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Cabin on Trouble Creek by Jean Van Leeuwen (Dial, $16.99)

Anyone who liked Gary Paulsen's novel, "Hatchet," will enjoy this fascinating survival story of pioneer America, based on a true incident when two boys survived eight months in the Ohio wilderness in a partly built cabin.

Although nothing is known about the boys but their names, Van Leeuwen comes up with a believable scenario. In her book, a father takes his two older children to the wilderness in 1803 to help build a cabin, then leaves them alone while he returns to Pennsylvania to fetch his wife and younger children, planning to be gone only five or six weeks.

With help from an Indian hunter, who teaches them how to set rabbit snares, 11-year-old Daniel and younger brother manage to survive for eight months, having no idea if their father is ever coming back.

Jean Westmoore

Kids 8 to 12 may want to check out the Triple Trek Summer Day Camp, offered Aug. 2 to 6 and Aug. 9 to 13 at Penn Dixie fossil site and Woodlawn Beach State Park in Hamburg and Tifft Nature Preserve. Call 627-4560 for information. Cost for one week is $225. A summer kids 'n arts day camp for kids 6 to 12 will be offered at the Castellani Art Museum and Niagara University Theatre from July 26 to Aug. 20. Tuition is $130 a week. Call 283-8200 or e-mail

July is National Ice Cream Month. What flavor are people most likely to be eating?

A. Butter pecan

B. Chocolate

C. Neapolitan

D. Vanilla

Answer: D. Vanilla. About 29 percent of all ice cream sold is vanilla.

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