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> SOMETHING ?TO READ

"The Cabinet of Earths" by Anne Nesbet; HarperCollins, $16.99. Ages 10 and up.

This sublimely creepy tale is set in Paris, where 12-year-old Maya and little brother James have arrived with their parents to spend a year. With their mother recovering from cancer and their father preoccupied with work, Maya and her brother stumble upon all manner of odd things: a house with a salamander for a door handle, a cousin who seems to be invisible to ?almost everyone, a man with disturbing purple eyes who seems to be extremely interested in ?Maya and James. At the heart of everything is the Cabinet of Earths, which is tended by an elderly keeper … and in need of a younger one.

Famous French scientist Antoine Lavoisier (who was executed during the French Revolution) even has a role in this suspenseful, original fantasy from a new author.

— Jean Westmoore

> SOMETHING TO DO

Events this week at the Central Library, Lafayette Square, include a meeting of the Lego Club for ages 6 to 12 at 1 p.m. Saturday and Miss Nancy's Storytime for ages 2 to 5 at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Groups of six or more must register. For more information, call 858-8900.

> SOMETHING TO LEARN

In 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa from Nepal, were the first to conquer Mount Everest. Since then, more than 3,000 others have made the climb. Mount Everest has an extreme climate, with the summit temperature never rising above freezing. Mount Everest was formed about 60 million years ago by moving tectonic plates. The mountain is named after Sir George Everest, a British surveyor in the mid-19th century. It is part of the Himalayas, which includes all five of the world's highest mountains. The youngest person to reach the peak of Mount Everest is Jordan Romero who was 13 years old when he made the climb in 2010.

—Time Book of Why