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"Drama" by Raina Telgemeier; Graphix/Scholastic, $10.99. Ages 10 and up.
Callie has always loved theater. But she has a terrible singing voice so she can't really hope for a part in her middle school musical, "Moon Over Mississippi." She's perfectly happy to be the set designer for the stage crew. Among other things, she has to figure out how to make a cannon fire on stage! She also has to survive all the backstage drama of middle school relationships and crushes of actors and crew.
This second graphic novel from Raina Telgemeier is a great follow-up to her graphic memoir "Smile," which was inspired by her terrible experiences with her teeth and braces growing up. (Check it out if you haven't read it!)
- Jean Westmoore


Saturday is the eighth annual Museum Day presented by Smithsonian magazine. Go to to download a Museum Day Admission Card. Each card provides free museum access for two people; limit one card per household. Among the participating museums is the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda.


The deepest site on the planet is the Mariana Trench, which is 36,201 feet deep. The trench is located in the Pacific Ocean near the Mariana Islands, southeast of Japan. The reason the trench is so deep has to do with plate tectonics. Earth's crust is made up of moving plates, floating on the molten magma of the mantle. As the magma rises through cracks in the crust, it pushes the pieces of crust apart. In some areas, the magma forces chunks of crust together. In other areas, the ocean's crust pushes beneath Earth's crust, creating deep trenches like the Mariana.
- Time Book of Why