Newsbee doesn’t mind it when the bitty bees at the hive ask questions about this and that — how do hummingbirds hum, and what seeds travel the farthest in the wind? They’re just trying to figure things out, and have “Inquisitive Minds,” like the characters in his October Picks, who forge ahead, asking why, growing in knowledge and making contributions along the way. Page On! Enjoy!

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Magnifying glass in hand, a girl explores the wild places around her home. She grows passionate about the natural world. “Spring After Spring: How Rachel Carson Inspired the Environmental Movement,” is an appealingly written, winsomely illustrated book by Stephanie Roth Sisson.

Though spring was Carson’s favorite time of year, she relished all seasons and found joy in nature. She was most happy outdoors, and filled notebooks with her observations. When it was time for her to go to college “she wanted to be a writer until . . . ”

A microscope entered the picture; Carson was entranced at the “tiny plants and animals” she saw in a drop of water. The ocean provided additional wonder and influenced her to study biology. But soon Carson noticed things changing; birds and animals weren’t as plentiful as they had once been.

Carson didn’t let this concern slip by her — she researched what was happening and wrote “Silent Spring,” a nonfiction book about how chemicals disrupt the life cycle of plants and animals. It’s a masterpiece as relevant today as when it was published in 1962.

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Emotions run high when reading the hair-raising, page-turner, “Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere,” by Barb Rosenstock.

Life under the sea had great appeal to Otis and Will, and the adventurers longed to explore the ocean’s depths. Both continually wondered, “What did the deep ocean look like?” The men’s lives intertwined, and they joined forces to invent a “diving tank” that would allow them to go deeper into the sea than any person had ever reached.

They named their creation the Bathysphere, but some believed it was a death trap. Only the size of a closet, the men were squashed inside the 400-pound tank – the opening was bolted shut and they were dropped into the ocean with a splash.

Detailed illustrations by Katherine Roy take readers through Otis and Will’s journey as they drop 100 feet, 200 feet, 300 feet and more, tension building as the dark ocean closes around them. An author’s note at the end of the book shows actual pictures of the Bathysphere and that fateful day in 1930 when the men made history and their dreams came true.

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Ellie, a middle-schooler, thinks life in general is stagnant — nothing really excites her, other than in the science room, where experiments can take off in any direction as data and observations lead to hypotheses.

Readers will welcome Ellie back in “The Third Mushroom,” a sequel to Jennifer Holmes’ “The Thirteenth Goldfish,” a previous Book Buzz Pick. In that entertaining book, Ellie’s grandfather Melvin became the guinea pig in an experiment that reversed aging, promptly putting the senior in the body of an adolescent with a ravenous appetite and spunk aplenty.

In Holmes’ new book, Melvin has returned to live with Ellie and her family. She has a stepdad who’s like a favorite uncle to her, and a loving teacher-mom, busy directing a Shakespearean play.

When Grandpa Melvin partners with Ellie on her science project, the outcome leads to some wacky results. With puberty in full swing, and boyfriend and pet issues overlaid with Melvin madness, readers can expect both angst and hilarity in this follow-up featuring a plucky, science-loving student who has her heart in the right place.