About Book Radar

The idea came about because we kept hearing the same story over and over again…

"I found it!" I thought in triumph.

The novel sat wedged in between David Copperfield and Moby Dick on our massive, tightly-packed bookcase. I had been looking for my next read and this one seemed to magically fit the bill. The description on the back cover was tantalizing.

"Hey Mom? Can I read this book?" holding up the dust-covered volume.

"Uhhhh.... Let me see."

I stood scratching my leg with my shoe, trying my utmost to be patient as Mom flipped through my latest find. I was twelve, and that summer I’d been reading every book on the Civil War I could get my hands on. This one was Killer Angels; I was so excited! A fictional retell of the battle of

Gettysburg. Just the thing I was in the mood for. I loved reading anything. But this was my prize find at the moment, and I really wanted to read it.

Mom was taking what seemed an eternity to answer my seemingly simple question. It’s a yes, or no, right? I stood in front of her, watching her eyes scan numerous pages. Is she gonna read the whole book, I thought, impatient to read it myself. The summer may be over before I get an answer.

Finally, she closed the book and said, “Sorry, honey. There are too many bad words in this one. Why don’t you try to find a different book, okay?”

... She’s serious.

I knew plea bargains were useless, and they only ever worked for my little sister anyway. But I was crushed! My hopes for this novel had been so high! How could I find anything else to replace it? Maybe I would just re-read one of my favorites, but what a let down!

This, in a Nutshell,
is How We Started

It’s because we kept hearing stories like this, both from each other and from our friends, that Book Radar was born. We hope that because of Book Radar, you’ll have a different story, one of easy editing and endless reading!

Now, just to clarify, we don’t actually think C. S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia has objectionable material packed into it’s pages. But Book Radar really is magic. We go through every title in our library with a fine-tooth comb. Whether you’re trying to be vigilant about what your child is reading, looking for where a title falls on your personal standard level before investing your time, or planning lessons for your class and wondering what conversation topics will arise in a given title, Book Radar will make it all so much easier!

We provide profanity, sexual content, violence, and conversation topics for every title in our Library. Then with our Clean Guides, you’ll know exactly what page to find it on and even what paragraph and sentence it’s in. Cleaning up a book before your child reads it will be a lot faster!

And our “About the Author” section on that back cover, would say something like this: At Book Radar we’re a team of passionate readers. We love stories. We just aren’t gung-ho on getting bombarded with crass, objectionable material; which is why we all watch filtered movies too.

Feel the same way? Then we hope Book Radar will help you make informed decisions about your family’s reading material, and assist you with editing out whatever you think needs to be!

Meet the Team

THE BOOK RADAR TEAM: Luisa | Tarah | Shannon | Cate

    Hi! I’m Luisa and I’ve always been an avid reader and lover of books. Well… at least that is to say since I was about eight years old and my mom encouraged my sister, Shannon, and I to do a summer reading challenge. If we read twenty books that summer, she’d take us to a water park. (Parents, her incentive worked … probably too well! I was always getting in trouble for not doing my chores, my school, or staying in the bathroom too long haha, because of a book!) Read More

  • Contributing Screener

    My name is Tarah, and I’m a converted reader. If you read that with a tone of confession, you’d be hearing it exactly as I intended. I could count on one hand the number of books I read cover-to-cover after sixth grade. I had mastered the ability to score at least a B – a grade I was happy with – on exams and book reports without actually reading them. That is a statement that should raise the alarm of any parent/teacher hoping their students are absorbing all those precious words. Read More


  • Shannon

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    Marketing & Technical Lead

    Hey, I’m Shannon, Luisa’s little sister. I would have to second Tarah and say that I’m a converted reader. As a kid, reading was never social enough for me – I would have much rather played with friends than sat reading. Now however, most of my friends are huge readers and it’s almost unsocial NOT to read. You can’t show up at a coffee date with nothing interesting to talk about because you haven’t read anything lately – I mean who’s gonna invite you back at that rate. 😉 Read More




Book Radar Members have access to our library with a growing supply of titles. In the Library you'll get detailed reports of what to expect in each book. Specifics of profanity, sexual content, conversation topics, etc.