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SOMETHING TO READ

“Eighth Grade Is Making Me Sick” by Jennifer L. Holm, illustrated by Elicia Castaldi; Random House, $15.99.

Ginny Davis has a big to-do list for eighth grade: trying out for cheerleading, falling in love, saving money, teaching her grandfather how to email, joining the online community Vampire Vixens Den.

But her big brother keeps getting into trouble, her stepfather loses his job, her mother has a baby and baby Ballou arrives way too early. Suddenly Ginny has a long list of things to worry about. Can worrying make you sick?

This is the second book Holm and Castaldi have told about a girl through her stuff. Using sticky notes, report cards, poetry written as school assignments, school menus, doctor bills, bank statements, lists and more, Ginny’s year unfolds with all its humor and heartbreak.

– Jean Westmoore

SOMETHING TO DO

The Theatre of Youth’s holiday performances of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” will begin Dec. 7. Various book clubs also are planned. To find out more information, call 884-4400, Ext. 304, email boxoffice@theatreofyouth.org or visit www.theatreofyouth.org.

SOMETHING TO LEARN

Long before workers completed the third floor of Italy’s Tower of Pisa, the marble structure began tilting. The problem started when engineer Bonanno Pisano designed the 185-foot-tall tower with a stone foundation that was only 10-feet thick. The construction site was also very soft. Between the weak foundation and soft soil, the 16,000-ton structure tilted. To make up for this, the builders made each new floor a bit taller on the side closest to the ground. That made the tower lean in the other direction. Recently, engineers worked on the tower to give its unusual structure greater strength.

– Time Book of Why