Book Reviews

The Apothecary Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Cold War kids use magic to save world in brilliant novel.
By Maile Meloy
(2011)
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Game Poster Image
age 15+
Vast and violent RPG filled with moral choice and ambiguity.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
(2011)
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Aquaria App Poster Image
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age 11+
Stunning undersea adventure is about character development.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
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Orcs Must Die! Game Poster Image
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age 15+
Exciting action strategy game too violent for younger kids.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox 360
(2011)
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Froi of the Exiles Book Poster Image
age 15+
Character-driven fantasy is extraordinary for older teens.
By Melina Marchetta
(2012)
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The Bluest Eye Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Deeply poetic novel explores racial and sexual feelings.
By Toni Morrison
(1970)
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Code Name Verity Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Plot-twisting, heart-wrenching, unforgettable WWII story.
By Elizabeth Wein
(2012)
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Tiger Eyes Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Powerful novel examines teen's world of grief.
By Judy Blume
(1981)
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Torchlight II Game Poster Image
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age 15+
Bloody fantasy tale is easy to play, stands test of time.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2019)
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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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Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition Game Poster Image
age 15+
Combative Dark Knight game has some blood and death.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2012)
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Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal Book Poster Image
age 15+
Brilliantly funny, insightful, dark high school tragicomedy.
By Chris Colfer
(2012)
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The Mary Tyler Moore Show TV Poster Image
age 11+
Classic '70s comedy reflects women's liberation era.
Network: CBS
(1970)
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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Game Poster Image
age 11+
Compelling story with strong role models, loss, and battles.
Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2013)
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The House of the Scorpion Book Poster Image
age 11+
Gripping, gritty sci-fi tale of a clone's identity struggle.
By Nancy Farmer
(2001)
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Quintana of Charyn Book Poster Image
age 15+
Engrossing end to fabulous epic trilogy for mature readers.
By Melina Marchetta
(2013)
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The Universe Versus Alex Woods Book Poster Image
age 15+
Quirky, affecting coming-of-ager hits life-and-death issues.
By Gavin Extence
(2013)
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The Twelve-Fingered Boy Book Poster Image
age 15+
Exciting, creepy horror adventure tweaks superheroics.
By John Hornor Jacobs
(2013)
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Gone Home Game Poster Image
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age 15+
Terrific narrative game tackles tough teen identity issues.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2013)
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Under the Empyrean Sky: The Heartland Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Thought-provoking, dystopian eco-adventure great for boys.
By Chuck Wendig
(2013)
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