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2016 Cybils Award Winners

‘Tis the time of year when there are book awards being announced at every turn.  One award that Compass Book Ratings always submits nominations to is the Cybils Awards.  This year two of our nominations made the final round and one of those finalist won for its category!  (Wahoo! Yes, Compass Book Ratings’ reviewers know how to pick them!)  Here are the books we gave a shout out to.

Finalist Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novel

The Nameless City, Book Cover

The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks and Jordie Bellaire

CBR Reviewer MaryLou wrote, “This may be great novel for reluctant readers because much of the story is told through the pictorials. The art is fun and packed with colorful panels, most pages having an upwards of 6 frames. Another appealing factor is its semblance to the popular Avatar: The Last Airbender series.”  Click on the book cover image to go to our review.

Winner of the Young Adult Fiction Category

Salt to the Sea, Book Cover

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Ms. Sepetys is a great author who has yet to disappoint.  This is World War II historical fiction.  This is a very competitive category so it is exciting that our nominee won!  Click on the book cover image to go to our review.



To see all of the Cybils Award Winners, visit their Cybils Awards 2016.


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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