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For a book whose major plot catalyst is suicide, this was a remarkably and expectedly positive reading experience. This book orbits around the question of what would one's life look like if they made…
Alan Gratz is becoming "the guy" for middle grade historical fiction on tough topics. Refugee has received many accolades--all of which it deserves. It is a raw, unfiltered look at the immigrant exp…
Initially published in 1937 and awarded with a Newbery Honor in 1938, Bright Island is a classic coming-of-age story that holds up wonderfully to this day. The plot is simple enough, with no major sur…
The Civil War is notorious for the sheer number of Americans killed in the conflict. Many stories have been told of the men killed in battle, but it is less common to read about the other side of the …
Not a disappointment in the bunch! Overall, a big thumbs up for the 2020 Newbery Books. In some ways, it seems like the #weneeddiversebooks call from a few years ago is finally coming of age and bei…
Born a Crime may be the quintessential memoir: the format, the timeline structure, the mix of personal with cultural observations were all perfectly interlaced.  This is not a biography; it …
2019? It is 2020. We know. We have just been a bit behind. We do like to have reviews in our database for Newbery Books because they stay continuously in print. So, while you are waiting for the …
The Cardboard Kingdom is a story about the summer vacation of the kids in a neighborhood. The children spend their days playing in a fantasy world of their own devising, using props made from var…
There is much to be learned from an orphan named Boy.  The people who love him have all died.  Mean people fear him because he's different, but little do they know what he's capable of. …
Yes, it is almost the end of 2018 so we are a bit behind the times here at Compass Book Ratings.  However, we remain committed to having reviews in our database for Newbery Winner and Honor Books.  Th…
'Tis the time of year when there are book awards being announced at every turn.  One award that Compass Book Ratings always submits nominations to is the Cybils Awards.  This year two of our nominatio…
It is that time again when the American Library Association makes their annual selections for the past year's outstanding  contributions to children's literature.  For the most part, we think they cho…
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