“Freakling” by Lana Krumwiede; Candlewick Press, $15.99.

Taemon knows he is different than the other people of the walled city of Deliverance. Everyone has “psi,” or telekinesis, the power to move objects with their minds. But while Taemon can use psi to move things, he has a different talent as well, one he is careful to keep secret for fear of being labeled a freakling or banished to the Powerless Colony where people have to turn on lights, unlock doors, drink and put food in their mouths by hand. (All of this is considered an embarrassing weakness in Deliverance.) Deliverance is awaiting the arrival of the one True Son. Will it be Taemon’s brother Yens, who has a real thirst for power? Or will the heart of the Earth choose someone else? Or does the prophet Nathan have his own plans?

This fascinating novel from a new author features colorful characters, thrilling suspense and a different futuristic universe a bit like the one in Suzanne Collins’ “Hunger Games” trilogy. This is a world where books are dangerous, for one thing!

– Jean Westmoore


The KeyBank Family Film Series continues with “Rise of the Guardians” (PG) at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Cost is $2. For information, call 692-2413.


Why is blood red? Blood contains a protein called hemoglobin. Hemoglobin carries oxygen. When hemoglobin comes in contact with oxygen, the hemoglobin changes its color, giving blood its reddish hue. You might have noticed that the veins in your body look dark. Veins look dark because the unoxygenated blood in them is dark.

– Time for Kids: Big Book of Why