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Kidbits: For the younger set


“A Tangle of Knots” by Lisa Graff; Philomel Books, 233 pages, $16.99.

An intricate puzzle unfolds in a most delicious way in this marvelous story of family, connection – and cake. The story is set in a world where certain people are blessed with unusual talents, ranging from spitting, to getting lost, to floating in the air to baking cakes. Cadence, an 11-year-old orphan, is famous for her cake-baking and she is the only orphan left at the orphanage, where her kindly caretaker Jennifer has a talent for matching orphans with the right parents. Then someone comes along who seems like a good fit for Cadence. But what’s his real story?

All the pieces fall into place in this terrific book that has a very creepy villain who likes to steal other people’s talents. Other puzzle pieces include a striped air balloon that crashes into a building, a woman who has lost her memory and a very unusual hairpin that unlocks a mystery at the local museum. The author also includes cake recipes.

– Jean Westmoore


Learn about “Wonderful Wood!” at Fall Family Day from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Herschell Carrousel Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. Cost is $6 per person, free for children under 2. For more information, call 693-1885 or visit


When World War I (1914-1918) began, no one imagined how brutal it would become. Soldiers used new weapons, such as tanks, poison gas and machine guns, for the first time. When the war ended, more than 40 million people had died. The war was so bloody and so devastating that many believed it would be the last war humans would ever fight and was called “the war to end all wars.”

– Time for Kids Big Book of Why