Archive | Book Buzz RSS feed for this section
Little girl makeing a face...kids with problems

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 […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →
Tempus Blog Tour Banner

How to Get a Book Published by Holly Lauren, Author of Tempus

 Now that my first published novel is out and about (the most terrifying and awesome feeling ever), folks are getting curious. How long did it take you to write it? (1 year to write, 1 year to edit) Where did you get the idea? (A dream) Where did you find the time? (Time isn’t change […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →
Graphic Image of Clapboard

5 Perfectly Good Books that Hollywood Ruined…and 5 Books Hollywood Got Right

It seems that Hollywood’s favorite scripts these days are all comic books or books.  Hollywood loves an already established audience and fan base so it has been producing movie versions of books, particularly middle grade and young adult novels, right and left.  With the Oscars just around the corner, it only seemed right to re-visit […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →
Newbery Winner Seal

Nominations for 2014 Newbery and Printz Awards

Yes, we do know that the Newbery and Printz Awards are not open to random nominations by book websites, but with the official announcements just around the corner, we couldn’t resist putting on the table a couple of titles we think are worthy to win in 2014.  Compass Book Ratings isn’t predicting they will win […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →
Over 1,000 Book Reviews Posted

1000th Book Review Posted!

With the posting of the book review and content analysis of Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan (Fabulous book!–and you can quote us on that), Compass Book Ratings now has 1,000 book reviews in our database.  We fired-up the website on March 19, 2012 with 228 reviews from our predecessor site, Squeaky Clean Reads.  […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →
900 Book Reviews Posted at Compass Book Ratings

900th Book Review Posted!

With the posting of the book review and content analysis of The Darkest Path by Jeff Hirsch, Compass Book Ratings now has 900 books 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 fabulous reviewers we have added 672 book […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →
Girl Student in Classroom

Memorable and Famous Teachers from Literature

The Best and Worst Teachers Back to School Realities Ah, it is that time of year when students head back to the classroom and nothing is more stressful that the question, “Who is my teacher?”  Students brace themselves as they look at their school schedule to see if they received the dreaded Mrs. Smith for […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →
Picture of summer beach items

Best Beach Reads for Summer 2013

Let the rejoicing begin…school is out and summer is finally here!  Road trips, ice cream, the 4th of July, swimming, lazy summer days with not a scrap of homework in sight, and of course, the beach–all the great things we love about summer.  So if you are fortunate enough to be headed to the beach […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →
Over 800 Book Reviews Posted (image)

800th Book Review Posted!

With the posting of the book review and content analysis of Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein, Compass Book Ratings now has 800 books 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 fabulous reviewers we have added 572 book […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →
Picture of highway, with trees on the side of the road

Great Audiobook Picks for the Summer Family Road Trip 2013!

Best Audiobooks for Family Road Trip A family road trip is supposed to be a bonding experience and a shared reading experience (think cross-generational Harry Potter appeal) can make books that much richer.  When you hit about mile 300 and it is a time for a change, an audiobook that everyone can enjoy is just […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →