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Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Movie Poster Image
age 8+
The best of the original series, but the most intense, too.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1980)
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2001: A Space Odyssey Movie Poster Image
age 12+
Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece is still relevant.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1968)
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The Twilight Zone TV Poster Image
age 10+
Classic morality tales still make you think.
Network: Syfy, Syndicated
(1959)
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Beauty and the Beast Movie Poster Image
age 6+
Disney fave has great music, strong messages, some scares.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1991)
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Ender's Game Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Boy genius trains to crush alien invasion in sci-fi classic.
By Orson Scott Card
(2005)
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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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Apollo 13 Movie Poster Image
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age 12+
Thrilling, heartwarming, scary, and superb.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1995)
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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Movie Poster Image
age 7+
Spielberg's family classic is still one of the best.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1982)
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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread Book Poster Image
age 8+
Brave mouse adventure a modern classic; great read-aloud.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2004)
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Suspenseful, thoughtful alien-encounter classic.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1977)
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Mass Effect 3 Game Poster Image
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age 18+
Exciting sci-fi adventure with gore, sex, and profanity.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
(2012)
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Angry Birds Space App Poster Image
age 7+
Sequel introduces new levels that have gravitational pull.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
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Mystery Science Theater 3000 TV Poster Image
age 14+
Silly/smart bad-movie commentary is a teen geek's delight.
Network: Comedy Central
(1988)
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The Wishing Spell: The Land of Stories, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Captivating, imaginative story of kids in fairy-tale world.
By Chris Colfer
(2012)
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Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Super-imaginative adventures of girl whisked to elf world.
By Shannon Messenger
(2012)
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica TV Poster Image
age 13+
Outstanding anime is more violent than you'd expect.
Network: New Video
(2012)
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Magic Tree House Series Book Poster Image
age 6+
Fun, educational chapter books have something for everyone.
By Mary Pope Osborne
(1992)
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The 5th Wave, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Super intense apocalyptic alien-invasion nail-biter.
By Rick Yancey
(2013)
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Gravity Movie Poster Image
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age 14+
Intense, astonishing sci-fi thriller has real soul.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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Pikmin 3 Game Poster Image
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age 10+
Fun and colorful strategy/puzzle game is a Wii U must-have.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2013)
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