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Le Grand Livre des Gnomes: Les Camionneurs, Les Terrassiers, Aeronautes (original 1990; edition 1990)
The Bromeliad Trilogy: Truckers, Diggers, and Wings by Terry Pratchett (1990)
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In a world whose seasons are defined by Christmas sales and Spring Fashions, hundreds of tiny nomes live in the corners and crannies of a human-run department store. They have made their homes beneath the floorboards for generations and no longer remember -- or even believe in -- life beyond the Store walls.
Until the day a small band of nomes arrives at the Store from the Outside. Led by a young nome named Masklin, the Outsiders carry a mysterious black box (called the Thing), and they deliver devastating news: In twenty-one days, the Store will be destroyed.
Now all the nomes must learn to work together, and they must learn to think -- and to think BIG.
Part satire, part parable, and part adventure story par excellence, master storyteller Terry Pratchett’s engaging trilogy traces the nomes’ flight and search for safety, a search that leads them to discover their own astonishing origins and takes them beyond their wildest dreams.
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After generations of existing in the human-sized world, a group of four-inch-high nomes discover their true nature and origin, with the help of a black square called the Thing.
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