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The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan: An Enola Holmes Mystery by Nancy Springer (Philomel Books, $14.99, 183 pages). Ages 8 to 12.

Gene Wilder once starred in a movie as Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother. But what if Sherlock Holmes had a smarter sister? At least that's the idea behind Nancy Springer's fun mystery series starring girl detective Enola Holmes.

Enola has escaped the stifling household of older brothers Sherlock and Mycroft and started her own detective business, careful to always wear disguises. In this entertaining mystery, Enola is hiding out in a public lavatory when she recognizes a friend, Lady Cecily, and realizes she is in danger, thanks to a message encoded on a pink paper fan.

As in the other Enola Holmes mysteries, Springer includes page-turning suspense, memorable characters and a vivid portrait of London life.

-- Jean Westmoore



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A community celebration from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Buffalo Museum of Science will raise money for the Junteenth Festival and feature special activities and presentations including the Crusaders Drill Team from 3:25 to 4 p.m. and Krumpers from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. General admission is $7 adults, $5 child 3-18, $6 seniors (62 ), $5 students (with ID), $5 military (with ID,) children under 3 and museum members free. $1 admission discounts available to Buffalo & Erie County Public Library cardholders and NFTA pass cardholders.



Do you think your school could be the greenest school in the country? If so, the IC Bus company wants to hear about it. The bus manufacturer has launched a nationwide essay contest to find America's most eco-friendly school. Visit for official contest rules. Kids younger than 13 must have a parent or guardian sign the essay contest form.



Can you remember all 44 U.S. presidents in order? Help is on the way. Learn "The American Presidents" song. It was created by Genevieve Madeline Ryan, 19, now a student at Princeton University. When she was 12 or 13, her dad asked her to memorize the order of the presidents as a Father's Day gift. With the help of presidential historian Hugh Sidey, she came up with rhymes to help her remember. She then got former National Symphony Orchestra conductor Leonard Slatkin to help her put her rhymes to music. Hear the song by going to and clicking on "The American Presidents."

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