The novel "DJ Rising," by Love Maia (Hachette Books), is an inspiring novel for kids 12 and older. The main character, Marley, appears to be an average teenage boy, but he's not. Marley's dream is to be a DJ, and he is willing to do anything to make that dream come true. He has to go to school and get good grades to maintain his scholarship while working full time at a restaurant to pay the bills and take care of his mom. His hard work pays off when he lands a job at a local club. Will this job lead Marley to bigger and better things? Read this book to find out. I give this book a 5 out of 5, and recommend it to anyone who likes music or reading realistic fiction.



Atlantic City is for kids, too


Are you looking for something to do with your family? You should go to Atlantic City. You're probably thinking that's a place for adults. Well, there are a lot of things for kids, too. One thing you can do is go to the amusement parks with your family. You also can go to the beach, or shop in the stores on the boardwalk. My favorite thing to do is to go to Steel Pier Amusement Park. You can go on the Ferris wheel that overlooks the whole boardwalk. It's so beautiful.

Another fun thing to do is to go to Ripley's Believe It or Not and the Rainforest Café. I love the cafe. It feels like you're in a real rain forest. They also have a gift shop.

These are only some of the things you can do. But you should really go there. It's a lot of fun! Still not sure? Go online: and search "kids. -- VIVIAN HUTTLE



Try community service


I do community service for my church, St. Brigid's in Westbury. With my friends, I collect food and cans from people's houses in my neighborhood. On each block, we run up to the houses to collect the bags of cans and food people have left out for us. When we are done we get in the car and check which other blocks we have to visit to make a pickup. When we are done with our part of the neighborhood we drive to the church. When we are at the church we give the people who work there the bags and they thank us for what we have done.

After that we are exhausted, but we think it's worth it because we are helping people who need the food. It is a lot of fun and we hope you will help your community, too. I was able to do this through the church in my community. Check if your house of worship or community center does it, too. You will feel so good. -- MELISSA JUST

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