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KID BITS

SOMETHING TO READ

Taking Care of Moses by Barbara O'Connor (Farrar Straus Giroux, $16).

Young Randall Mackey knows who left the baby in a box on the steps of the Rock of Ages Baptist Church.

The church's white pastor and his wife, who have no children, care for the African-American baby and call him Moses. But some people in town think Moses would be better off with an experienced foster mother -- or at least with "his own kind" -- meaning a black family.

The fight over the baby causes all kinds of bad feelings, until Randall decides to track down the baby's mother and get her to stop the ruckus.

As she did in "Moonpie and Ivy," O'Connor does a great job of creating a small town with a colorful cast of characters and issues of poverty and community.

-- Jean Westmoore

SOMETHING TO WATCH

"Mythbusters" (airing Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Discovery Channel) offers a reason to like science class. Hosts Jamie and Adam test urban myths using scientific equipment and decide whether the legend is true, plausible or busted. In tonight's episode, they examine three propositions: that a plugged-in appliance that falls in the tub will electrocute the bather (true), that quicksand can suck someone under and cause death (also true) and that an MRI will make a tattoo explode (false). Upcoming shows tackle such questions as: Is it really hard to find a needle in a haystack? Is it dangerous to talk on the phone during a thunderstorm?

Grade: A/Dallas Morning News

MAKE A SCARY MOVIE

The Web site, www.xipster.com/halloween, is offering free downloadable software just for Halloween so kids can make their own scary movies. You'll need a PC computer, a web cam or other digital video camera and the XIPSTER software which is available free for 15 days.

SOMETHING TO SEE

"Arthur's World," starring Marc Brown's lovable character, will visit the Strong Museum at One Manhattan Square in Rochester from Oct. 23 to Jan. 23. Visitors will meet Arthur "in person" and can enjoy craft activities, music, face painting and more during this weekend's exhibit opening celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

MINI HA-HA

What rides at the amusement park do ghosts like best?

The scary-go-round and the roller ghoster.