The hive’s swarmin’ in this warm weather, but the drones are keepin’ cool by making a beeline to the library. It appears kids in Buzzville are doing the same thing. Reviews on Book Buzz Picks keep arriving in Newsbee’s in-box. Your literary bee-buddy is happy to share a couple of good ones with you—and include one he wrote on the oldest Pick.

“Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit,”

by Chris Van Dusen.

Reviewed by Cody Vondera, second grade, St. John the Baptist School.

I read “Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit.” I thought this book would be about a kid who hits a far hit. I was a little right.

Randy Riley played baseball, and every time he struck out, he saw a glimmer of fire, and he said it would land in 19 days. Then Randy built a robot, and it hit the fire into space.

I like this book because I play baseball too. I would recommend this book to my friend because he likes baseball.

“Here Come the Girl Scouts!”

by Shana Corey.

Reviewed by AvaLou Ploch, second grade, St. John the Baptist School.

I read “Here Comes the Girl Scouts!” I thought the book would be about Girl Scouts camping and something goes wrong, a bear comes and blocks their camping view.

This book was about this little girl named Daisy Gorden Low who wanted to have an adventure. Her real name was Juliet Low. She was the first person to create Girl Scouts.

I think this is a good title for the book because it is about someone who made up Girl Scouts so there they came. I would recommend this book to Olivia’s mom because she is our Girl Scout leader. She loves books like this one.

I like the book because I’m in Girl Scouts, and the book made me really happy.

“Kepler’s Dream,”

by Juliet Bell.

Reviewed by Newsbee, The Missourian.

Ella has a tough go of it. Her parents are divorced, she never sees her father, and her mother has leukemia. A stem cell transplant is required. But who will watch Ella?

Her father isn’t in the picture. Taking folks on wilderness fishing trips is all he’s interested in, but he has an idea. Ella can stay with his mother, “the dragon lady.” Violet Von Stern expects perfection and lives in an eclectic hacienda in New Mexico overrun with peacocks, and littered with whatnots and old books.

Life at the hacienda is dull for Ella — no TV or Internet — until she meets Rosie, the daughter of a man who works for GM, the title Ella gives her grandmother. The girls are the same age, and soon become friends, and partners in solving a mystery surrounding the disappearance of the most valuable book in GM’s collection, a prized edition of “Dream,” by Johannes Kepler, a scientist/astrologer from the 17th century.

Reviews from the following students can be read online at

Todd Bobo, Emma Busch, Chad Thacher and Bree Nieder.

It’ll be the bees knees!

Come by the Family Fun Tent next Thursday night, Aug. 2, at the Washington Town and Country Fair and hear lots of stories read from 5-6:30 p.m.