Book Reviews

Love Your Body Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Uplifting book for tweens celebrates all kinds of bodies.
By Jessica Sanders
(2020)
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Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX Game Poster Image
age 8+
Spin-off remake is cute, but easy and repetitive.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2020)
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Confessions of a Dork Lord Book Poster Image
age 8+
Tale of magic-impaired underdog on quest is slow, overdone.
By Mike Johnston
(2020)
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From the Desk of Zoe Washington Book Poster Image
age 8+
Girl works to clear her father of a crime in smart tale.
By Janae Marks
(2020)
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Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back -- Evolution Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Cartoon violence in computer-animated remake.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2020)
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Sega Ages Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Game Poster Image
age 8+
Definitive version of the Sonic classic races to Switch.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2020)
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Here in the Real World Book Poster Image
age 8+
Funny, relatable tale of tweens gardening in the ruins.
By Sara Pennypacker
(2020)
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Monster Chords: Fun with Music App Poster Image
age 8+
Monster confusion and ads; not a great way to learn guitar.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2020)
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Zombies 2 TV Poster Image
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age 8+
Sweet sequel promotes inclusion, challenges stereotypes.
Network: Disney Channel
(2020)
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Diana: Princess of the Amazons Book Poster Image
age 8+
Vibrant, gentle origin story shows Wonder Woman as tween.
By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale
(2020)
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Playing with Fire Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Cena charms, but slapstick-heavy comedy doesn't fully spark.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2019)
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Notorious Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Wacky tale of middle schooler, '30s gangsters, murdered dog.
By Gordon Korman
(2020)
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Power of a Princess: More Than a Princess, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Loyal friends rule in slow tale of brave, strong princess.
By E.D. Baker
(2019)
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The Treacherous Seas:  A Perilous Journey of Danger & Mayhem, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Tween heroes fight discrimination, monsters in fun sequel.
By Christopher Healy
(2019)
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Ralph S. Mouse Series Book Poster Image
age 8+
Lovely classics have adventure, empathy, a talking mouse.
By Beverly Cleary
(1965)
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Kid President: Are We There Yet? TV Poster Image
age 8+
YouTube star returns as a teen to spotlight changemakers.
Network: YouTube
(2019)
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The InBESTigators TV Poster Image
age 8+
Kid detectives solve mysteries in charming Aussie comedy.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
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John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch TV Poster Image
age 8+
Kid-cast variety special caters to older viewing audience.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
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Adventure Force 5 TV Poster Image
age 8+
Fun tween-centered sci-fi adventure also promotes product.
Network: Vudu
(2019)
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Abominable Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Funny, heartwarming adventure has some peril, scares.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2019)
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