“The Sasquatch Escape: The Imaginary Veterinary: Book I” by Suzanne Selfors; Little Brown, $15.99.

Ten-year-old Ben Silverstein is sure that spending the summer living with his grandfather in the boring town of Buttonville is going to be the worst summer ever. There’s no swimming pool, hardly any other kids, and his grandfather’s idea of fun is Pudding Day at the senior center.

But on the way into town he spots what looks like a dragon overhead. And then his grandfather’s cat drags what appears to be an injured tiny fire-breathing dragon into Ben’s bedroom. Ben meets Pearl Petal, who loves adventure, has a reputation as the town troublemaker and lives in an apartment over the Dollar Store. The two start investigating Dr. Woo’s Worm Hospital and are enlisted in the hunt for an escaped Sasquatch (who likes to sort things by color and is VERY fond of chocolate).

At the end of the book are a bunch of ideas for writing your own stories, plus a recipe for chocolate pudding!

This is the first of what promises to be a very entertaining series from the author of the “Smells Like Dog” series and many other books.

Jean Westmoore


Events will be held all summer long at the 37 Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries. Here’s a sampling of some of the activities: The Central Library downtown will kick off the “Hug Your Library Today, So It’s Here Tomorrow” campaign at 5:15 p.m. today; Read Down Your Fines gives kids the opportunity to read off overdue library fines; Battle of the Books will be held Aug. 3; and from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. every Wednesday, beginning July 3, the library will be stationed at Canalside for storytelling and crafts. For information, visit


Far beyond Neptune and Pluto is the boundary of our solar system, a place called the heliopause. The heliopause is where the sun’s gravity has little effect. Beyond the heliopause lies deep space.

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