Book Reviews

United Stats of America TV Poster Image
age 12+
Edutaining show features history, numbers, mild innuendo.
Network: History
(2012)
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Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. TV Poster Image
age 12+
Informative docu uncovers family history and ancestry.
Network: PBS
(2012)
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Breaking Stalin's Nose Book Poster Image
age 12+
Newbery Honor-winning tale of growing up in Stalinist USSR.
By Eugene Yelchin
(2011)
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Between Shades of Gray Book Poster Image
age 12+
Harrowing, moving account of life in Stalin's labor camps.
By Ruta Sepetys
(2011)
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Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story Movie Poster Image
age 12+
Superficial, unauthorized drama about writer's rise to fame.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2011)
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Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football Movie Poster Image
age 12+
Excellent docu on Muslim high school football players.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2011)
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The Music Never Stopped Movie Poster Image
age 12+
Music brings family back together in moving drama.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2011)
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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Book Poster Image
age 12+
Classic undersea adventure with science-fiction flair.
By Jules Verne
(1996)
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The Loving Story Movie Poster Image
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age 12+
Love story that led to Supreme Court case; racist language.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2011)
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World of Tanks Game Poster Image
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age 12+
Tank game promotes teamwork, competition, in-game extras.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2011)
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Echo: Secret of the Lost Cavern Game Poster Image
age 12+
Historical adventure explores prehistoric art and culture.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2010)
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My Antonia Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Writing shines in pioneer saga of friendship and struggle.
By Willa Cather
(2011)
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A Stone in My Hand Book Poster Image
age 12+
Intense story of Palestinian family in Gaza Strip in 1989.
By Cathryn Clinton
(2010)
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The Young Victoria Movie Poster Image
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age 12+
Queen's biopic is more tender romance than historical saga.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2009)
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Bright Star Movie Poster Image
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age 12+
Romantic, moving film unlikely to interest tweens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2009)
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Book Poster Image
age 12+
Twain's classic has humor, suspense, language issue.
By Mark Twain
(1876)
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The Express Movie Poster Image
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age 12+
Inspirational true story tackles race, football.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2008)
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Becoming Jane Movie Poster Image
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age 12+
A witty, winning Austen bio for tweens and older.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2007)
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Miss Potter Movie Poster Image
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age 12+
More about social pressure than Peter Rabbit.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2006)
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Au Revoir Les Enfants Movie Poster Image
age 12+
Poignant subtitled WWII story about kids and loss.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1987)
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