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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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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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Summer Reading List 2014

Recommended Books for Middle Grade Readers Ah, summer, sweet summer!  Just because you are tossing the textbooks and homework, doesn’t mean that there won’t be reading on the hammock or at the beach.  (Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater!)  If your library is launching its annual summer reading program, then we have a […]

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Reviews Adapted From Are Now Part of the Searchable Database

Almost 100 New Reviews Now Available! On May 15, 2014 Compass Book Ratings acquired  Many reviews were acquired from and these reviews were not completed using Compass Book Ratings’ standardized checklist. Nevertheless, the reviews contain useful content information which is included.  The overall content number ratings have been approximated based on this information.  […]

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Compass Book Ratings Acquires

On May 15, 2014 Compass Book Ratings was pleased to acquire has been providing book reviews with content information since 2008 and at the time of the acquisition had reviewed almost 200 books for tweens and teens. A Brief History of was founded by Alison in 2008.  Being an avid reader, […]

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Best Audiobooks for Family Road Trip: Summer 2014

Yes, it is time again for a family road trip and we once again have recommendations for best audiobooks based on our personal listening experience.  All of the below recommendations are family-friendly with a rating of 5 or less in all content categories.  (Click on the book’s title to see the full content review for […]

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Best Middle Grade Books About Kids With Challenges

Sometime it is just tough to be a kid… Every kid has tough times, but some children have extra, real-life problems to deal with on top of the everyday stuff.  Whether it be a disability or homelessness, the challenges can be real and feel overwhelming.  Here are some of our recommendations for middle grade readers […]

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