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Nightfall: Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 6 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Teen elves face cosmic peril, crushes in epic installment.
By Shannon Messenger
(2017)
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Trollhunters TV Poster Image
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age 9+
Action-packed adventure show has scares, great role model.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
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Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Beautiful epic about storytelling hero can be dark, scary.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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Alice Through the Looking Glass Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Uneven, less-violent sequel has girl-empowerment theme.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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Goosebumps Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Action, monsters, humor in R.L. Stine adaptation.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Undertale Game Poster Image
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age 9+
Satirical RPG endorses peaceful conflict resolution.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2015)
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Artemis Fowl Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Witty and exciting series start with irresistible antihero.
By Eoin Colfer
(2001)
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Warriors Series Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Cat clans mirror human issues in popular series.
By Erin Hunter, Cherith Baldry, Kate Cary, Tui T. Sutherland
(2003)
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Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Super-imaginative adventures of girl whisked to elf world.
By Shannon Messenger
(2012)
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Breadcrumbs Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Brilliant tale of girl's enchanted-woods search for friend.
By Anne Ursu
(2011)
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The Hobbit Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Brilliantly written, inventive pre-LOTR tale.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
(1937)
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Kid-friendly thriller is fun, if lacking in real magic.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2010)
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Disney's A Christmas Carol Movie Poster Image
age 9+
3-D adaptation of classic holiday tale may scare young kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2009)
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Coraline Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Cool but creepy animated fantasy too scary for young kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2009)
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The Battle of the Labyrinth: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Thrilling fourth Percy Jackson sets war in motion.
By Rick Riordan
(2008)
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The Titan's Curse: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 9+
More excitement at the Percy Jackson series midpoint.
By Rick Riordan
(2007)
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The Sea of Monsters: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Exciting myth-based series continues.
By Rick Riordan
(2006)
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The Graveyard Book Book Poster Image
age 9+
Tale of boy raised by ghosts is both creepy and warmhearted.
By Neil Gaiman
(2008)
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Bridge to Terabithia Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Beautiful lesson in friendship for young and old.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2007)
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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Timeless classic faithfully rendered.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2005)
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