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SOMETHING TO READ

"The Moon Over High Street" by Natalie Babbitt; Michael Di Capua Books/Scholastic, $15.95.

A new book from "Tuck Everlasting" author Natalie Babbitt is an occasion. Here she tells the story of orphan Joe Casimir, who has lived with his grandmother since his parents died in a car crash when he was a baby. Then his grandma breaks her hip and he has to take a bus to the small town where his father's cousin Myra teaches school. He finds he likes living with Myra OK, especially since the family next door has a daughter who is Joe's age.

Then the neighbors' runaway dog brings him to the attention of millionaire Mr. Boulderwall, owner of the factory that makes "swervits," a crucial part for cars. Mr. Boulderwall has no sons and out of the blue, because Joe has a Polish name and he himself originally came from Poland, decides he wants to adopt Joe and groom him to run the factory some day. Joe has his own ideas about what he wants to do with his life, but nobody seems to be able to tell him about what to do.

Babbitt always gives a reader something to think about: What would you pick, millions or the moon? Other books by this author: "The Devil's Storybook" and "Kneeknock Rise."

-- Jean Westmoore

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SOMETHING TO DO

The Riviera Theatre and YWCA of the Tonawandas continue the Family Film Series at 11 a.m. Saturday with "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" (G) at the theater, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Cost is $2. For information, call 692-2413.

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SOMETHING TO LEARN

Before there was a jump shot in basketball, the set shot ruled. Players planted their feet on the court and shot the ball with one or both hands. Some players wanted to find a better way to score. As the game changed, players eventually developed the jump shot. In a jump shot, a player puts backspin on the ball. When the ball hits the rim or backboard, it changes velocity, and moves in the opposite direction of the spin. That results in more velocity toward the net, which helps the ball go into the basket.

-- Time Book of Why