“The Wednesdays” by Julie Bourbeau; illustrated by Jason Beene; Alfred A. Knopf, $16.99.

Max lives in a village halfway up Mount Tibadabo where life is normal, except on Wednesdays. On Wednesdays, life stops, shops close and everyone stays indoors to avoid the strange accidents that seem to happen only on that one day of the week. (A bumper falls off a car, a cat gets stuck in the vacuum cleaner, people slip or stub their toes, a birthday cake collapses into a sodden pancake.) But then Max’s exasperated mother sends him outdoors on a Wednesday and he discovers a pair of silvery eyes staring out at him from under the village gazebo. Max slowly discovers the frightening secret of the Wednesdays, and something very frightening about himself at the same time.

This entertaining and original adventure has humor, suspense and a great cast of characters, including Max’s baby brother Leland, an odd war veteran named Mr. Grimsrud, a nutty specialist named Dr. Conkle-Smoak and a heroic dog named Thursday.

– Jean Westmoore


The Buffalo History Museum will present its Family History Club from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the museum, Elmwood Avenue and Nottingham Terrace. This week’s theme is pioneer life. Cost is $5-$10 for children; free for adults. For more information, call 873-9644, Ext. 0, or visit


Race car drivers have perfected a racing technique called drafting. This is the aerodynamic effect that allows a tailgating car to move faster than the car in front. How does that happen? The lead car whizzes down the track, pushing the air in front out of the way. That opens a gap of air between the lead car and the second car. As the second car drives into the gap, not much air resistance pushes on its front end. So, the second car can move faster and save fuel.

– Time For Kids: Big Book of Why