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Cindy M
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!
Alan Gratz is becoming "the guy" for middle grade historical fiction on tough topics. Refugee has received many accolades--all of which it deserves. It is a raw, unfiltered look at the immigrant exp…
Finally!  A book that cannot be put down!  It has definitely been a while--so long in fact that I had forgotten what it was like to procrastinate everything in my life all for the sake of an…
Jerry Spinelli is the author of the beloved Stargirl, and thus, this book comes packed with high expectations.  This coming-of-age story has a contemporary setting, but there is an element o…
If you are looking for a hands-on, practical approach to habits, then this is the book for you.  This books is not science-y, like The Power of Habit, and that is articulated from the get-go…
Six Crimson Cranes is by far one of the best fairy tale adaptations I have encountered in quite some time.  That is perhaps because it is more of a "inspired by" and "mashed together with" i…
The last year and a bit has been different--to say the least. But at least one can always count on a good read to make everything better. So, here is a personally curated, eclectic list of ten of ou…
Hopefully Summer 2021 will be awesome. Here are a half a dozen fantastic reads we thought should be on your summer reading list. These books have a content level of 5 or less in all three categories…
Summer 2020 was not quite what we all hoped for, but the summer of 2021 is showing promise--especially for the road trip. Assembling this year's list, there seems to be an unconscious bias for escapis…
Bloodsworn is the conclusion in the Ashlords duology and oh, so satisfying it is.  Where the first book set up the conflict, this book dives deep into the conflict, and the fantasy world exp…
Compass Book Ratings brings you our annual, hand-picked book gifting recommendations broken out by demographic. In the past, we have split the middle grade recommendations by boy and girl, but this y…
Terry Pratchett is a prolific genius, and if you have yet to discover him, then The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents is an excellent place to start.  The dry humor in this novel…
All I Want for Christmas is a short, young adult romance.  It is pure escapist fiction and heaven knows we certainly need that more than ever for Christmas 2020.  It is firmly set in th…