Book Reviews

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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Nintendo Land Game Poster Image
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age 8+
Fun, family-friendly mini-games open the door to Wii U.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2012)
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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library: Mr. Lemoncello's Library, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fun mystery about kids locked in library by wacky genius.
By Chris Grabenstein
(2013)
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Serafina and the Black Cloak Book Poster Image
age 8+
Spooky mystery-thriller about supernatural evil.
By Robert Beatty
(2015)
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Real Friends Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Painfully honest, hopeful memoir of coping with frenemies.
By Shannon Hale
(2017)
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Peter Pan Book Poster Image
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age 8+
This classic works best as a read-aloud.
By J. M. Barrie
(1904)
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A Hard Day's Night Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Beatles classic is Fab-ulous, but expect lots of smoking.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1964)
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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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The Secret Garden Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Great book, great adaptation.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1993)
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Action- and creature-packed Potter sequel.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2002)
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The Princess Diaries Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Sweet tale about growing up is terrific fun for families.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2001)
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Geek Charming Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Sweet story models positive relationships among teens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2012)
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Crenshaw Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Pitch-perfect story about boy and family facing hard times.
By Katherine Applegate
(2015)
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Animal Crossing: New Leaf Game Poster Image
age 8+
Cute town sim about friendship and spending virtual money.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2013)
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Tomodachi Life Game Poster Image
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age 8+
Quirky sim engages kids in a virtual doll soap opera.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
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Wakfu TV Poster Image
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age 8+
Excellent game-inspired anime has likable hero at heart.
Network: Netflix
(2014)
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Descendants Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Energetic Disney movie's villains make likable role models.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Zootopia Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Charming buddy-animal story promotes tolerance, teamwork.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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The Wild Robot Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Robot vs. wilderness in poignant survival tale.
By Peter Brown
(2016)
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Ralph Breaks the Internet Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Colorful, clever sequel tackles complexity of online world.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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