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Loveboat, Taipei Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Taiwanese American teen finds love and freedom in fun tale.
By Abigail Hing Wen
(2020)
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Skillshare - Online Learning App Poster Image
age 14+
Creative and career-oriented lessons for curious older kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
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Call Down the Hawk: The Dreamer Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Thrilling, heartbreaking start to Raven Cycle spin-off.
By Maggie Stiefvater
(2019)
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Let's Sing Country Game Poster Image
age 14+
This country karaoke's tune is way off key.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
(2019)
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BTS World App Poster Image
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age 14+
Interactive adventure is little more than K-pop fan service.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2019)
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A Question of Holmes: Charlotte Holmes, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Teen sleuths' summer in Oxford makes for satisfying finale.
By Brittany Cavallaro
(2019)
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Funimate - Be Music Video Star App Poster Image
age 15+
Smart video editor makes creativity fun and easy, has risks.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
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ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke Movie Poster Image
age 14+
Comprehensive docu on iconic soul singer; some cursing.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2019)
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The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl Movie Poster Image
age 14+
Amusingly bizarre anime comedy has iffy themes, drinking.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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Earth Defense Force 5 Game Poster Image
age 15+
Cheesy B movie, bug-squishing action-packed fun.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2018)
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Social Animals Movie Poster Image
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age 14+
Insightful docu looks at pros, cons of Instagram; language.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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What We Started Movie Poster Image
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age 15+
Glaring lack of women mars otherwise great EDM docu.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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In Sight of Stars Book Poster Image
age 14+
Sweet story of boy's breakdown recovery takes time to gel.
By Gae Polisner
(2018)
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Blood Water Paint Book Poster Image
age 14+
Teen artist fights rapist in riveting tale of 1610 Rome.
By Joy McCullough
(2018)
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Rise TV Poster Image
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age 14+
Tender, lovely series is "Friday Night Lights" onstage.
Network: NBC
(2018)
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Speak: The Graphic Novel Book Poster Image
age 14+
Hard-hitting tale of sexual assault and its aftermath.
By Laurie Halse Anderson
(2018)
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Truly Devious, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Clever murder mystery at truly hip, mature boarding school.
By Maureen Johnson
(2018)
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Spotlite - Sing Freely App Poster Image
age 15+
Slick video maker makes teens karaoke stars for real money.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
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Barbra: The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic Movie Poster Image
age 14+
Streisand concert for fans old and new; some cursing.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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Gaga: Five Foot Two Movie Poster Image
age 15+
An accessible star comes to life; language, partial nudity.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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