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The Musketeers TV Poster Image
age 15+
Swashbuckler spikes a classic novel with sex and violence.
Network: BBC America
(2014)
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The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill Book Poster Image
age 8+
Girl suspects a Communist in her midst in McCarthy-era tale.
By Megan Frazer Blakemore
(2014)
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The Monuments Men Movie Poster Image
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age 15+
Fact-based adventure with a few bloody battle scenes.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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Philomena Movie Poster Image
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age 15+
Smart, wrenching, deeply moving drama fine for older teens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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Turn: Washington's Spies TV Poster Image
age 15+
Historical series doesn't downplay war's graphic realities.
Network: AMC
(2014)
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The Secret of Ferrell Savage Book Poster Image
age 8+
Silly, fast-moving story of sleds and family secrets.
By J. Duddy Gill
(2014)
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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Movie Poster Image
age 15+
Nelson Mandela deserves a great movie. This isn't it.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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Under the Egg Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Plucky heroine uncovers stolen painting in engaging mystery.
By Laura Marx Fitzgerald
(2014)
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12 Years a Slave Movie Poster Image
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age 15+
Imperfect but must-see epic drama with major cruelty.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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Horrible Histories Website Poster Image
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age 8+
Edgy, goofy history site pushes product over past.
URL: http://horrible-histories.co.uk
(2014)
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Seven Stories Up Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Sweet time-travel story teaches kids about the Depression.
By Laurel Snyder
(2014)
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The Fifth Estate Movie Poster Image
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age 15+
Confusing WikiLeaks docudrama mostly avoids iffy content.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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Winnie Mandela Movie Poster Image
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age 15+
Biopic is well acted but uneven and violent.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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National Geographic Education Website Poster Image
age 8+
Rich resource preps kids to be conscientious citizens.
URL: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/education/
(2013)
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The Croods Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Gorgeously animated adventure has intense themes.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks Movie Poster Image
age 15+
Documentary tackles complex issues of truth and safety.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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The Lost Kingdom Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Exciting frontier adventure with steampunk fantasy twist.
By Matthew J. Kirby
(2013)
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Inside the American Mob TV Poster Image
age 15+
Organized crime docuseries with bloody re-creations.
Network: National Geographic Channel
(2013)
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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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The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail Book Poster Image
age 8+
Swashbuckling adventure of mouse in Queen Victoria's court.
By Richard Peck
(2013)
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