With the solar eclipse fresh in our memories, there’s no better time to share some Book Buzz reviews on Newsbee’s July Picks. The theme that month was “All Eyes on the Sky,” and ours were certainly focused on the heavens on Monday—and what a show it was. Until next month, Page On!

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“The Darkest Dark,” by Chris Hadfield.

Reviewed by Aloisio Rodrigues, second grade, Immaculate Conception School.

“This book took place in a house in Canada. The purpose of the book is to show that no matter what your dreams are that they can come true if you work hard.

“The book is about the author Chris as a young boy who dreams about being an astronaut and seeing space. The author did get his point across. The best part of the book was showing that the little boy is a real person who really became an astronaut.

“I am like the little boy because of my imagination. I have read other books about following your dreams. Anyone who dreams about being an astronaut would enjoy this book. I give it five out of five beehives.”

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“Armstrong,” by Korbin Kuhlmann.

Reviewed by Ava Cobb, age 9, Crosspoint Christian School.

“I think Armstrong has big dreams. He wanted to prove that the moon was not made out of cheese because the other mice thought that it was. So he set out to prove that it was not. Will he make it? Duh, duh, duh, duh!

“Armstrong is smart because he made a rocket from scratch. I wonder if I could make a rocket?

“I think everyone should read this book because you will like the pictures. Be sure and look for the old mouse. He looks funny!

Reviewed by Adeleide Rodrigues, kindergarten, (relayed to her mother who typed it.)

“This book is part history/ adventure, set in an old inventors attic. This book teaches us to keep trying.

“It’s about an adventure to the moon. The other mice thought the moon was made of cheese. Armstrong thought the moon was made up of rock. He found a way to make a rocket.

“I liked the way the story was written. The writer showed us to keep trying even after we fail. My favorite part was when he used a telescope.

“I am like a mouse because I like cheese. This book is not like other books I've read. I think 4th graders would like this book or anyone who likes animals. I give this book three out of five beehives.”

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“Superstar,” by Mandy Davis.

Reviewed by Emma Thomas, seventh grade, Union Middle School.

“Lester, a 10-year-old with autism, loves science. He lives in Quarry, Ind., with his mom. His dad, an astronaut, died while on a mission. Lester was homeschooled until his mom had to take a job at the local library. Now, he has to go to Quarry Elementary.

“Before starting school, Lester meets a boy his age named Ricky at the library. Ricky calls Lester ‘Mouse Boy’ and ‘baby’ because of the book he is reading. When he starts school, he learns that Ricky is in his class.

“Ricky and his friend Connor begin bullying Lester. Another student in Lester’s class, Michael Z., also was bullied by Ricky until Ricky discovered Michael was a fast runner. Michael Z. tells Lester to find something he is really good at so Ricky will leave him alone.

“Not everything about Quarry Elementary was bad though. Lester also met Abby. She used her designing talents to help Lester feel better about himself. Abby also let him know about the school science fair, which was right up his alley.

If you want to know more about Lester, how he handled his situation, and how he got used to his new school, read “Superstar” which I gave four out of five beehives.