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> SOMETHING TO READ

"Elvis & Olive: Super Detectives" by Stephanie Watson; $15.99.

Ten-year-old Natalie (code name Olive) has nominated herself to run for student council secretary at her private school. Meanwhile, Annie (code name Elvis), her fellow detective and best friend from the neighborhood, tries to help the campaign, with disastrous results.

As the two detectives help their neighbors solve various mysteries (a lost bag of library books for one), they stumble across an elderly couple who may have to sell their home because of the high cost of medication and treatment for the wife's memory loss. The wife keeps insisting that "Zadie" is hidden in her closet; the key to solving this mystery is the heart of the book.

The contrast between comfortable but insecure Natalie and confident Annie, who lives in foster care after being abandoned by her mother, offers a lesson about friendship and the role friendship can play in finding yourself.

-- Jean Westmoore

> SOMETHING TO DO

Telescopes will be available for viewing the skies beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday at Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg. Cost is $2; members are free. For more information, call 627-4560 or visit www.penndixie.org.

> SOMETHING TO PHOTOGRAPH

National Geographic Kids is holding a photo contest for kids ages 6 to 14. Photos can be submitted in four categories: people, animals, scenery and humor. Grand prize winner will win a trip to Washington, D.C., and the regional winner will win a trip to Toronto. Deadline for entries is Nov. 1. For entries and rules, visit http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/activities/contests/kids-photo-contest/