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A Wolf Called Wander Book Poster Image
age 9+
Exciting, vivid fictionalized autobiography of famed wolf.
By Rosanne Parry
(2019)
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All the Greys on Greene Street Book Poster Image
age 9+
Girl copes with mom's depression in colorful '80s mystery.
By Laura Tucker
(2019)
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Talking Tom Hero Dash App Poster Image
age 9+
Mediocre runner for kids is bloated with ads.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2019)
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Aru Shah and the Song of Death: Pandava, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Quirky main characters pep up this Indian myth quest tale.
By Roshani Chokshi
(2019)
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Right as Rain Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Pitch-perfect story about loss and change inspires hope.
By Lindsey Stoddard
(2019)
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The Crossroads Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Refugee kids find new life in nuanced, relatable sequel.
By Alexandra Diaz
(2018)
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Amazon Prime Video App Poster Image
age 9+
Rich content library, imperfect parental controls.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows app
(2018)
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Willa of the Wood Book Poster Image
age 9+
Action-packed, violent, absorbing, heartfelt fantasy.
By Robert Beatty
(2018)
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The Cardboard Kingdom Book Poster Image
age 9+
Kids make up own brave adventures in fun tale of free play.
By Chad Sell
(2018)
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Celebrity Animal Encounters TV Poster Image
age 9+
Animated retellings have broad appeal but some iffy stuff.
Network: Animal Planet
(2018)
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Elementals: Ice Wolves Book Poster Image
age 9+
Shapeshifting twins tale slow to wow; series has potential.
By Amie Kaufman
(2018)
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Beast of Stone: Wing & Claw, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Animal series finale satisfies with many solid messages.
By Linda Sue Park
(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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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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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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The Great Treehouse War Book Poster Image
age 9+
Zany kids-vs.-parents tale is set against a tough divorce.
By Lisa Graff
(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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The Last Guardian Game Poster Image
age 9+
Big adventure charms with strong bond between kid and beast.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2016)
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Rebel Genius: Rebel Geniuses, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Creative fantasy blends art, mysticism, math, and magic.
By Michael Dante DiMartino
(2016)
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The Bronze Key: Magisterium, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Uneven magic-school threequel ends with jarring surprises.
By Holly Black, Cassandra Clare
(2016)
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