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Compass Book Ratings’ Nominee Wins Cybils Award

On February 14, 2015 the Cybils announced their 2014 winners.  Compass Book Ratings had nominated several titles–three of which made the finalist round.  We were thrilled to see that our nomination, The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming,was the winner of the Non-fiction for Young Adults Category. To […]

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Romantic Read Recommendations For Young Adults and Adults

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, thoughts turn to romance (or maybe the lack thereof).  Yes, there is a romance section in the library and some romances are 100% that–complete with the standard cover. (We all know what they look like.)  However, many books are not a single genre these days, but rather a […]

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Compass Book Ratings’ Nominees Make Finalist Round for Cybil Awards

So what is the Cybils award?  It is an award for children and young adult literature.  Books are nominated by category by book reviewers and bloggers.  Judges narrow the nominees down in the first round of judging and then select a winner in each category in the final round of judging.  “This book award was […]

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Children and Young Adult Book Awards by State

Reader Choice Awards Do you know the award for your state? Award-winning! Who doesn’t love awards, especially awards for books?  Every state in the Union has at least one award devoted to books for young, school-aged readers. The awards vary by name, age category, eligible books, and who can nominate titles. However, a good number […]

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The Best Book Covers! Our Favorite Picks for 2014

Some Book Covers Are Pure Eye-Candy! You can’t judge a book by its cover, but wow, some covers take our breath away.  I asked our reviewers to pick some of their favorite book covers for books published in 2014 and tell why they adored them.  Sometimes they just had to choose more than one!  It […]

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Best Audiobooks for Family Road Trip: Winter Holiday Edition 2014

Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s House we go… Yes, it is that time of year when the family piles in the car to trek to visit family and friends for the holidays. Nothing says family togetherness quite like being stuck in holiday traffic or in a snow storm. With that in […]

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1500th Book Review Posted!

With the posting of the book review and content analysis of Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall, Compass Book Ratings now has 1,500 book reviews in our database.  We fired-up the website on March 19, 2012 with 228 reviews from our predecessor site, Squeaky Clean Reads.  Thanks to some hard-working reviewers we have added […]

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Back to School Books!

Recommended Middle Grade Books About School It is August and the kids are heading back to school. Wait, do you notice anything wrong with that statement?! The part with August and school in the same sentence? What happened to the good old days when school started after Labor Day and was done by Memorial Day? […]

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Tell Us What You Think!

Please help Compass Book Ratings by completing a survey The first 20 respondents to the survey will receive a free ebook copy of Tempus by Holly Lauren.  Thank you for helping us out! Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world’s leading questionnaire tool.  

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Summer Reading List 2014 – II

Recommended Books for Young Adult Readers Recently, one of my high school sons told me he is pretty sure there is a correlation between required high school reading selections and depression in high school students.  There could be something to that, but the good news is that school is out and you can read what […]

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