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Serial Box App Poster Image
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age 16+
Mostly mature serial stories accessed via audio or text.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2019)
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Board Kings App Poster Image
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age 8+
Familiar board game formula gets messy with multiplayer.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2019)
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Dragon Pearl Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Fox-spirit teen brings Korean myths to adventurous sci-fi.
By Yoon Ha Lee
(2019)
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Max and the Midknights Book Poster Image
age 8+
Witty, deep, inclusive kids’ adventure in the Middle Ages.
By Lincoln Peirce
(2019)
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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Disney's take on Christmas classic is colorful but intense.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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Jon Shafer's At the Gates Game Poster Image
age 8+
Average strategy game focuses on Roman and tribal warfare.
Platforms: Windows
(2019)
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Close Movie Poster Image
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age 16+
Female-driven action thriller has graphic violence, language
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2019)
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Bakugan: Battle Planet TV Poster Image
age 8+
Marketing tie-ins overwhelm in violent franchise reboot.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2019)
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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Game Poster Image
age 8+
Mario & friends bring fast-paced Wii U classics to Switch.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2019)
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Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey Game Poster Image
age 8+
Remake has mild combat, fresh graphics, bonus campaign.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2019)
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Bird Box Movie Poster Image
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age 16+
Violent sci-fi thriller has chaos, gory deaths, swearing.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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Knights vs. Dinosaurs Book Poster Image
age 8+
Silly fantasy has lots of kid appeal and fantasy violence.
By Matt Phelan
(2018)
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The Baby-Sitters Club Series Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fun, updated graphic novel version has deep layers.
By Raina Telgemeier, Gale Galligan, Ann M. Martin
(2015)
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Katamari Damacy Reroll Game Poster Image
age 8+
Classic puzzler remastered to roll up fun on new system.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2018)
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Minecraft: Story Mode TV Poster Image
age 8+
Interactive series is fine, more marketing than substance.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
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The Magic Misfits, The Second Story: Magic Misfits, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Focus on family, friendship holds wild adventure together.
By Neil Patrick Harris
(2018)
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A Dastardly Plot: A Perilous Journey of Danger & Mayhem, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Zany retro adventure tackles discrimination, evil schemes.
By Christopher Healy
(2018)
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Road Redemption Game Poster Image
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age 16+
Violent motorcycle racer with frustrating, flawed controls.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
(2018)
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killer7 Game Poster Image
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age 16+
Repetitive, confusing shooter is more shock than awe.
Platforms: Windows
(2018)
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Spyro: Reignited Trilogy Game Poster Image
age 8+
Anthology of classic adventures that stand the test of time.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
(2018)
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