Because of Shoe and Other Dog Stories” by Ann M. Martin; Henry Holt, $15.99.

There’s something for everyone in this illustrated anthology of nine dog stories from popular authors and compiled by the author of Newbery Honor book “A Corner of the Universe” and “10 Rules for Living With My Sister.”

Max the Dax, a dachshund, saves the day in the hilarious, suspenseful “Dognapper” by Wendy Orr. In Pam Munoz Ryan’s heartwarming title story, which ends in a very surprising way, an 11-year-old girl named Lily tells a very long-winded story about her dog, Shoe, to a judge in court. Mark Teague wrote and illustrated “Science Fair,” a hilarious story about a nerdy eighth-grader whose bombshell science project, creating a dog-mouse, backfires in an interesting way. A 12-year-old girl learns a lesson about responsibility when her brother breaks his wrist and her parents leave her home alone with the dog in Ann Martin’s amusing story “Picasso.”

Matt de la Pena, author of gritty Young Adult novels “Mexican White Boy” and “We Were Here,” offers a heartwarming tale of a Mexican-American gardener’s son’s tough introduction to a private junior high school, and the pivotal role played by his homely, smelly dog, Peanut.

– Jean Westmoore


The KeyBank Family Film Series continues with “The Indian in the Cupboard” at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Cost is $2. For information, call 692-2413 or visit


Cats are the acrobats of all household pets. If a cat falls from a short distance, it will almost always land on its feet. Because it lacks a collarbone, a cat can easily rotate and bend its body more than other animals. The backbones of cats are also more flexible than other animals. This allows them to turn and land on their feet.

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