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A Monster Calls Movie Poster Image
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age 12+
Heartrending adaptation explores the enormity of grief.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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Sing Movie Poster Image
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age 7+
Musical has great songs, slapstick laughs, mixed messages.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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Andi Mack TV Poster Image
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age 10+
Heartwarming, diverse coming-of-age story best for tweens.
Network: Disney Channel
(2017)
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Game Poster Image
age 10+
Vast adventure with some combat rewards logical thinking.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U
(2017)
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Ride TV Poster Image
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age 8+
Diversity, resilience stand out in likable tween dramedy.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2017)
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Hunt for the Wilderpeople Movie Poster Image
age 12+
Quirky Kiwi dramedy promotes teamwork, friendship.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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Dark Horse Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Stirring, inspiring docu about unlikely champion.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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Stardew Valley Game Poster Image
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age 10+
Absorbing farm simulation is fun; some confusing segments.
Platforms: Windows
(2016)
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Shaun the Sheep Movie Movie Poster Image
age 5+
Tons of barn-animal fun in sweet stop-motion adventure.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School Book Poster Image
age 8+
Shout-out to screen-free time in 10th funny installment.
By Jeff Kinney
(2015)
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The Longest Ride Movie Poster Image
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age 14+
Formulaic but still romantic Sparks adaptation gets steamy.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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The War That Saved My Life Book Poster Image
age 9+
Abused girl finds courage, family in compelling WWII story.
By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
(2015)
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Goat Simulator App Poster Image
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age 11+
Silly, outrageous sim with some cartoonish violence.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Book Poster Image
age 8+
Family road trip goes hilariously awry in 9th installment.
By Jeff Kinney
(2014)
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BoJack Horseman TV Poster Image
age 15+
Talking animals too crass for the kids it might attract.
Network: Netflix
(2014)
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Hay Day App Poster Image
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age 13+
Farming sim has lots of features but slow progression.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
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The Elder Scrolls Online Game Poster Image
age 16+
Online fantasy game is rooted heavily in bloody violence.
Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2014)
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My Little Pony: Equestria Girls Movie Poster Image
age 6+
Ponies turn into teens in cute but highly commercial 'toon.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Movie Poster Image
age 9+
More Wimpy Kid fun mixed with worthy messages, potty humor.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2012)
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Magic Tree House Series Book Poster Image
age 6+
Fun, educational chapter books have something for everyone.
By Mary Pope Osborne
(1992)
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