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SOMETHING TO READ

"Gaia Warriors" by Nicola Davies; Candlewick Press, $14.99 (paperback)

Just in time for Earth Day comes this lively, inspiring book about climate change and what environmental activists (Gaia warriors) around the globe are doing about it.

Davies is a British science writer (among her terrific books for young readers is the hilariously titled "Poop, a Natural History of the Unmentionable"). The first part of the book explains climate change in an easily understandable way (the threat posed by the rising concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere we breathe). Then she moves on to solutions and all the creative ideas people around the planet, including young people, are coming up with to spread the message about the need to act (through the arts, comedy, group action and more) and concrete ideas such as concentrating solar power through mirrors in the Sahara Desert, working to modernize electrical grids, campaigns to use locally grown foods, avoiding plane and car travel in favor of bicycles, trains and buses and much, much more. It's an inspiring, not a gloomy book, and there is a list of helpful websites for those who want to learn more: www.footprintfriends.com; www.switchonswitchoff.org; www.studentsonice.com; and www.juliesbicycle.com.

-- Jean Westmoore

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SOMETHING TO DO

The YWCA of the Tonawandas and the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda, continue the family film series with "Gnomeo & Juliet" (G) at 2 p.m. today and 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $2. For information, call 692-2413.

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MINI HA-HA

How can you name the capital of every U.S. state in two seconds?

Washington, D.C.

-- "The Biggest Riddle Book in the World"