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Compass Book Ratings Acquires

Clean Teen Reads LogoOn May 15, 2014 Compass Book Ratings was pleased to acquire has been providing book reviews with content information since 2008 and at the time of the acquisition had reviewed almost 200 books for tweens and teens.

A Brief History of was founded by Alison in 2008.  Being an avid reader, she volunteered for many years at the local Juvenile Justice Services facility, working weekly with the juvenile offenders to improve their reading. This work led her to expand her young adult reading to include all genres, reading levels, and types of books because like other teens, the young adults she worked with had diverse interests and a wide range of reading abilities.

As she looked for books to interest these teens, she was often frustrated that she couldn’t tell from most reviews whether a book had material that might be objectionable, so she had to establish a policy that she don’t bring a book to the teens unless she’d at least skimmed it.  Surely, she thought, parents and other adults—and teens and tweens too—must share this frustration, so the idea of a website for teen books was born.

Alison holds a master’s degree in English from Brigham Young University where she taught writing for 23 years in the Honors Program, the English Department, and at the Law School. For her church, she has been serving as the president of the women’s organization since 2012.

Moving On

Alison is moving on to new adventures and projects, specifically teaching English at a university in China, and was looking for a good home for her reviews and domain name.  Compass Book Ratings is pleased to provide that home and welcome users to our family.  We will be adapting many of the reviews to our rating system and they will be available in our searchable database.  Check back later this month to see those reviews.

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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