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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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NBA Ballers: Chosen One Game Poster Image
age 9+
Stripped down b-ball, arcade, for niche players.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
(2008)
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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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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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Xiaolin Showdown TV Poster Image
age 9+
Unlikely plots and martial arts clichés.
Network: WB
(2003)
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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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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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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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The Sandlot 2 Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
So-so sequel to a favorite kids' movie.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2005)
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Heat Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Engaging story about a pitching prodigy.
By Mike Lupica
(2006)
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We Are Marshall Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Conventional football drama doesn't quite score.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2006)
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FIFA Soccer 08 Game Poster Image
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age 9+
Excellent soccer sim series got a little harder.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2
(2007)
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The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy TV Poster Image
age 9+
Scary, cynical, gross, and not meant for kids.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2003)
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Treasure Planet Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Outer-space pirate treasure hunt lots of fun; fab animation.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2002)
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A Wrinkle in Time (2004) Movie Poster Image
age 9+
TV movie version of classic tale; some scares, bullying.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2004)
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Harriet the Spy Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Book-based movie has some bullying, name-calling.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1997)
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We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball Book Poster Image
age 9+
Amazing paintings + compelling history = a grand slam.
By Kadir Nelson
(2008)
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Baseball Great Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Clunky but taut story of Little League steroids.
By Tim Green
(2009)
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