Guys Read: Thriller; edited by Jon Scieszka; WaldenPond Press, 288 pages, $6.99 paperback.

The author of "The Stinky Cheese Man" and "The Time Warp Trio" series wants to get guys reading, and this is the second collection in his "Guys Read" series. The first collection was funny stories. This time he recruited popular authors to write thrillers; the illustrations are by Lemony Snicket illustrator Brett Helquist.

All the stories are great, and none are too super-scary or gross. Among the best stories are "The Old, Dead Nuisance" by M.T. Anderson, featuring the son of a cameraman shooting a show called "True Spook" and an encounter with a ghost; Gennifer Choldenko's suspenseful "The Snake Mafia" about the illegal reptile trade; Walter Dean Myers' very different story in "Pirate," the portrait of a teenage Somalian pirate; and Patrick Carman's "Ghost Vision Glasses" in which a bully is terrified into reforming. Other authors represented include Matt De La Pena, Anthony Horowitz, James Patterson, Margaret Peterson Haddix and Bruce Hale.

-- Jean Westmoore


The YWCA of the Tonawandas and Riviera Theatre present the Family Film Series with a screening of "The Smurfs" (PG) at 11 a.m. Saturday at the theater, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Cost is $2.


Mosquitoes have been around for 30 million years. During this time, they have become experts at finding people and animals on which to prey. Mosquitoes live off the blood of mammals. A mosquito is attracted to you by the warmth of your body and the chemicals that you exhale. Certain colored clothes can also make you a target.

-- Time Book of Why