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Ys Origin Game Poster Image
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age 13+
Fun remastered role-playing game keeps old tech issues.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
(2017)
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King's Cage: Red Queen, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Author returns to form with nail-biting third installment.
By Victoria Aveyard
(2017)
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Carve the Mark Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Twist-filled fantasy romance is occasionally dark, violent.
By Veronica Roth
(2017)
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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King Game Poster Image
age 13+
Epic RPG adventure with some violence, mild innuendo.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
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Beat Maker Go! - Make Music & Beats With Drum Pad App Poster Image
age 13+
Ads and learning curve out of sync with cool features.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
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The Keys of Christmas Movie Poster Image
age 13+
Bah, humbug. An extended holiday music video with cursing.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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Amazon Music App Poster Image
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age 13+
Account-based music player; no ads, but no parent controls.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
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Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids Movie Poster Image
age 13+
Engaging concert film has some cursing, provocative songs.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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Sing Street Movie Poster Image
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age 13+
Brilliant (if edgy) musical drama celebrates creativity.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness Game Poster Image
age 13+
Despite fun battle sequences, this is a mediocre sci-fi RPG.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2016)
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The Shadow Queen: Ravenspire, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Magic, dragons, and romance bolster mildly flawed fantasy.
By C. J. Redwine
(2016)
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A Royal Night Out Movie Poster Image
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age 13+
Comic fairy-tale romp has drinking, sexual situations.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Truthwitch: A Witchlands Novel Book Poster Image
age 13+
Strong female leads navigate a confusing magic world.
By Susan Dennard
(2016)
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Fat Princess Adventures Game Poster Image
age 13+
Un-PC violent action game has fun, accessible humor, play.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2015)
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Winter: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Blockbuster finale to addictive sci-fi fairy-tale series.
By Marissa Meyer
(2015)
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Ricki and the Flash Movie Poster Image
age 13+
Teen-friendly dramedy tackles big issues; some edgy content.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown Movie Poster Image
age 13+
Musical docu has great performances, strong vocab.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Guitar Hero Live Game Poster Image
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age 13+
Music game is fun, but lyrics, some features hit flat notes.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2015)
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Dragon Quest Heroes: The World’s Tree Woe and the Blight Below Game Poster Image
age 13+
Deep, fun, gratifying action RPG with cartoonish violence.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2015)
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Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight Game Poster Image
age 13+
Expanded RPG remake encourages exploration, micromanagement.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
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