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Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky has been on my reading list for a while.  The first encounter with this book is a little confusing as at the top of the cover in gold letters it says…
Born a Crime may be the quintessential memoir: the format, the timeline structure, the mix of personal with cultural observations were all perfectly interlaced.  This is not a biography; it …
2019? It is 2020. We know. We have just been a bit behind. We do like to have reviews in our database for Newbery Books because they stay continuously in print. So, while you are waiting for the …
The Dragonslayer brings Latin American folktales to life in graphic novel format. The three stories that were chosen for this collection are likely to be unfamiliar to readers in the United States or …
The Cardboard Kingdom is a story about the summer vacation of the kids in a neighborhood. The children spend their days playing in a fantasy world of their own devising, using props made from var…
Elana Arnold has crafted a fantasy masterpiece that is so enthralling it almost has to be read in one sitting. One should expect to be thinking about the ethical and moral issues the story raises for …
There is much to be learned from an orphan named Boy.  The people who love him have all died.  Mean people fear him because he's different, but little do they know what he's capable of. …
Yes, it is almost the end of 2018 so we are a bit behind the times here at Compass Book Ratings.  However, we remain committed to having reviews in our database for Newbery Winner and Honor Books.  Th…
The Fresh Cut is a 2018 Newbery Honor Book.  It is a picture book, with vivid illustrations in bold colors that feel joyful; the visual focus of the illustrations is faces and individuals.  The prose …
Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kennedy is the 2018 Newbery Award Winner.  With a contemporary setting, its story covers only a couple of days and switches viewpoint amongst the minor and major charac…
Thirteen year old Ghost, as he likes to be called, has been dealt a rough hand when it comes to his life. With his father in jail for shooting at him and his mom, they are barely making ends meet. Gho…
Educated: A Memoir is an unforgettable book. This eventful autobiography details the upbringing of Tara Westover, the youngest of seven kids brought up by Mormon fundamentalists in rural Idaho. W…