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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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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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Spider-Man 2 Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
A popcorn pleasure with heart, soul, and insight.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2004)
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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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X-Men Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Comic-book adaptation has brains, brawn, and style.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2000)
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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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Beware the Batman TV Poster Image
age 11+
Dark, violent CGI series is best for mature tweens.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2013)
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The Greatest American Hero TV Poster Image
age 11+
'80s series is more comedy than drama but has heart, too.
Network: ABC
(1981)
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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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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Music Poster Image
age 11+
Exciting score has electro feel, plus some catchy pop songs.
By Various Artists
(2014)
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Supergirl TV Poster Image
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age 11+
Strong female lead shoulders the weight of superhero series.
Network: CBS
(2015)
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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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Bravest Warriors TV Poster Image
age 11+
Goofy heroes time-travel, hilarity ensues in tween series.
Network: Cartoon Hangover, YouTube
(2012)
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LEGO Marvel's Avengers Game Poster Image
age 11+
Earth's Mightiest Heroes assemble for fun action game.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2016)
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Spider-Man Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Fun movie, but may be too intense for younger kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2002)
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Avengers Initiative App Poster Image
age 11+
Hulk fights in epic-but-not-bloody brawls in well-done game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2012)
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Spider-Man: Far from Home Movie Poster Image
age 11+
Fun, fast-paced sequel has some dark, dizzying violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2019)
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X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse Game Poster Image
age 11+
Game gives fans something to cheer about.
Platforms: Xbox
(2005)
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Raising Dion TV Poster Image
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age 11+
Supervillain violence, bullying in excellent family drama.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
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