bombarded with ways to spend your money this Christmas, I thought this month I would request your prayers, rather than give you all the news. But first there is one thing I have been itching to tell you about which can’t wait till next month . . .the first of the Beech Bank Girls books is being translated into Croatian! We have never sold rights to other publishers in other countries before, so this is a brand new thing for us – Eleanor (the author) and I are delighted that girls in that tiny country, with an even tinier Christian minority, will be able to read this encouraging book. What do you think of that? Good news, eh! May it be the first of many translations! πŸ™‚

So, if you have a few minutes to spare now, or would be willing to pray for one item every day through December, would you print this off and stick it somewhere convenient, and pray for us? I would be hugely grateful.

Beech Bank Girls1. Please pray for the translation of BBG into Croatian, and pray for many more opportunities like this.
2. Please pray for supporter Michelle and the plans she has to translate and print our books in Greek – the first steps have been taken, but there is still much work to do.
3. Suicide rates are on the rise among teenagers, which is terrible. One fourteen-year-old took her life near us recently, and another girl’s attempted suicide was thwarted. Please pray that our books will touch children who feel hopeless and helpless. The World Health Organisation states: β€œAlthough suicide rates have traditionally been highest amongst elderly males, rates among young people have been increasing to such an extent that they are now the group at highest risk in a third of all countries.” This includes the UK.
4. Pray for a local teacher who uses our books in a lunch time book club. The children have enjoyed reading our stories – please pray for seeds to be sown that will bear fruit. One grandma asked to borrow one of the books after her granddaughter told her all about it with such enthusiasm! Please pray that other similar groups will be formed.
5. More and more children are being radicalised, marginalised, bullied, and becoming bullies. Please pray that in some way children will find our books, given by neighbours, friends and through schools and Christian youth clubs, that the Lord will transform children’s lives before they get into gangs, crime, drugs and violence – or become victims. 14 teenagers have died in stabbing incidents in London so far this year. πŸ™
angel6. Pray for the children who will receive our books this Christmas, whatever their background, that through all the tinsel and glitter, the parties and the food, the sparkly presents and the many distractions, or the lack of any of these, our books will be read and re-read, loved and cherished because they feel the touch of the Lord on their lives as they turn the pages.
7. Give thanks for the new website, and that I can now update it myself. Please pray it will be found and used by people who want our books, not by phishers, spammers, and anyone with malicious intent!
8. Pray that technology won’t break down (or cause headaches!), and we’ll be able to comply with the many statutory regulations.
9. Please pray for good relationships with Christian bookshops – pray they will support us in our ministry and not just stock the books, but promote them in creative ways to their customers, local schools and churches.
10. I would be grateful for your prayers for our authors – Eleanor and Mary have had particularly difficult health and family issues this year. There is opposition to the work.
The City Kid11. We are planning to bring out The City Kid in paperback next year! Please pray for every step to be made plain to us as we consider new ways of production and try to keep costs to a minimum. Pray that this excellent β€œprodigal” story will be eagerly received by young people all over the world, and that many will turn to God.
12. The City Kid was originally written in Uganda, and we’d love to be able to produce the book in large quantities at low cost locally, though I’m not yet sure how! Please do pray for this.
13. Pray for all other plans for next year, that the Lord will lead and guide, open or close doors, that His will will be done.
14. Please pray for better sales of our current stock, so we can keep going and produce more books, so that we can reach more children. Please pray that 2016 will be a year of great increase! The Lord has given me the task of getting Christian books into children’s hands all over the world – I know it sounds crazy, but believe me, I wouldn’t have chosen me and often feel tiny and inadequate. All I can say is that sometimes the Lord uses what is weakest and of no account. And there has never been a time when children needed the gospel more. Books are such a non-threatening way to reach hearts and lives. The Lord is using our books for good . . . please pray that our ministry will grow and multiply even more than we can ask for or imagine!
Bundle of Dernier Publishing paperbacks15. Pray for effective use of advertising and promotion, including through facebook, so that the people who want what we have will find us!
16. Please pray that I will use my time wisely – there are so many things to do!
17. Pray that many young people’s hearts and lives will be touched by the Holy Spirit as they read our books in other countries of the world. I know books have gone to France, Belgium, The Gambia, Australia and New Zealand, South Africa, USA, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Greece, and there may be more (do email me if you have sent any anywhere else!). And if you are reading this in any of these countries, please pray for us in the UK, too!
18. Pray for Write for a Reason, that I will be able to help more writers fulfill their mission. (Write for a Reason is a resource I run for unpublished Christian writers of stories for 8-14s.)
Greek girl reading I Want to Be an Airline Pilot19. Please thank God for all the wonderful testimonies we have received so far of how our books have touched lives. Please pray that the seeds that have been sown will keep growing and bear fruit in season.
20. Pray that churches will not only buy books for their own children and young people, but also those on the fringes of church life. Please pray that whole families will be transformed by the message in the stories.
21. Pray that more schools will use our books for class readers and as a resource for RE.
22. Please also pray for a new initiative we are trying out, writing studies to go with the books, so they can be used in β€œcafΓ© theology” study groups in schools, churches and youth groups.
23. Pray for a better storage solution for us – as we produce more books we are needing more space!
schoolchildren24. Shipping abroad is expensive, and it seems that Print-on-Demand is becoming more and more of a viable option – if we can print books in other countries, it could help us resource hard-to-ship-to places more easily. Please pray for this.
25. Pray that our own church children who read our books will be encouraged to keep walking in the faith. Just reading a book with Christian characters can help them feel less marginalised, and our books can show how their faith can make a difference in practice. I met a lady at an event recently whose two children have walked away from their faith, even though they used to be β€œright there” when they were younger. This is, sadly, a common story. Statistics of the number of young people dropping out of church is both sad and frightening.
girl reading26. Pray that parents and grandparents, godparents and neighbours, Sunday School teachers, youth workers and church leaders will see the importance of giving the older children they love good Christian books to read, to encourage and inspire them in their faith.
27. Pray for children from non-church backgrounds, that they will have an opportunity to hear the good news in a way relevant to them through our books. Pray that children will be drawn towards our books in school libraries and bookshops, and they will be drawn to the Lord through them.
28. Pray for children all over the world in desperate need of books, that somehow we might be able to get our books to them, maybe partnering with other agencies.
29. Pray that churches and schools will buy books for schools and churches they sponsor/care for in deprived places, that the good news will particularly reach the poor and needy, the abused and oppressed.
30. Pray for health and strength, energy and wisdom for all who help with Dernier in whatever capacity – production, editing and proof reading, illustration and design, IT, accounts, authors, distributors, reps, sales – and for me, too! Please pray for wisdom in all the decisions that need to be made.
31. Please pray for my family – my elderly Mum with dementia, my husband and three (adult) children, their partners and children and my two step-children . . . and me!

Thank you so much for praying with us. May the Lord hear! May the Lord act! May the Lord do mighty miracles by his grace! β€œNow to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen!” (Ephesians 3:20 NIV)

If you have a word of encouragement to share, or a story of how one of our books has touched a life, please don’t hesitate to email me, I would love to hear from you.

Janet WilsonAnd may the grace of God be with you this Christmas as you celebrate the birth of our Saviour, Emmanuel, God with us,

 

Janet

 
Janet Wilson, Founder of Dernier Publishing and Write for a Reason.

October news from Dernier Publishing

Spam, Ham and Babycham!

Those of you who are my friends on facebook may have seen this photo . . . I found these items when clearing out my mum’s kitchen! Anyone remember greasy spam fritters? The jelly in the tinned ham? And when Babycham was the ultimate treat? I hope I haven’t put you off your meal! πŸ™‚ If you are not British, or are too young to remember these things . . . they are a throwback to the 70s, when cheap convenience foods were the order of the day for many families.

spam, ham and babycham

Suffice it to say, we are what we eat. (Hurray for 5-a-day!) And this is true with our spiritual lives, too. Few children have the privilege of good biblical food . . . some of what they are taking in is a lot worse than spam fritters, but we can help to reverse the trend with our books with their excellent nutrition value!

Reviews on Website

I need your help! Would you be kind enough to leave a review of any of our books on the Dernier website? www.dernierpublishing.com – click on the book you have read and underneath it there’s a tab that says ‘Reviews’. Click on that and away you go! Thank you so much.

Books into Greek

I have mentioned Michelle before, and how keen she is to get our books printed in Greek. She has a passion to reach the children of Greece and Cyprus, who are starving for good Christian literature.

Unfortunately this is a costly exercise and Michelle is looking for sponsorship for this project. If you are able to help in any way, I know Michelle (and the children of Greece!) would be hugely grateful. This is Michelle’s vision: β€œ . . .to get all the books translated and printed and then aim to donate at least one box to each Sunday school in Greece and Cyprus where the books can be used as a lending library or a book club.” Here’s a picture of one of Michelle’s foster-daughters reading the translation of I Want to Be an Airline Pilot in Greek.

Girl reading I Want to Be an Airline Pilot

Please pray!

Books to Africa

If we can print on demand in Kenya, we will be able to help children like these. (With thanks to Dr Loise Gichuhi from Nairobi University and Education Bridge Africa for the photo.)

Education

These are real children who desperately need books. Let’s pray that the Lord will make a way! Way too many children in Kenya have to help on the farm instead of going to school. Families can’t afford school fees, but education is a way out of poverty. This a chicken and egg situation, but if we can help with books, we can at least help some break out of this cycle . . . with books that share the message of hope and love in Jesus. Please pray with me for a miracle. Thank you. x

Christian Resources Together

I spent a couple of days with loads of other people from the Christian book trade at The Hayes Christian Centre, Derbyshire, last month. Author Eleanor Watkins came too and we had lots of fun with other publishers, authors and booksellers. I thought you’d like to see a couple of photos! (With thanks to Dave Lock from Manna Christian Bookshop, Streatham, for the pic of Eleanor and I together.)

Oh, and if you haven’t bought the new Beech Bank Girls book (the one Eleanor is holding), your girls are seriously missing out on a good meal – you know where to get it! πŸ™‚

Eleanor WatkinsJanet Wilson and Eleanor Watkins

Allstars Children’s magazine

Finally, we have linked up with Allstars Children’s Magazine to offer some free copies of our Beech Bank Girls books. This is an excellent Christian magazine for children 8-11s. Do take a look at their website.

 

And that’s all the news for now! Thank you for reading this – I always look forward to newsletter time so I can share all our encouraging news with you. πŸ™‚

Janet

P.S. Just a thought – why not take inspiration from Michelle and buy a pack of Dernier books for your own Sunday School or Kids Club? Click here to find these on the Dernier website or visit your local Christian bookshop. Your gift could change lives.

 

Dernier Publishing logoWelcome to the October 2015 Dernier Publishing newsletter!
Spam, Ham and Babycham
Spam, Ham and BabychamThose of you who are my friends on facebook may have seen this photo . . . I found these items when clearing out my mum’s kitchen! Anyone remember greasy spam fritters? The jelly in the tinned ham? And when Babycham was the ultimate treat? I hope I haven’t put you off your meal! πŸ™‚ If you are not British, or are too young to remember these things . . . they are a throwback to the 70s, when cheap convenience foods were the order of the day for many families.
Suffice it to say, we are what we eat. (Hurray for 5-a-day!) And this is true with our spiritual lives, too. Few children have the privilege of good biblical food . . . some of what they are taking in is a lot worse than spam fritters, but we can help to reverse the trend with our books with their excellent nutrition value!

Reviews on Website
I need your help! Would you be kind enough to leave a review of any of our books here on the website? Find the book/s you have read. Underneath each one there’s a tab that says ‘Reviews’. Click on that and away you go! Thank you so much.

Books into Greek
I have mentioned Michelle before, and how keen she is to get our books printed in Greek. She has a passion to reach the children of Greece and Cyprus, who are starving for good Christian literature.
Unfortunately this is a costly exercise and Michelle is looking for sponsorship for this project. If you are able to help in any way I know Michelle (and the children of Greece!) would be hugely grateful. This is Michelle’s vision: β€œ . . .to get all the books translated and printed and then aim to donate at least one box to each Sunday school in Greece and Cyprus where the books can be used as a lending library or a book club.”
Greek girl reading I Want to Be an Airline PilotHere’s a picture of one of Michelle’s foster-daughters reading the translation of I Want to Be an Airline Pilot in Greek.
Please pray! (And P.S. – Could you buy a box of Dernier books for your own Sunday School or Kids Club? Click here to find these on the Dernier websiteΒ  or order them from your Christian bookshop.)

Books to Africa
If we can print books on demand in Kenya, we will be able to help children like these.Education (With thanks to Dr Loise Gichuhi from Nairobi University and Education Bridge Africa for the photo.) These are real children who desperately need books. Let’s pray that the Lord will make a way! Way too many children in Kenya have to help on the farm instead of going to school. Families can’t afford school fees, but education is a way out of poverty. This a chicken and egg situation, but if we can help with books, we can at least help some break out of this cycle . . . with books that share the message of hope and love in Jesus! Please pray with me for a miracle. Thank you. x

Christian Resources Together
I spent a couple of days with loads of other people from the Christian book trade at The Hayes Christian Centre, Derbyshire, last month. Author Eleanor Watkins came too and we had lots of fun with other publishers, authors and booksellers. I thought you’d like to see a couple of photos!

Eleanor Watkins holding the Beech Bank Girls booksJanet Wilson and Eleanor Watkins
Allstars Children’s magazine
We have linked up with Allstars Children’s Magazine to offer some free copies of our Beech Bank Girls books. This is an excellent Christian magazine for children 8-11 – do take a look at their website – you can order magazines FREE!

And that’s all the news for now! Thank you for reading this – I always look forward to newsletter time so I can share all our encouraging news with you. πŸ™‚
Janet

P.S. Don’t forget to leave your book reviews before you go! Thank you very much for your help.

Home Is Where The Heart Is

β€œHome Is Where The Heart Is”
Seeing images of desperate refugees on our TV screens reminds us that we should all have a home. Our hearts especially go out to the children, fleeing with nothing, frightened and exhausted.

β€œHome is where the heart is” goes the famous saying. Home should be a place where we are safe, living with people we care for and who care for us, where we can rest. This holds true whether we live in an urban flat, a country castle, or something in between.

apartment blockHever Castle

Whatever our situation is on earth, as Christians we have the assurance of a heavenly home where we are with the Lord forever – at rest, safe and loved. Thrilling! We need to share this good news now, while we can, because one day it will be too late. We can’t take our collections, our photos or our family heirlooms with us, but we can build up treasures for ourselves in heaven while we wait for Jesus to come or call us . . . let’s make sure our heart is where our home is!

Print on Demand in Kenya
I have been exploring the possibility of printing ‘I Want to Be an Airline Pilot’ (for 8-11s) and ‘The City Kid’ (for young adults) in Kenya. As we have found out, shipping books to Africa is fraught with difficulties and expense. Printing locally might solve the problem and make the whole process more economical. In turn this would mean we would be able to get our books to many more children in places where reading material (and especially Christian books) is highly valued. I’m waiting for a quote with a Christian organisation in Kenya. Please pray with us for this potentially exciting new development. We already have a donation for this project, and an NGO in Nairobi desperate for books! It looks like the Lord is already making a way, which is simply fabulous news, but I’d very much value your prayers because this is totally new territory for me.

Eleven Scary Statistics
Ali Campbell from β€œThe Resource”, who give support and advice to children’s and youth workers, recently checked out some statistics. Anyone who cares about young people should read them. Here’s one: 72% of Christians in the UK came to faith before they were 20 years old. Here’s another: only half of children brought up by Christian parents keep following for themselves. You can read all the details here:Β Statistics on Children in the Church Suffice it to say, we need to do everything we can to reach the children on our hearts NOW, while they are young. We can’t sit back and do nothing. schoolchildrenMost schools will still accept Christian books for their libraries, but many don’t have any. Few churches give Christian books to the children who go to their Sunday School, clubs and camps. Could you think of a way to get Christian books for children into your local library, school or church? We do a church/charity discount. Please let me know if I can help.

Thank you
On a much lighter note, thank you to all who responded so positively to last month’s Five Reasons to Visit Christian Bookshops. To respond to a common query, yes, by the time we’ve taken into account the cost of production and distribution, we do only make a small percentage of each sale through bookshops, and our direct sales keep us going . . . but the bookshops help us in our aim to reach as many children as possible, they do a fab, and we’re delighted to support their ministry. Let us know what you value about yours!

We Sold Out!
More fantastic news – back in July the Keswick Convention bookshop ordered a few of our books . . . 3 of the titles completely sold out! Thank you so much to all who prayed for good sales! Now we need to keep praying for the children who have read or will be reading our books. What an awesome privilege we have, to pray to our Father in heaven, who hears us and delights to answer! πŸ™‚

Dernier books at Keswick

The new Write for a Reason course starts on 21st September
I run this course is for unpublished writers who write Christian novels for 8-14s -ish – more details here: Read the Course Details Here You can also read testimonials from previous students who have completed the course on the Write for a Reason website. Please pass on to anyone you know who might be interested!

Janet WilsonPhew – there’s always so much to share! Thank you for reading this far – I hope I haven’t bored you! With grateful thanks for you support, as always,

Janet
P.S. If you enjoyed this newsletter, would you be kind enough to forward it to one or two people who might be interested? I will also put it on facebook, so if you come over to the Dernier facebook page you can share it with your friends!

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