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Rock On! Awesome Books About Music

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Let's face it, a good book has a lot of elements and themes.  Recently we noticed that there are some fantastic books in our database that all have one thing in common:  music.  In the following book recommendations, music is a major part of the character's life, the setting, and/or sometimes the plot.  Most of the books below are young ...
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Compass Book Ratings Celebrates Its 3rd Birthday

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It is true!  Compass Book Ratings went live on March 19, 2012 with 228 reviews.  We have come so far! By the numbers: 3 – Number of years we have been posting free content reviews 1700 – The approximate number of book and content reviews in our database. A Bazillion – The hours of content reviewing provided by our generous …

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Interview: Maggie Hall, Author of The Conspiracy of Us

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The Penguin Teen On Tour authors came to California this week. Maggie Hall, author of The Conspiracy of Us, was gracious enough to give Compass Book Ratings a few minutes of her time for a quick author interview CBR: You are well-traveled, do you speak a foreign language? Maggie: I speak both Spanish and Italian passable. I speak conversational Spanish …

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Interview: Jessica Khoury, Author of Orgins, Vitro, and Kalahari

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The Penguin Teen On Tour authors came to California this week. Jessica Khoury, author of Kalahari, was gracious enough to give Compass Book Ratings a few minutes of her time for a quick author interview in a room that felt a little bit like a glorified closet, but she was a sport. CBR: What was the source of inspiration for …

Compass Book Ratings’ Nominee Wins Cybils Award

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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 see our other nominations and …

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Romantic Read Recommendations For Young Adults and Adults

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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 mix and mash-up and it …

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Children and Young Adult Book Awards by State

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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 of the awards are actually …

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The Best Book Covers! Our Favorite Picks for 2014

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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 looks like the young adult …

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1500th Book Review Posted!

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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 1272 book reviews with rated …

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Back to School Books!

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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? What is this country coming …