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2015 Newbery Winners

Yes, we know that they were announced last January, but we finally have reviews in our database for all the 2015  Newbery books.  (Hey, it was a busy year here at Compass Book Ratings!) The selections were an unconventional lot, but our reviewer loved them all.  So, while you are waiting for the announcement of the 2016 Newbery later this month, you can read up on last year’s winners.

2015 Newbery Winner

The Crossover, Book CoverThe Crossover by Kwame Alexander

This book is technically in verse, but you won’t notice.  A great guy read with an engaging plot, this novel has won other awards like the Coretta Scott King Award.  Check out the full review in our database.


2015 Newbery Honor Books

El Deafo by Cece BellEl Deafo, Book Cover

This book is a graphic novel the looks at what it means to have a hearing disability.




Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline WoodsonBrown Girl Dreaming, Book Cover

This is another book in verse that has received multiple awards.  It is also non-fiction; the story of the author’s childhood and what it was like to grow up during the civil rights movement.



An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!

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