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The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
A cliff-hanging orphan adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(1999)
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Bud, Not Buddy Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Well-crafted tale of an orphan's search for home.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(1999)
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Where the Red Fern Grows Book Poster Image
age 9+
Tearjerker about country boy and his hound dogs.
By Wilson Rawls
(1961)
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A Wrinkle in Time Book Poster Image
age 9+
Classic sci-fi story still inspires and gets kids thinking.
By Madeleine L'Engle
(1962)
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Elijah of Buxton Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Funny, powerful, masterful tale of escaped slaves.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2007)
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The Arrival Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Wordless immigrant story is a visual masterpiece.
By Shaun Tan
(2007)
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The Mysterious Benedict Society Book Poster Image
age 9+
Suspenseful mystery with a Lemony Snicket vibe.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2007)
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Eleven Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Poignant tale of dyslexic boy seeking clues to his past.
By Patricia Reilly Giff
(2008)
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Bridge to Terabithia Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Beautiful lesson in friendship for young and old.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2007)
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Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Gripping tale of survival; some peril, emotional intensity.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1995)
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The Little Mermaid and Other Stories by H. C. Andersen App Poster Image
age 9+
Gorgeous interactive tales are darker than Disney versions.
Devices: iPad
(2010)
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Wonderstruck Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Inventive story of runaways in New York, 50 years apart.
By Brian Selznick
(2011)
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Thunder Soul Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Uplifting docu spotlights legendary high school jazz band.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2011)
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Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Exciting enchanted forest adventure to save baby brother.
By Colin Meloy
(2011)
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Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans Book Poster Image
age 9+
Beautifully illustrated account of African-American history.
By Kadir Nelson
(2011)
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My Father's Glory Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Poignant French memoir has innocent nudity, kids smoking.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2002)
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Royal Trouble: Hidden Adventures HD App Poster Image
age 9+
Hidden-object adventure protagonists show value of teamwork.
Devices: iPad
(2012)
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Carmen Sandiego Adventures in Math: The Great Gateway Grab Game Poster Image
age 9+
Short, fun game has kids practicing fractions and symmetry.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2012)
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The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict Book Poster Image
age 9+
Smart kids, lessons in Mysterious Benedict Society prequel.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2012)
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Motorcity TV Poster Image
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age 9+
Action toon offers thought-provoking content for tweens.
Network: Disney XD
(2012)
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