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Epoca: The Tree of Ecrof Book Poster Image
age 9+
Sports-themed magical fantasy values teamwork, character.
By Kobe Bryant, Ivy Claire
(2019)
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Total War: Three Kingdoms - Mandate of Heaven Game Poster Image
age 15+
Prequel expansion offers chances to change Chinese history.
Platforms: Windows
(2020)
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Fist of the North Star LEGENDS ReVIVE App Poster Image
age 15+
Martial arts action game packs a mediocre punch.
Devices: iPhone, Android
(2019)
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Brittany Runs a Marathon Movie Poster Image
age 15+
Woman makes over her life in heartfelt but mature dramedy.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2019)
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The Art of Self-Defense Movie Poster Image
age 15+
Quirky, mature comedy tackles the illusion of masculinity.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2019)
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Legacy and the Queen Book Poster Image
age 9+
Tennis and magic mix in solid fantasy series start.
By Annie Matthew, Kobe Bryant
(2019)
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The Crossover: The Graphic Novel Book Poster Image
age 9+
Graphic adaptation captures basketball's power, poetry.
By Kwame Alexander
(2019)
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Bottom of the 9th Movie Poster Image
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age 15+
Likable, low-key baseball drama has violence, language.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2019)
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Jetpack Jump App Poster Image
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age 9+
Ads undermine simplistic, dull sports game.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2019)
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Madden NFL 20 Game Poster Image
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age 9+
Superstars stand out in focused, dynamic on-field play.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2019)
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Flip Dunk App Poster Image
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age 9+
Ads ruin what's already an overly simple arcade sports game.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2019)
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Q Ball Movie Poster Image
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age 15+
Moving but mature docu about prison basketball program.
In Theaters Now
(Release Year: 2019)
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Dead or Alive 6 Game Poster Image
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age 15+
Best yet in racy, violent martial arts fighter series.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2019)
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Right as Rain Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Pitch-perfect story about loss and change inspires hope.
By Lindsey Stoddard
(2019)
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High Flying Bird Movie Poster Image
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age 15+
Savvy sports drama about basketball politics; some cursing.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2019)
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SoulCalibur VI Game Poster Image
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age 15+
Engaging fighter with some outdated, sexualized gameplay.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
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Mascot Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Tween's humor lifts story about grief, physical injury.
By Antony John
(2018)
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Warriors of Liberty City TV Poster Image
age 15+
Mature content, inspiring themes in compelling docuseries.
Network: Starz
(2018)
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SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy Game Poster Image
age 15+
Fighting game that's more flash (and flesh) than substance.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
(2018)
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NBA Live 19 Game Poster Image
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age 9+
Street ball is great, but court play still shoots airballs.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
(2018)
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