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The House of Scorpion by Nancy Farmer deals with some pretty heavy topics.  The turbulence and discrimination dealt to the main character throughout his 14 years is disturbing, yet, he has a…
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second book in the best book series of all time. This is why it received a five-star overall rating. And it is also why you should, if you have not …
When the 2015 Newbery books were announced, Compass Book Ratings did not have a single one in our database.  We have them now, but in January 2015 we were caught a little flat-footed.   However, when …
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…
So what is the Cybils award?  It is an award for children and young adult literature.  Books are nominated by category by book reviewers and bloggers.  Judges narrow the nominees down in the first rou…
The Jericho River: A Novel About The History of Western Civilization has something for everyone. Author David W. Tollen uses his creative prowess to teach history to young adult readers in a most clev…
Are you craving more Gillian Flynn, but have already seen the movies and read all of her books? Me too. So when I saw she had a new book out, I was pretty excited. Unfortunately, this book is only 60 …
Kwame Alexander’s book The Crossover is a totally engaging experience in poetry for young adults.  It is a story about family, basketball, brothers, growing up, heartache, and forg…
Jan's Story by Barry Petersen starts out as a love letter to the author's wife.  It is heart-warming to hear his unabashed adoration for his wife, Jan, who suffers from Early Onset Alzheimer…
Galax-Arena is an intense book. Think Hunger Games, but with aliens and gymnastics-to-the-death.  It is definitely creepy and latches onto your mind so that you might not forget about t…
"I slipped my hand into hers. A strange and unfamiliar feeling ran through me. It felt like the ocean, like sunlight, like horses. Like love. I searched my mind and found the name for it. Joy." The…
Two things I loved about this book right away? That the protagonist, Maggie Lynch used to live in Chicago, and that there is a carnival mentioned in the title. Two things I didn't like as much? The co…