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Brawl Stars App Poster Image
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age 10+
Multiplayer fun marred by slow controls and a slower grind.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2019)
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NBA 2K19 Game Poster Image
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age 10+
Basketball sim boosts content, but old issues still remain.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
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The Burning Maze: The Trials of Apollo, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Evil Caligula reigns again in high-action Apollo sequel.
By Rick Riordan
(2018)
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Subnautica Game Poster Image
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age 11+
Gorgeous, challenging, atmospheric underwater thriller.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
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Hidden Figures Movie Poster Image
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age 10+
Inspiring true story of African-American women at NASA.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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Steep Game Poster Image
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age 10+
Exhilarating extreme sports game has dangerous stunts.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2016)
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FIFA 17 Game Poster Image
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age 10+
Updated soccer game; improved features score dynamite goal.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2016)
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Movie Poster Image
age 11+
Action sequel funnier than the first but still only OK.
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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The Thing About Jellyfish Book Poster Image
age 10+
Beautiful, grief-tinged, coming-of-age story has it all.
By Ali Benjamin
(2015)
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McFarland, USA Movie Poster Image
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age 10+
Poignant story about Latino runners a winner for families.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Poster Image
age 11+
Reboot offers impressive action, distracting innuendo.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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Super Smash Bros. Wii U Game Poster Image
age 11+
Cartoonishly violent brawler very deep and engaging.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2014)
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The Wind Rises Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Lovely, contemplative tale of famed aeronautical engineer.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Game Poster Image
age 11+
Terrific handheld transition for classic fighting game.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2014)
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Forza Motorsport 5 Game Poster Image
age 10+
Kids steer exotic cars around tracks -- with open chat.
Platforms: Xbox One
(2013)
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Counting by 7s Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Striking tale of quirky girl connecting after parental loss.
By Holly Goldberg Sloan
(2013)
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Pikmin 3 Game Poster Image
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age 10+
Fun and colorful strategy/puzzle game is a Wii U must-have.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
(2013)
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42 Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Inspiring Jackie Robinson biopic has great messages.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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Chasing Mavericks Movie Poster Image
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age 10+
Trite but inspiring teen surf story has some sad moments.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2012)
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