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Thirteen Days Movie Poster Image
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age 14+
Superb film about Cuban missile crisis, best for older kids.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Coal Miner's Daughter Movie Poster Image
age 14+
Loretta Lynn's tough but heartwarming biopic.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1980)
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For Whom the Bell Tolls Book Poster Image
age 14+
Profound novel offers brutal view of Spanish Civil War.
By Ernest Hemingway
(1940)
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A Tale of Two Cities Book Poster Image
age 14+
Immortal romance is set against violent French Revolution.
By Charles Dickens
(1894)
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The Scarlet Letter Book Poster Image
age 14+
Classic novel of American religion, morality, and hypocrisy.
By Nathaniel Hawthorne
(1850)
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Book Poster Image
age 14+
Poetic autobiography reveals impact of racial prejudice.
By Maya Angelou
(1969)
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The Good Earth Book Poster Image
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Gritty, moving tale of couple in turn-of-the century China.
By Pearl S. Buck
(1931)
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The Latino List TV Poster Image
age 14+
Top-notch documentary features strong Latino role models.
Network: HBO
(2011)
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The Odyssey Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Essential, epic poem of Greek gods, monsters, and heroes.
By Homer
(1998)
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Black Boy Book Poster Image
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Moving autobiography reveals brutality of Jim Crow South.
By Richard Wright
(2007)
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Ropin' the Wind Music Poster Image
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age 14+
Garth's crossover blockbuster still strong decades later.
By Garth Brooks
(1991)
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Small Damages Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Luminous story of pregnant teen's summer in Spain.
By Beth Kephart
(2012)
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Days of Heaven Movie Poster Image
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age 14+
Unforgettable 1978 love triangle drama includes violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1978)
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The Latino List: Vol. 2 TV Poster Image
age 14+
Second volume profiles more strong Latino mentors.
Network: HBO
(2012)
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Eleanor & Park Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Intense '80s romance is a fabulous pick for mature teens.
By Rainbow Rowell
(2013)
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Dark Triumph: His Fair Assassin, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Beautiful, violent story of medieval love and tragedy.
By Robin LaFevers
(2013)
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Gris Grimly's Frankenstein Book Poster Image
age 14+
Illustrated version puts fresh, surreal spin on classic.
By Mary Shelley
(2013)
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Shakespeare in Bits: Julius Caesar App Poster Image
age 14+
Accessible app brings the Bard to life with animation, text.
Devices: iPad
(2014)
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Rose Under Fire Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Emotional story of WWII teen pilot in concentration camp.
By Elizabeth Wein
(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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