Book Reviews

Secret Society of Second-Born Royals Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Teen superhero fantasy has adventure, action, and peril.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2020)
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Julie and the Phantoms TV Poster Image
age 8+
Heartwarming series wins with music, emotional honesty.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
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Skunk and Badger, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Funny tale of offbeat animal friendship has kindness, depth.
By Amy Timberlake
(2020)
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Mr. Lemoncello and the Titanium Ticket: Mr. Lemoncello's Library, Book 5 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Lively nod to Willy Wonka rewards teamwork, empathy.
By Chris Grabenstein
(2020)
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Dragons in a Bag Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Exciting tale of New York kid's journey to magical world.
By Zetta Elliott
(2018)
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Fearless Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Animated adventure has diverse cast, action, humor.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2020)
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Magic Camp Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Tween-friendly camp-set comedy has positive messages.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2020)
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The Secret Garden (2020) Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Adaptation has positive themes but falls short on magic.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2020)
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Growing Up Great!: The Ultimate Puberty Book for Boys Book Poster Image
age 8+
Encouraging puberty guide covers emotional growth, too.
By Scott Todnem
(2019)
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Aliens Stole My Body Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Campy sci-fi tale has low-budget effects, hokey humor.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2020)
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Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Adventure Book Poster Image
age 8+
Rowley gets creative in funny Wimpy Kid spin-off tale.
By Jeff Kinney
(2020)
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Paper Mario: The Origami King Game Poster Image
age 8+
Highly enjoyable adventure folds up fun for all players.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2020)
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Celebrate Your Body (and Its Changes, Too!): The Ultimate Puberty Book for Girls Book Poster Image
age 8+
Pitch-perfect, body-positive puberty guide for young tweens.
By Sonya Renee Taylor
(2018)
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We Bare Bears: The Movie Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Some slapstick violence, peril in cute animated adventure.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2020)
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The Dragon Egg Princess Book Poster Image
age 8+
Exciting tale of dragons, friendship, and world-saving.
By Ellen Oh
(2020)
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Gargantis: Legends of Eerie-on-Sea, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Action, suspense ramp up with discovery of ancient bottle.
By Thomas Taylor
(2020)
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Adventures of Rufus: The Fantastic Pet Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Kids meet wizards, sorcerers, spells & fantastical danger.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2020)
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Zombies 2 Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Sweet sequel promotes inclusion, challenges stereotypes.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2020)
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Dude Perfect: Backstage Pass Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Family-friendly YouTube stars take zany stunts on tour.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2020)
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Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices Book Poster Image
age 8+
Lots of great life lessons as families celebrate holiday.
By S.K. Ali, Aisha Saeed
(2020)
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