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KID BITS

> SOMETHING TO READ

The Day Joanie Frankenhauser Became a Boy by Francess Lantz (Dutton, $16.99).

Joanie loves to play football, but most boys generally don't want to play football with a girl. She also hates wearing skirts to school.

So when Joanie starts a new school and the attendance register mistakenly lists her first name as "John," she decides to let everyone think she is a boy.

She quickly finds out that being a boy is harder than it looks, when she makes friends with a group of boys led by a bully who comes up with some dangerous tests to stay a member.

This humorous and thoughtful book offers an interesting look at the different expectations people have for boys and girls.

- Jean Westmoore

> SWIMMERS WANTED

USA Swimming has a new "We Want You on Our Team" campaign that promotes the health and social benefits of joining swim teams. The campaign includes a contest for youths 6 to 16 with weekly prizes and one grand prize, a trip for four to the 2006 Teen Choice Awards. Find details at www.usaswimming.org/ontheteam.

> BRAINIAC QUESTION

On Sept. 25, 1690, the first American newspaper was published in Boston. What was it called?

A. Boston Globe

B. Poor Richard's Almanack

C. Publick Occurrences

D. Ye Red Sox Nation

Answer: C.

> WILDLIFE FESTIVAL

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day at a free family wildlife festival - featuring storytelling, music, animal demonstrations (including monkeys), and a real-life fishing pond - from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Power Vista and grounds at 5777 Lewiston Road. Call 286-6661 or visit www.nypa.gov for a schedule.

> MINI HA-HA

What did the DNA say to the other DNA?

"Do these genes make my butt look fat?"

- Newsday

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