Newsbee’s Book Buzz characters this month are a wonder — all have a can-do attitude and display courage in the face of opposition. You’re sure to enjoy meeting a rooster that refuses to have his voice silenced, an artist who pushes past the norm to develop his own style, and a street-wise athlete who runs circles around others, despite having a couple of strikes against him.

March on “Strong Characters!”

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Raucous crowing can annoy you if it breaks the silence pre-dawn, but the tough bird in “The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!” crows for the greater good in an inspirational book by Carmen Agra Deedy.

The village of La Paz used to be a “very noisy place.” People couldn’t hear themselves think so a drastic measure was taken — the mayor was fired. Wanting an abrupt change, the people held an election and Don Pepe, who advocated silence, took office. Overnight, La Paz became as “silent as a tomb … even the teakettles were afraid to whistle.”

For seven years you could hear a pin drop in the village, until a “saucy gallito and his family” arrived. The rooster took up residence in a tree under Pepe’s window and let fly with a “Kee-kee-ree-KEE!” The mayor bolted to the window, fire erupting from his eyes.

So begins a battle of wills in which the foolhardy mayor attacks the rooster with threats and bodily harm — all to no avail in a book that reminds us to stay strong and band together when we believe in a cause. Bright, colorful paintings by Eugene Yelchin add just the right touch to this meaningful book.

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“Keith Haring, the Boy Who Just Kept Drawing,” by his sister Kay Haring, highlights the life of an artist who lived his dream in the most unusual of ways, developing a technique that was all his own.

From little on, Keith doodled and drew on slips of paper, and eventually on any surface or object he could use to express himself. When Haring was 20, he moved to New York City, and “started to draw all over the city — on walls, on sidewalks, and on paper that hung on lampposts,” and on subway walls throughout NYC.

Harding’s passion in life was the joy he drew from tapping into the wellspring of talent he possessed, and in sharing his creativity with others. The artist became known throughout the world, and is remembered for his unique contribution to the arts.

Lush, energetic illustrations by Robert Neubecker do Haring’s life story proud, and a pictorial index in the back of the book helps readers define actual works of art Harding created.

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A teen faces tough challenges in “Ghost,” a National Book Award Finalist by Jason Reynolds, a talented writer who churns out thought-provoking, socially conscious titles.

Castle Cranshawl, otherwise known as Ghost, is a complex young man. He badly wants to fit in, but being born on the wrong side of the tracks has the cards stacked against him — that and the fact that he’s the son of an abusive, alcoholic father, an African-American man serving prison time.

The last thing Ghost wants is to be a chip off the old block, but that seems to be where he’s headed as he struggles to avoid fights with bullies and maintain his grades when he’s often bored with course study.

Ghost’s salvation comes when Coach Brody, the school’s track coach, notices Ghost’s gift for running. He’s fast — yet he’s not a team player — regardless, the coach doesn’t give up on him.

With the support of his mother, a tough cookie but a loving presence, and help from his coach, Ghost might just have a bright future ahead of him in a book that mixes humor with humanitarianism.