All Reviews

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12
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Two-volume set of exciting, affecting graphic novels examines war and religion through two teens in powerful historical fiction.
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By Gene Luen Yang
(2013)
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12
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Superb writing and gripping, lean, fast-paced action make this extraordinary survival story impossible to put down.  
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By Louis Nowra
(2013)
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12
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LEARNING
Thimble provides one of the most inviting and supportive environments available for kids who want to code and feel like they're a part of the learn-to-code movement.
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URL: https://thimble.webmaker.org/
(2013)
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12
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LEARNING
Kids will actually enjoy looking up words and playing around with WordFlex Touch Dictionary. By exploring, kids can develop a depth of understanding for old and new words and broaden their vocabularies. 
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Devices: iPad
(2013)
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AGE
12
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LEARNING
This impressive database of fine and classical art features museum collections from around the world and lets kids curate their own galleries for study and inspiration. 
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URL: http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/project/art-project
(2013)
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AGE
12
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LEARNING
Putting Mobile Observatory into kids' hands is like giving them full access to an observatory and planetarium along with a docent to guide them on their self-paced tour. 
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Devices: Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
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12
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LEARNING
A fantastic mystery mixed with more than 100 brainteasers makes for an armchair sleuth's dream.
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Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
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AGE
12
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Well-crafted mystery adventure with many surprises, interesting characters, and two smart, creative teen girls on the case.
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By Diana Renn
(2012)
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12
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LEARNING
Exciting over-the-top antics combined with the ability to design your own tracks make this racing game a winner.
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Platforms: Xbox 360
(2012)
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AGE
12
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Great fitness game even allows you to virtually run in cities around the world.
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Platforms: Xbox 360
(2011)
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12
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LEARNING
Brilliant puzzle enmeshed in a compelling story makes this thinking game a winner.
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Platforms: Nintendo DS
(2011)
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AGE
12
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Remarkable letters to a cyberbullied teen show the power of compassion.
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By Emily Buder, Olivia Gardner, Sarah Buder
(2008)
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AGE
12
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This TV movie offers lots of positive content about self-image, friendship, and family bonds for kids.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2011)
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AGE
12
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Full of clever puzzles and brainteasers, plus a twisting plotline that provides a great mental challenge for kids.
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Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
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AGE
12
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Sort of like Glee, only real, this British docuseries will have the whole family smiling (and probably singing!)
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Network: BBC America
(2010)
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AGE
12
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With everything from Alice in Wonderland to War and Peace, this program puts a library at your fingertips.
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Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
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AGE
12
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Bad luck piles up for the teen hero of this fun book, but he sets his sights on grander things at play in the world.
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By Lynne Rae Perkins
(2010)
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AGE
12
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Dive into the legend of Robin Hood with this well-done graphic novel that reads in teen-appropriate comic-book style.
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By Tony Lee
(2009)
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AGE
12
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With fun adventure games and challenging puzzles, this time-travel game may get kids interested in Shakespeare.
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Platforms: Windows
(2010)
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AGE
12
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A wide range of African American culture captured in video offers an alternative to YouTube.
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URL: http://blacktv247.com/
(2010)

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