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Compass Book Ratings provides content analysis for the following areas:

  • Profanity/Language
  • Violence/Gore
  • Sex/Nudity

These three areas are rated on a scale of  0 to 10+.  A rating of 0 would indicate no content present.  10+ would represent frequent and/or explicit content.  As the + indicates, there is no upper limit on the amount of content.

NUMERICAL CONTENT RATINGS: Books with the same numerical rating in a category do not indicate identical content–just similar content in terms of either quantity and/or degree.

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AGE RATING: The recommended age is an important part of the content analysis. Be sure to look at it.

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Effort has been made to standardize the review process, but it is still an approximation so please view the scores as an estimation.  We will do the best we can!

To  understand the terms used in the profanity/language category go to our Language Lexicon.

Content reviews also note:

  • Mature themes
  • Drug/alcohol use

Beginning February 1, 2012 a formalized content review process was instituted to provide more consistent results and to allow site users to tailor their book searches to more closely match their needs.  Also, layout of the website was re-designed to allow for improved querying capabilities and posting reviews.

In addition, Compass Book Ratings provides an overall, starred, literary review that is independent of the content review.  There is content and there is great writing and the two are not necessarily correlated!

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Please note that reviews dated prior to February 1, 2012 came from and had a more informal content review process. Those reviews have been added to our database because they have a lot of great content information, but their format will look different and there may be wider variation in those reviews.
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On May 15, 2014 Compass Book Ratings acquired Many reviews were acquired from and these reviews were not completed using Compass Book Ratings’ standardized checklist. Nevertheless, the reviews contain useful content information which is included. The overall content number ratings have been approximated based on this information. Because did not provide age recommendations or overall star ratings, we had to assign those. When one of our book reviewers was familiar with a title, then their star rating and age recommendation was used. If it was a title unfamiliar to our team, then the star rating was assigned as a 4; age recommendations were then assigned after considering reading level, book length, age of protagonists, themes, and other factors. Some of these overall reviews may have spoilers.
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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