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Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Too mature for the kids who are reading the book.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2003)
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Sister, Sister TV Poster Image
age 9+
Separated twins reunite as teens -- tweens OK.
Network: Disney Channel
(1994)
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Rules Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Girl connects with brother who has autism in moving tale.
By Cynthia Lord
(2006)
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Tuck Everlasting Book Poster Image
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age 9+
A timeless and thought-provoking novel.
By Natalie Babbitt
(1975)
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The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
A cliff-hanging orphan adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(1999)
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I Am David Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Beautiful, gentle adaptation of classic novel.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2005)
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The Great Gilly Hopkins Book Poster Image
age 9+
Brash foster-kid tale a great choice for reluctant readers.
By Katherine Paterson
(1978)
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A Christmas Carol (1984) Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Bleak but solid adaptation of Dickens' classic.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1984)
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Kicking & Screaming Movie Poster Image
age 9+
This sometimes-obnoxious comedy is no Elf.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2005)
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Where the Red Fern Grows Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Moving version of the classic novel.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1974)
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The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales Book Poster Image
age 9+
Two dozen folktales full of humor and history.
By Virginia Hamilton
(1985)
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Maniac Magee Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Exciting, moving story explores racism, myth making.
By Jerry Spinelli
(1990)
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Bud, Not Buddy Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Well-crafted tale of an orphan's search for home.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(1999)
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Rebound Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Tired comedy about middle school basketball.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2005)
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Book Poster Image
age 9+
A classic that both adults and kids love.
By Lewis Carroll
(1865)
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A Wrinkle in Time Book Poster Image
age 9+
Classic sci-fi story still inspires and gets kids thinking.
By Madeleine L'Engle
(1962)
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Elijah of Buxton Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Funny, powerful, masterful tale of escaped slaves.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2007)
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The Arrival Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Wordless immigrant story is a visual masterpiece.
By Shaun Tan
(2007)
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The Mysterious Benedict Society Book Poster Image
age 9+
Suspenseful mystery with a Lemony Snicket vibe.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2007)
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Eleven Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Poignant tale of dyslexic boy seeking clues to his past.
By Patricia Reilly Giff
(2008)
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