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The Extra Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Harrowing tale of Gypsy film extra in World War II.
By Kathryn Lasky
(2013)
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The Children of Willesden Lane Book Poster Image
age 12+
Inspiring story of teen pianist who escaped Nazis in WWII.
By Mona Golabek, Lee Cohen
(2003)
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Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the World Book Poster Image
age 9+
Wonderful intro to 27 musicians and their unique styles.
By Robbie Robertson, Jim Guerinot, Sebastian Robertson, Jared Levine
(2013)
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Blythewood: The Blythewood Tales, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Girl fights mythical beings in thrilling school fantasy.
By Carol Goodman
(2013)
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The Kite Runner Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Brilliant, violent Afghanistan novel will enlighten teens.
By Khaled Hosseini
(2003)
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P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified Man: P.K. Pinkerton, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Sequel hits stride in weird, appealing Wild West tale.
By Caroline Lawrence
(2013)
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Divided We Fall, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Provocative military tale asks tough patriotism questions.
By Trent Reedy
(2014)
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Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies Book Poster Image
age 7+
Fascinating profiles celebrate women of American Revolution.
By Cokie Roberts
(2014)
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Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything Book Poster Image
age 6+
Lively, frank portrait of Jefferson, flaws and all.
By Maira Kalman
(2014)
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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey TV Poster Image
age 10+
Update of Sagan classic is smart, visually spectacular.
Network: Fox, National Geographic Channel
(2014)
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The Square Movie Poster Image
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age 16+
Unflinching, violent, but excellent docu on Arab Spring.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade Book Poster Image
age 4+
Stunning design and story inspires passion for art-making.
By Melissa Sweet
(2011)
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Going Over Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Passionate, poetic story of love across the Berlin Wall.
By Beth Kephart
(2014)
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Pioneers of Television TV Poster Image
age 12+
Overview of TV's key contributions, including edgy moments.
Network: PBS
(2008)
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The Boundless Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Gripping historical adventure aboard a gigantic train.
By Kenneth Oppel
(2014)
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Roots Movie Poster Image
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age 14+
Classic miniseries is essential viewing for mature teens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1977)
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The Round House Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Complex adult book explores rape survival, reservation life.
By Louise Erdrich
(2012)
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I Lived on Butterfly Hill Book Poster Image
age 10+
Moving story of Chilean girl's escape from a dictatorship.
By Marjorie Agosin
(2014)
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Valiant Hearts: The Great War Game Poster Image
age 13+
An educational, emotional exploration of World War I.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2018)
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Anita: Speaking Truth to Power Movie Poster Image
age 13+
Riveting docu may inspire discussion of sexual harassment.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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