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The Serpent's Secret: Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Rushed, fun adventure with Indian princess in combat boots.
By Sayantani DasGupta
(2018)
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Winterhouse Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Perfectly set bookish mystery with some spooky stuff.
By Ben Guterson
(2018)
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Dragon Bones: The Unwanteds Quests, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Magical twin girls shine in this slow-starting story.
By Lisa McMann
(2018)
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The Last Gargoyle Book Poster Image
age 9+
Sweetness, monsters, gore in darkly appealing fantasy.
By Paul Durham
(2018)
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The Lost Rainforest: Mez's Magic Book Poster Image
age 9+
Action-packed but scattered tale of magic talking animals.
By Eliot Schrefer
(2018)
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Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic Book Poster Image
age 9+
Fab art and cool new world as time periods collide.
By Armand Baltazar
(2017)
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Thrill Ride Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
So-so treasure quest has some mild cursing, potty humor.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Game Poster Image
age 9+
Updated games have mild violence, mostly good messages.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
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Predator vs. Prey: Going Wild, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Superpowered tweens vs. mad scientist in exciting sequel.
By Lisa McMann
(2017)
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The Great Day (Le Grand Jour) Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Docu shows kids around the world working for their goals.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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Aniscience App Poster Image
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age 9+
Appealing science intro needs more supporting material.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android, Windows app
(2017)
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Chasing Coral Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Awe-inspiring, poignant docu tracks decline of coral reefs.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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From Percy Jackson: Camp Half-Blood Confidential: Your Real Guide to the Demigod Training Camp Book Poster Image
age 9+
Slim diversion between Trials of Apollo books just for fans.
By Rick Riordan
(2017)
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Pathfinder Adventures Game Poster Image
age 9+
Difficult digital card game ruined by troublesome bugs.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2017)
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Dragonwatch, Book 1: A Fablehaven Adventure Book Poster Image
age 9+
Wandering fantasy sequel will appeal to franchise fans.
By Brandon Mull
(2017)
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Match Land App Poster Image
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age 9+
Matching game is engaging but can sometimes move too fast.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
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Cavern of Secrets: Wing & Claw, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Well-paced animal-rescue sequel with admirable hero.
By Linda Sue Park
(2017)
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Blaster Master Zero Game Poster Image
age 9+
Old-school adventure reboot blasts its way to a new home.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch
(2017)
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The Farthest: Voyager in Space Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Fascinating docu on the history and discoveries of Voyager.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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Wrath of the Storm:  Mark of the Thief, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Exciting fantasy finale has magic, action, and a kiss.
By Jennifer A. Nielsen
(2017)
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