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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.  (Warning:  There might be an occasional spoiler in some of the reviews.  We tried to edit those out when possible.)

One of the additions to our database is one of my all-time favorite books which I have been meaning to review.  Check out Enchantress From the Stars.   I am very excited to have it and some of the other titles as part of our database.  Compass Book Ratings is committed to growing our database and adding these reviews is one way to do that.

Adapting the reviews has been a huge and labor-intensive project, as it had to be done manually.  I have listed the reviewed titles here, but I did not have time to link the reviews.  Instead, use our wonderful database.  Go to SEARCH FOR A BOOK and select SEARCH BY TITLE OR AUTHOR to look at the title you are interested in.

Happy Reading! – Cindy M., Executive Editor
Alice in Wonderland Carroll, Lewis (sci-fi/fantasy)
Back in Time with Thomas Edison Gutman, Dan (sci-fi/fantasy)
Backwords: The Secret Language of Talking Backwards and More Incredible Games, Stunts and Mind-bending Word Fun! Fuhrer, David, and Marvin Silbermintz (how-to)
Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition Heaney, Seamus, translator (Whitbread Award, 1999 poetry)
Book of a Thousand Days Hale, Shannon (sci-fi/fantasy)
The Boy Who Dared Bartoletti, Susan Campbell (historical fiction)
Breaking Dawn (Twilight Saga, Book 4) Meyer, Stephanie (sci-fi/fantasy)
The Bronze Bow Speare, Elizabeth George (Newbery Award, 1962 historical fiction)
Capoeira: Game! Dance! Martial Art! Ancona, George (non-fiction)
Cat’s Cradle: A Book of String Figures Johnson, Anne Akers (how-to)
Chalice McKinley, Robin (sci-fi/fantasy)
Charlotte’s Web White, E. B. (Newbery Honor Book, 1953 classic)
Chasing Vermeer Balliett, Blue (Edgar Award, 2005, and three other awards mystery)
The Chosen One Williams, Carol Lynch (contemporary fiction)
The Christopher Killer: A Forensic Mystery (Book 1) Ferguson, Alane (mystery)
Cryptid Hunters Smith, Roland (sci-fi/fantasy)
The Dark Frigate  Hawes, Charles Boardman (Newbery Award, 1924 classic)
Dark Lord of Derkholm Jones, Diana Wynne (sci-fi/fantasy)
Deep and Dark and Dangerous Hahn, Mary Downing (sci-fi/fantasy)
Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara (Book 4) Gurney, James (sci-fi/fantasy)
Elephant Run Smith, Roland (historical fiction)
Enchantress from the Stars Engdahl, Sylvia Louise (Newbery Honor Book, 1971; The Phoenix Award, 1990 classic)
Epic Kostick, Conor (sci-fi/fantasy)
Exploring the Solar System: A History with 22 Activities Carson, Mary Kay (non-fiction)
F is for Freedom Schotter, Roni (historical fiction)
Gandhi Cook, Diane (biography)
Ginger Pye Estes, Eleanor (Newbery Award, 1952 classic)
Grand Central Terminal: Gateway to New York City Stanley, Ed (non-fiction)
The Green Grass Sea Klages, Ellen (Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, 2007 historical fiction)
Have Space Suit – Will Travel Heinlein, Robert A. (sci-fi/fantasy)
Heart and Soul: The Story of Florence Nightingale Gorrell, Gena K. (Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-fiction, 2001 biography)
Heat Lupica, Mike( contemporary fiction)
Hill Hawk Hattie Clark, Clara Gillow (historical fiction)
Hitler’s Daughter French, Jackie (Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award, 2000 historical fiction)
Homer Price McCloskey, Robert (classic)
The Incredible Journey Burnford, Sheila (classic)
It Happened on a Train Barnett, Mac (contemporary fiction)
It’s a Mall World After All Rallison, Janette (contemporary fiction)
John Sutter and the California Gold Rush Doeden, Matt (non-fiction)
Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices Fleischman, Paul (Newbery Award, 1989 poetry)
Just So Stories Kipling, Rudyard (classic)
The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore Nixon, Joan (Lowery Edgar Award, 1980 contemporary fiction)
Leviathan Westerfeld, Scott (sci-fi/fantasy)
Listen! Tolan, Stephanie S. (Christopher Award, 2007 contemporary fiction)
Macaroni Boy Ayres, Katherine (historical fiction)
Michelangelo Stanley, Diane (biography)
The Miracle Worker Gibson, William (play)
Moon Landing: Apollo 11 40th Anniversary Pop-up Platt, Richard (non-fiction)
Muscle Cars Bailey, Katharine (non-fiction)
The Mysterious Benedict Society Stewart, Trenton Lee (sci-fi/fantasy/mystery)
Night of the Spadefoot Toads Harley, Bill (contemporary fiction)
On Pointe Grover, Lori Ann (contemporary fiction)
Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille Freedman, Russell (biography)
Pigboy Grant, Vicki (teen life)
Pride and Prejudice Austen, Jane (classic)
Princess of the Midnight Ball George, Jessica Day (sci-fi/fantasy)
Princess Tales, The, Volume One Levine, Gail Carson (sci-fi/fantasy)
Project Mulberry Park,Linda Sue (contemporary fiction)
Rapunzel’s Revenge Hale, Shannon and Dean (An ALA Notable Children’s Book, 2009; A YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens, 2009; and five other awards graphic novel)
Red Rackham’s Treasure (The Adventures of Tintin) Herge (graphic novel)
Robinson Crusoe Defoe, Daniel (classic)
Rules Lord, Cynthia (Newbery Honor Book, 2007; Schneider Family Book Award contemporary fiction)
Running Out of Time Haddix, Margaret Peterson (contemporary fiction)
Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook Silverstein, Shel (poetry)
Schooled Korman, Gordon (contemporary fiction)
Seance, The Lawrence, Iain (mystery)
Second Sight Blackwood, Gary (historical fiction)
Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs, The Birney, Betty G. (historical fiction)
Shadow Spinner Fletcher, Susan (sci-fi/fantasy)
Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World Armstrong, Jennifer (ALA Best Books for Young Adults, 2000; ALA Notable Children’s Book, 1999; NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, 1999 biography)
Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, The (Twilight Saga) Meyer, Stephanie (sci-fi/fantasy)
Snakehead (Alex Rider, Book 7) Horowitz, Anthony (contemporary fiction)
Swallows and Amazons Ransome, Arthur (classic)
Swindle Korman, Gordon (contemporary fiction)
Sword that Cut the Burning Grass, The (The Samurai Mysteries, Book 4) Hoobler, Dorothy and Thomas (First in series won BCCB Blue Ribbon Award, 1999–mystery)
Tangerine Bloor, Edward (contemporary fiction)
Three Black Swans Cooney, Caroline B. (contemporary fiction)
Tiger, Tiger Banks, Lynne Reid (A Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year, 2005 historical fiction)
Toby Wheeler: Eighth-Grade Benchwarmer Heldring, Thatcher (contemporary fiction)
Touching Spirit Bear Mikaelsen, Ben (Nautilus Award for Young Adult Literature, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Book Sense 76 Pick, and seven state awards contemporary fiction)
Travel Team Lupica, Mike (contemporary fiction)
Undercover Kephart, Beth (contemporary fiction)
Uprising Haddix, Margaret Peterson (historical fiction)
Vampire High Rees, Douglas (sci-fi/fantasy)
Vanished Chari, Sheela (Children’s Literature Honor Book, Asian Pacific-American Library Association, 2012 contemporary fiction)
War Horse Morpurgo, Michael (historical fiction)
We Were There Too!: Young People in U.S. History Hoose, Phillip (finalist for National Book Award, 2001; Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year; International Reading Association Teacher’s Choice non-fiction)
Whipping Boy, The Fleischman, Sid (Newbery Award, 1987 fiction)
Winter Hawk Star Brouwer, Sigmund (contemporary fiction)
Wright Brothers, The: How They Invented the Airplane Freedman, Russell (Newbery Honor Book, 1992 biography)

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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