The characters in this month’s Book Buzz Books met challenges with grit, and young readers reacted to their stories with gusto, sending some wonderfully written reviews to the hive. March down the page and see what they had to say.
Until next month, “Page On!”
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“Tinyville Town Gets to Work,” by Brian Biggs.
Reviewed by Natalie Honzalek, second grade, Clearview Elementary School.
“You should read this book. It’s a funny book. One day Mayor Murphy was waiting for the bus to come, but the bus was late. It was late because there was traffic on the bridge.
“My favorite part was when Mayor Murphy just figured out the bus was late.
“I recommend this book to anyone who who likes ‘Tinyville Town Gets to Work.’ I hope you like this book.”
Reviewed by Ava Fisher, second grade, Clearview Elementary School.
“’Tinyville Town’ is a good book. The people and the mayor wanted a new bridge because the bus, the donut man and the trash truck were late because of the bridge.
“My favorite part of the book is when they build the bridge. You will love this book if you like to play with tiny people. I hope you like this book too.”
Reviewed by Eli Lamsik, second grade, Clearview Elementary School.
“Dear reader, I hope you like ‘Tinyville Town.’ It’s about a little town that had a really big traffic jam and said we need a new bridge.
“My favorite part is the big traffic jam. I recommend this book to you because it’s really good. You have to read it.”
Reviewed by Drew Straatmann, second grade, Clearview Elementary School.
“I hope you like what I wrote about this book. In Tinyville Town everyone had a job to do. But one morning the bus wasn’t at the bus stop. My favorite part is when they built a new bridge. I recommend this book to anyone who likes cities.”
Reviewed by Cole Marks, second grade, Clearview Elementary School.
“Tinyville Town is peaceful, and it’s small, but a lot of people live there. I like how Mayor Murphy wears purple. I recommend this book to people who live in small towns. I hope you will read this book; I liked it.”
Reviewed by Jackson Wallace and Sydnee How, second and third grade, Augusta Elementary School.
“This story happens in the town of Tinyville. In this story the mayor of the town notices the bus is late for the bus stop and everybody is late for their business. The bus was late because there was a traffic jam on the bridge. Read this story to find out how they fix the problem.
“We liked this story because we had a personal connection to the story with our bridge in Washington. We liked when a girl in the town says, ‘No donuts?’ when she discovered the store was closed.”
“This was a short story, but a good story. We would recommend it for first and second graders. We give this book four out of five beehives.”
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“No Truth Without Ruth: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” by Kathleen Krull.
Reviewed by Abby Bernhoester, fourth grade, Augusta Elementary School.
“The main character is Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The most important things in the book were how she always got A+’s but then she came home with an A- and her mother was disappointed. She was disappointed because girls were supposed to be smarter than boys. Another great thing that happened was that Ruth made women and men have equal rights, she won so many cases for it that she became a judge.
“I like how the author described Ruth as a person who did something that was amazing for our country. She didn’t just do something like get married or have kids. She made sure the U.S. had equal rights.
“This book is relatable because if I, or one of my siblings, came home with a bad grade my mother would be disappointed. This book is similar to other books I’ve read because it’s a biography; it gets across the point that Ruth did something that changed women's lives. I give it four out of five beehives.
Reviewed by Neve Hopfensperger, Sam Obermark and Bailie Riegel, third grade, Immanuel Lutheran School.
“This book was inspiring because we got to learn about Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life. She fought for women’s rights. Our favorite part is when she get to be a Supreme Court judge.
“Her mom died of cancer. Then she got straight A’s. She was a person called ‘scary smart.’ She wore her mom’s earrings and her pin when she went to her Supreme Court meetings.
“She was the second woman on the Supreme Court. She married Martin. President Bill Clinton announced Ruth’s nomination to the highest court of all.
“We give this book five out of five beehives because it was interesting.”
Reviewed by Deanna Delleart, Serenity Enloe and Zachary Zingrich, third grade, Immanuel Lutheran School.
“This book is about Ruth B. Ginsburg fighting for women’s rights. We think you should read this book because Ruth fought for women’s rights and equality for all.
“Ruth was a teacher at a law school. Ruth met Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. We give this book 10 stars because it was very interesting.”
Reviewed by Aurora Hilkerbaumer, Natalie Vogel and Abby Weidmayer, third grade, Immanuel Lutheran School.
“We like this story because Ruth fought for rights for women. If Ruth hadn’t stepped up for the right thing, then women wouldn’t have the same rights as men. Also if she didn’t fight, the women wouldn’t be able to show their smarts.
“Ruth had a hard life because women didn’t have the same rights as men. Also when she was a girl her mother tried to teach her almost everything she needed to know. And her mother expected good grades out of her.
“Later, her mother died from cancer. When Ruth was older she went to college. After college she went to law school to become a lawyer. She had her first case and she won. Then Bill Clinton made her the second woman on the Supreme Court. She won many cases and always wore her mom’s earrings and pin.
“I recommend this book to people who like history, stories of bravery and reading. We give this book four to five stars.”
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“The Secret of Nightingale Wood,” by Lucy Strange.
Reviewed by Emmett Bellows, fifth grade, Immaculate Conception School.
“This book is about a girl named Henry who just moved to a new house. Her mother is sick; her father left the area for work; and so she is left alone at the new house with Nanny Jane and Henry’s baby sister.
“One day she realizes that her family is getting torn apart by a doctor. Henry looks into the woods and sees a fire and smells smoke. What she found there will change how the world works in her life.
“My favorite part of this story is when Henry rescues her mother. This was a very interesting book, and it left me on edge. What I really like about it were all the cliffhangers.”
Reviewed by Abby Weidmayer, third grade, Immanuel Lutheran School.
“This is the story of bravery. Henrietta’s nickname is Henry, and her mother is very sick. The doctor taking care of her is giving her pills that make her mother fall asleep. His name is Dr. Hardy.
“Dr. Hardy thinks Henry’s mother is mad. Henry has a baby sister, Roberta, nicknamed Piglet. The doctor’s wife, Mrs. Hardy, takes her away. That night Henry sees a light in Nightingale Wood. She gets up and goes into the woods. She finds out that the light is a fire!
“Sitting by the fire is a woman. Henry passes out and the woman picks her up. The woman puts out the fire. Henry wakes up and the woman calls herself Moth.
“Meanwhile Dr. Hardy wants to take Henry’s mother to Helldon, a hospital for people with mental problems. Henry comes back to her house to find her mother gone. Her Nanny Jane tells Henry that her mother went to Helldon. Also her father had to leave on business.
“Finally Henry works up her nerve. She goes to Dr. and Mrs. Hardy’s house. She goes with Moth and takes back Piglet. Then she goes to Helldon to get back Mama. She goes in her room; Moth stays outside. Henry gets her but comes back outside to find Dr. Hardy waiting for her.
“To tell more of the story would give it away. I really like this book. It inspired me to be brave and stand up for what is right. I think Lucy Strange is a great author. I recommend this book to all who like mysteries and great stories.”