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KID BITS

SOMETHING TO READ

The Two Princesses of Bamarre, Gail Carson Levine, HarperCollins, $15.95.

The popular author of "Ella Enchanted," a revised Cinderella tale that was a 1998 Newbery Honor book, offers an original fairy tale of two princesses, shy Addie and brave Meryl, and Addie's quest to save her sister from the Gray Death.

This is an epic saga, borrowing from fairy tales of all kinds, with Addie bravely journeying past ogres, gryphons, even a dragon. (She gets to wear some seven-league boots at one point.) It stays exciting right up to the hair-raising finish.

-- Jean Westmoore
SOMETHING TO DO
The Buffalo and Erie County Library has a Summer Cyber Camp for kids entering fourth through eighth grades in the fall. It's offered in four-day or single half-day sessions at library branches around the county. It's free, but you must have a valid library card and parental permission for Internet access. Check with your library branch, or visit the library Web site at www.buffalolib.org.

SOMETHING TO MAKE
How about a twist on Rice Krispies treats? This recipe is fun because it combines three cereals.

CIRCUS TREATS
Vegetable oil cooking spray

4 tablespoons of unsalted butter

6 cups of miniature marshmallows (a little less than one large bag)

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cups each of Rice Krispies, Froot Loops and Cap'n Crunch cereals. (Or use 3 cups each of Rice Krispies, Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch and Cocoa Puffs instead.)

Find a 9-by-9-by-2-inch pan. Lightly coat the pan with cooking spray. In a large pot, melt the butter on medium heat. Add the marshmallows and salt. Stir with a long wooden spoon until marshmallows are melted. Take the pot off the heat and add the cereals. Stir until the cereals are thoroughly coated with the marshmallow mixture. (You might need help to do this, because it takes a lot of muscle and you have to do it fast.) Coat your hands with the cooking spray. Pour mixture into pan. Using the heel of one hand, press the mixture evenly into the pan. let cool for 30 minutes, then cut.

SOMETHING TO WATCH
The Flix Theater, 4901 Transit, Lancaster, is showing free movies at 10 a.m. Wednesdays this summer. The schedule is: June 27, "Indian in the Cupboard"; July 4, "See Spot Run."; July 11, "Babe: Pig in the City"; July 18, "Anastasia"; July 25, "Casper"; Aug. 1, "Black Beauty"; Aug. 8, "Far From Home"; Aug. 15, "Fern Gully"; Aug. 22, "Titan A.E."; Aug. 29, "Home Alone 3." (No tickets are needed; movies are subject to change.)

Mini ha-ha
What did one eye say to another eye?

Between you and me, there's something that smells.

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