Congrats to the students in Union town for writing some stellar reviews. Talk about making Newsbee’s day! Over the holiday break, here’s hoping lots of young readers will check out my Book Buzz Picks at Washington Public Library or Scenic Regional Library and send a review to the hive. Page On!


By Juan Felipe Herrera.

Reviewed by Corbin Schell, second grade, Immaculate Conception School.

“I think it is nice to imagine the fun and good times like in the book ‘Imagine.’ The story makes you think about how hard it is to move to a different city and to a different school. I would tell others to read this book.”

“The Day You Begin”

By Jacqueline Woodson

Reviewed by Mrs. Julius’s third-grade gifted class, Central Elementary School.

“This book is fiction and mainly takes place in school. The author wants you to realize no one is exactly the same as you and that’s OK. She wants you to be brave and introduce yourself to people and make friends.

“The main character, Angelina, did not go anywhere for summer vacation and she feels left out when other students tell about their adventures. Rigoberto is a new student who is made fun of because of the way he speaks.

“The author touched upon many things we can be made fun of about: handwriting, culture, our name, how we speak, things we aren’t good at, mistakes we make, food we eat, the color of our skin or hair and even our clothing.

“Our class really enjoyed the illustrations in the book. We also made several connections in the book to our lives. We really enjoyed this book and would recommend it for ages 6 and up. We give it 4.5 out of five beehives.”

“Front Desk”

By Kelly Yang

Reviewed by Olivia Heide, fourth grade, Immaculate Conception School.

“Mia and her family moved from China to California. Mia’s mom was looking for a job, and she found one at a motel. Mia’s family had to live in the motel in case there was an emergency.

“Mia’s mom and dad cleaned the rooms; Mia’s job was to work at the front desk. When Mia was working there a drunk man came in and grabbed Mia’s shirt. Hank, a man who lived at the motel was Mia’s friend, and he saved her from the man.

“I really enjoyed this book because Mia’s character was so kind.”


Reviews from the following students can be read online at Chloe Barnhart, Danny Zweifel, Shaun Bolzenius and Kemper Getman.


Newsbee will be accepting reviews on “Forever or a Day,” “Good Rosie” and “Louisiana’s Way Home” until Jan. 15. Reviews can be emailed to or mailed to The Missourian, 14 W. Main St., Washington, MO. 63090.