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Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for Nov. 1, 2012

2012-11-01T00:00:00Z Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for Nov. 1, 2012By Philip Potempa philip.potempa@nwi.com (219) 852-4327 nwitimes.com

Here's our monthly showcase of the latest and greatest new selections in media for youth.

From books and games to educational toys and DVDs, there's never a dull moment for active and eager young minds.

Sterling Children's Books, $14.95, Ages 8 and older

"Horten's Incredible Illusions" by Lissa Evans

When "height-challenged" Stuart Horten discovers his great uncle Tony has left behind a mystery in his final will, it's up to him to visit all of the locations described to find the clues to solve some very strange puzzles. With the help of triplets April, May and June, this 352-page hardcover keeps readers eager to find out what happens next. In stores or sterlingpublishing.com.

Sterling, $17.95, Ages 12 and up

"Betrayal: An Empty Coffin Novel" by Gregg Olsen

For British foreign exchange student Olivia Grant, everything is perfect. She's living on the west coast, dreaming of Hollywood, has caught the attention of the cutest guy in school and she's been invited to Brianna Connors' Halloween bash. But when Olivia's stabbed to death, it's up to twin sleuths Hayley and Taylor Ryan to spend the next 288 pages of this hardcover to solve the murder. It's available in stores or at sterlingpublishing.com.

Endless Games, $19.99, Ages 4 and older

"The Cupcake Race"

There is a party tonight and you and your opponents have been asked to bring cupcakes. Get your kids and their friends together to play and be the first player to mix, bake, frost and top your cupcake by visiting all four corners and collect sprinkles along the way. The first player to reach the party with a completed cupcake and a sprinkle of each color wins the cherry to put on top! It's available at Toys R Us, Amazon and endlessgames.com

Sunstar Americas Inc., $3.49, Ages 3 and older

Star Wars Lightsaber toothbrush by GUM

With time and training, Jedi Knights master their lightsaber combat skills. Now kids can train just like their favorite characters to perfect their brushing skills with the GUM Star Wars Lightsaber toothbrush. This lightsaber-shaped toothbrush flashes for 60-second intervals to help train kids to brush longer and ensure better oral health. There are three character designs: Anakin Skywalker, Yoda and Darth Vader. Batteries included and available at www.GUMbrand.com and most major retailers.

Stephen Joseph Gifts, $16.99, Ages 7 and older

Little Charmer Owl by Designer Stephen Joseph

This is a Little Charmer for your little charmer. It's the first time for grade school fashion accessorizing with these too-cute plush animals in themes like Butterfly, Ladybug, Owl and Monkey. Not only so soft, each comes with a matching necklace to combine fun and fashion.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at philip.potempa@nwi.com or (219) 852-4327.

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