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West Side Story Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Musical masterpiece tackles race, with some violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1961)
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Splendors and Glooms Book Poster Image
age 11+
Dark, magical, Dickensian page-turner for tweens.
By Laura Amy Schlitz
(2012)
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The Shepherd's Crown: Tiffany Aching Adventures, Book 5 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Final Discworld novel hits the mark with rich fantasy.
By Terry Pratchett
(2015)
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Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History Book Poster Image
age 11+
Engaging profiles of 40 amazing women in 31 countries.
By Kate Schatz
(2016)
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School of Rock Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Standout Jack Black in nerds-become-cool comedy.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2003)
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Ella Enchanted Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Highly imaginative twists on the Cinderella tale.
By Gail Carson Levine
(1997)
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Bones of Faerie Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Intriguing combination of magic and apocalypse.
By Janni Lee Simner
(2009)
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Dreamdark Series Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Exciting faerie series with a fantastic tomboy heroine.
By Laini Taylor
(2007)
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Hex Hall Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Enchanting book about witty teen witch at reform school.
By Rachel Hawkins
(2011)
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Veer-Zaara Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Bollywood forbidden love tale with song, dance, drama.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2004)
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Curses! Foiled Again Book Poster Image
age 11+
Teen girl defends Faerie in lively graphic novel sequel.
By Jane Yolen
(2013)
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Foiled Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Girl fencer fights monsters in clever fantasy graphic novel.
By Jane Yolen
(2010)
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20 Feet from Stardom Movie Poster Image
age 11+
Smart, thoughtful docu shines light on background singers.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Game Poster Image
age 11+
Terrific handheld transition for classic fighting game.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
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Super Smash Bros. Wii U Game Poster Image
age 11+
Cartoonishly violent brawler very deep and engaging.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2014)
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Project Runway: Junior TV Poster Image
age 11+
Seamless spinoff has less drama, more positive mentoring.
Network: Lifetime
(2015)
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Pokkén Tournament Game Poster Image
age 11+
Deep, demanding play brings fighting twist to monster game.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2016)
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The Time Paradox: Artemis Fowl, Book 6 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Artemis faces younger self in madcap, befuddling adventure.
By Eoin Colfer
(2008)
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Disney Enchanted Tales App Poster Image
age 11+
Pretty worlds for Disney faves, but kids must wait or spend.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
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Artemis Fowl Book 3: The Eternity Code Book Poster Image
age 11+
High-action page-turner sequel a great summer read.
By Eoin Colfer
(2003)
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