The Day You Begin

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 or Scenic Regional Library and send a review to the hive. Page On!

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“Imagine,” 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.”

Reviewed by Danny Zweifel, second grade, Immaculate Conception School.

“I think this book is fun to think about because his dad is in the army. He walks from home to the city. It is also hard to move to a different school. I would recommend this book to others to read.”

Reviewed by Shaun Bolzenius, second grade, Immanuel Conception School.

“I think ‘Imagine’ is a good book because it is a really good book and story. My favorite is when he said, ‘Adios.’ I would recommend this book to others to read.”

Reviewed by Kemper Getman, second grade, Immaculate Conception School.

“The book ‘Imagine’ is about how to believe in yourself and follow your heart and to imagine. This is a book I want you to read.”

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“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 okay. She wants you to be brave and introduce yourself to people 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 six and up. We give it 4.5 out of five beehives.”

Reviewed by Chloe Barnhart, fourth grade, Immaculate Conception School.

“This book is about some kids who are different than others. A boy gets laughed at because of his name and where he is from. A girl feels sad because no one knows what her lunch is, not even her best friend.

“A boy is sad because he can’t really play, but then the boy and girl have something in common. Then they become friends.

“I loved this book because I usually like books like this. It is really good.”

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“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.”

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 Street, Washington, MO. 63090.