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SOMETHING TO READ

Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: Book Two: The New Girl by Meg Cabot (Scholastic, $15.99, 240 pages) Ages 8 to 12.

Fourth-grader Allie Finkle is facing her first day at her new school, and everything is going wrong.

The family hasn't unpacked, so they end up eating popcorn for breakfast. Allie can't find her leggings, so she decides to wear jeans AND a skirt to school. Then her little brother decides to wear his pirate costume to kindergarten. Allie is worried, because she knows it's a bad thing to stick out as different at a new school. Her fears are confirmed when a mean girl in her class named Rosemary starts to make fun of her the very first day. On top of that, Allie gets the bad news that there might be problems with the kitten she has been promised.

In her second Allie Finkle book, Cabot again displays her magic touch. She's funny while she explores worries about friendship, fitting in, getting along with parents and little brothers -- and even figuring out which adult to listen to when it comes to dealing with an enemy.

-- Jean Westmoore

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COOKIE TIME

Erie County Girl Scouts will be selling cookies from Oct. 4 to Nov. 30, this year featuring a new flavor, "Dulce de Leche," with milk caramel chips and stripes. Call 837-6400 to find out where scouts will be selling cookies in your area.

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SCARE-ASSIC PARK

Dig for fossils by lantern light during a "Lost Treasure of the Ghostly Pirates" event from 5 to 9 p.m. this Saturday at the Penn-Dixie site, off Big Tree and Bristol in Hamburg. The fun includes a demonstration of medieval weaponry, singing pirates, Captain Dread's Jolly Roger Hay Rides, a Civil War cannon firing demonstration and free snacks. The $6 admission benefits Penn-Dixie's outdoor education center. Kids 3 and under get in free. For information, call 627-4560 or visit the Web site, www.penndixie.org.
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SOMETHING TO WATCH

"Turbo-Dogs," a new 3-D CGI animated series, premieres at noon Saturday on NBC.

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A NEW TOY SEASON

The Theatre of Youth, 203 Allen St., gears up for its new season with its first production, "The Boxcar Children," opening at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, and continuing at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31. It's based on the novels by Gertrude Chandler Warner about four orphaned siblings who run away together to avoid being sent to separate foster homes and take shelter in an abandoned boxcar. Tickets are $17 and $19. Call 884-4400.

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