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Animal Jam - Play Wild! App Poster Image
age 9+
Virtual world shallowly focuses on toys, chats with others.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2016)
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TikTok - Real Short Videos App Poster Image
age 16+
Sing, lip-synch, and share videos; watch for iffy content.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
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Jem and the Holograms Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Strong messages can't save otherwise so-so adaptation.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Broken Ground: Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Solid storytelling, intensity in spin-off series sequel.
By Victoria Schwab
(2015)
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Amy Movie Poster Image
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age 16+
Devastatingly compelling docu about talent gone too soon.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Piano Maestro by JoyTunes App Poster Image
age 9+
Activities, animations get older kids and tween practicing.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
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Zarafa Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Enchanting African fable with some scares and sadness.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Kingdom Game Poster Image
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age 9+
Use resources, strategy, skills to repel invading monsters.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2015)
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Bessie Movie Poster Image
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age 16+
Gritty biopic has sex, violence, drinking, great music.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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BandBlast - The Music Education Revolution App Poster Image
age 9+
Make practice time a breeze with fun games and videos.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Airscape: The Fall of Gravity Game Poster Image
age 9+
Octopus-out-of-water tale has a lot of gravity, confusion.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2015)
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TIDAL App Poster Image
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age 16+
Jay-Z-fronted music and video service; no content filter.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
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Blackbird Fly Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Super relatable heroine, lots of middle school drama.
By Erin Entrada Kelly
(2015)
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bandcamp Website Poster Image
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age 16+
Musicians' portal draws true fans, isn't pushy for money.
URL: http://bandcamp.com/
(2015)
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Katie Friedman Gives Up Texting! (And Lives to Tell About It.) Book Poster Image
age 9+
Fun text-gone-wrong tale promotes offline relationships.
By Tommy Greenwald
(2015)
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Rudderless Movie Poster Image
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age 16+
Touching drama about father remembering lost son with music.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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Jimi: All Is By My Side Movie Poster Image
age 16+
Unique biopic focuses on one year of guitarist's wild life.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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Empire TV Poster Image
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age 16+
Musical melodrama explores family, fame, and homophobia.
Network: Fox
(2015)
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Virunga Movie Poster Image
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age 16+
Outstanding but shattering docu set in war-torn Congo.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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The Zoo at the Edge of the World Book Poster Image
age 9+
Bullied kid talks with animals in colonial fantasy tale.
By Eric Kahn Gale
(2014)
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