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October Sky Movie Poster Image
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age 10+
Inspiring tale for older tweens and up.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1999)
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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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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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Planet Earth TV Poster Image
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age 6+
Stunning high-def series spotlights world wonders.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2006)
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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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Brave New World Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Satire of ultimate consumerist society still packs punch.
By Aldous Huxley
(1932)
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Life of Pi Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Fascinating survival tale with animal facts, gory detail.
By Yann Martel
(2001)
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Plague Inc. App Poster Image
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age 13+
Slow & steady kills the (human) race in disease-design app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2019)
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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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Assassin's Creed III Game Poster Image
age 18+
Bloody Revolutionary War adventure best for mature gamers.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
(2012)
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The Last of Us Game Poster Image
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age 18+
Exceptional storytelling, but lots of violence, profanity.
Platforms: PlayStation 3
(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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Counting by 7s Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Striking tale of quirky girl connecting after parental loss.
By Holly Goldberg Sloan
(2013)
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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition Game Poster Image
age 17+
Enhanced version of mature, violent adventure game.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360
(2014)
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Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection Movie Poster Image
age 5+
Terrific, heartwarming shorts have something for everyone.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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The Thing About Jellyfish Book Poster Image
age 10+
Beautiful, grief-tinged, coming-of-age story has it all.
By Ali Benjamin
(2015)
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The Martian Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Gripping tale of space survival has unexpected humor.
By Andy Weir
(2014)
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The Girl Who Drank the Moon Book Poster Image
age 10+
Entrancing fantasy spun with magic stresses power of love.
By Kelly Barnhill
(2016)
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