Xpress, the Coolest Section of the St. Petersburg Times, is the home for features, news and views of interest to young readers. Most of the work in Xpress, which appears on Mondays in Floridian, is produced by the Times' X-Team. The team of journalists ages 9-17 from around the Tampa Bay area is selected every year at the end of the school year to serve during the following school term. The current team of 12 was chosen out of 150 applicants. Watch for X-Team application forms in Xpress during the month of May.

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Be interactive while you watch

Last week, Nickelodeon and Nick.com launched BubbleCast, the first interactive TV/online game experience for kids. It's designed to play on the computer while kids watch Nickelodeon TV shows during the Slime Time Live programming block at 4 p.m.

Helping boost family reading

Goosebumps author R.L. Stine, whose latest series is called the Nightmare Room, will be in Naples today to launch Gov. Jeb Bush's Family Literacy Initiative, "Celebration of Reading." Stine will read passages from his books, as will Bush's parents, former President George Bush and Barbara Bush. The Family Literacy Initiative is a new program that will fund and promote literacy efforts throughout Florida.

Getting primed for the prom

Check out the March issue of Seventeen magazine (on newsstands now) for its first Prom Planner. The pull-out brochure offers advice on reserving limos, buying dresses and picking out boutonnieres, among other prom-related matters. The back page helps you set up a budget.

A touch of ’N Sync on the lips

A line of lip balm featuring the five faces of 'N Sync hits stores this month. Each guy has his own flavor: Lance is blue raspberry, JC is watermelon, Chris is strawberry, Joey is green apple and Justin is vanilla. Each lip balm package of five sells for $4.99 at stores such as Spencer Gifts, Limited Too, Claire's and Circle K.

Also new, but available only at Wal-Mart department stores for now, are three 'N Sync toys: Game of Beads, Sackers and Sticker Fanatic. Each game sells for $6. These products join the 'N Sync Backstage Pass board game ($24), which has been in many stores for a while.

'N Sync must like Tampa's football stadium. First it was the Super Bowl halftime show, and now it's a concert. The group will perform May 15 at Raymond James Stadium. Tickets are $25, $45 and $65 and are on sale now at Ticketmaster.

Kids can sample live theater

"Kids' Night on Broadway" is a national event designed to introduce young people to live theater. The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center is participating by offering kids ages 5 to 18 a free ticket to Sunday's 7:30 p.m. performance of Les Miserables when accompanied by an adult who purchases a full-price ticket. Ticket prices range from $22 to $61.50 and may be purchased at Ticketmaster, the center box office or by calling (813) 229-7827. A meet-and-greet session at 6:45 p.m. allows young theatergoers to talk to child actors from Les Miserables.

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