Book Reviews

Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures TV Poster Image
age 8+
Funny buddy comedy for tweens has strong crush storyline.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2011)
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Redakai: Conquer the Kairu TV Poster Image
age 8+
Formulaic but fun anime based on trading card game.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2011)
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Clarissa Explains It All TV Poster Image
age 8+
Fun '90s show deals thoughtfully with coming-of-age issues.
Network: Nickelodeon
(1991)
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Kenan & Kel TV Poster Image
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age 8+
Mischievous adventures of two teens is all about the laughs.
Network: Nickelodeon
(1996)
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Huckleberry Finn Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Musical adaptation doesn't improve the classic tale.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1974)
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Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Lovely, kid-friendly sequel has more romance than the first.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1987)
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Max Rules Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Spy Kids-style adventure is lackluster but may amuse kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2005)
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Like Mike 2: Streetball Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Basketball fantasy teaches about teamwork, friendship.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2006)
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Summer of the Colt Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Gentle Argentinian tale of family, horses, and growing up.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1991)
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Victorious: Hollywood Arts Debut Game Poster Image
age 8+
TV-based romp has positive role models and teen drama.
Platforms: Nintendo DS
(2011)
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Rhythm Heaven Fever Game Poster Image
age 8+
Collection of clever rhythm mini-games is fun but tough.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2012)
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Victorious: Time to Shine Game Poster Image
age 8+
TV-based Kinect game lets kids stage their own music videos.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2011)
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Big Nate Goes for Broke: Big Nate, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Creative underdogs win big in fun comic novel.
By Lincoln Peirce
(2012)
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Cinderella Smith: The More the Merrier Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fun story shows that inclusion is better than exclusion.
By Stephanie Barden
(2012)
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Horses 3D Game Poster Image
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age 8+
Fun sim game lets girls care for and train their own horse.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
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Chops Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Inspiring documentary about high school jazz musicians.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2009)
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The Gold Retrievers Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Kids might enjoy the silly humor, but it's pretty charmless.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2010)
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Auditorium: The Online Experience Game Poster Image
age 8+
Intriguing indie game combines music with puzzle-solving.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2009)
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Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters TV Poster Image
age 8+
Anti-bullying message in solid trading card anime.
Network: Discovery Family Channel
(2012)
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Superfudge Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Funny, honest novel pokes fun at sibling rivalry.
By Judy Blume
(1980)
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