Spot on reviews — that’s what Newsbee received this month. Thanks to all who offered their take on my book suggestions, and to the teachers, librarians and parents who continue to encourage young people to participate in Book Buzz. Reading and writing rocks, at the hive and bee-yond! Page On!

“The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet”

By Carmen Agra Deedy.

Reviewed by Joseph Zagarri, third grade, St. Gertrude School.

This book is about a small village that was usually noisy. The people sang songs 24-7! It was hard to hear, sleep or even think. So the people of the town fired the mayor.

Don Pepe wanted to be the new mayor. He did not like noise. Don started putting up signs to be quiet, even no singing (was allowed). Some people left the village to go sing loudly.

After seven years passed in this little quiet town, a rooster wandered into the village and roosted in a mango tree. He sang his song! Kee-kee-ree-kee! The mayor ordered him to stop and tried to make him leave. The rooster kept singing and the mayor left town! The small village became noisy again, just how the people liked it.

I recommend this book with colorful pictures to kids who like to be noisy!

“Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing”

By Kay A. Haring.

Reviewed by Morgan Krimmel, third grade, Immaculate Conception School.

When Keith was young, his dad taught him how to draw. When he was older he drew with music beating loud. His mom had to yell to get his attention. When he was about 20, Keith marked and drew on everything. He drew with kids and on buildings.

I recommend this book to my sister and my best friend, Cecilia because they both love to draw, and they both are good at drawing too. I could see them becoming artists.

I love this book because Keith Haring had a dream, and he didn’t give up.


By Jason Reynolds.

Reviewed by Emma Thomas, sixth grade, Clark-Vitt Elementary School.

This book is about a seventh-grade boy, Castle Cranshaw (a.k.a. Ghost), who has a father in jail and financial problems. One day, Ghost sits on a bench watching a track practice. While he is there, the coach tells Ghost to leave, but that before he can leave, he has to run. Ghost runs pretty fast, faster than any of the other kids. He ends up joining the track team.

During the story, Ghost deals with being bullied by a classmate and ends up getting in trouble for stealing a pair of shoes. By being part of the track team, he realizes he cannot run away from his past or himself.

This is a good book for fourth- to eighth-graders because it connects to some of the problems kids face at school and at home today. I give “Ghost” five out of five beehives.