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The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
A cliff-hanging orphan adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(1999)
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Where the Red Fern Grows Book Poster Image
age 9+
Tearjerker about country boy and his hound dogs.
By Wilson Rawls
(1961)
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A Wrinkle in Time Book Poster Image
age 9+
Classic sci-fi story still inspires and gets kids thinking.
By Madeleine L'Engle
(1962)
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Elijah of Buxton Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Funny, powerful, masterful tale of escaped slaves.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2007)
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The Arrival Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Wordless immigrant story is a visual masterpiece.
By Shaun Tan
(2007)
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Rudy Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Inspiring sports film about a real-life underdog.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1993)
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Family Ties TV Poster Image
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age 11+
Classic 1980s sitcom's messages still ring true today.
Network: Syndicated, Discovery Family Channel
(1982)
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Wonderstruck Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Inventive story of runaways in New York, 50 years apart.
By Brian Selznick
(2011)
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Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Exciting enchanted forest adventure to save baby brother.
By Colin Meloy
(2011)
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Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans Book Poster Image
age 9+
Beautifully illustrated account of African-American history.
By Kadir Nelson
(2011)
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Royal Trouble: Hidden Adventures HD App Poster Image
age 9+
Hidden-object adventure protagonists show value of teamwork.
Devices: iPad
(2012)
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"Who Could That Be at This Hour?": All the Wrong Questions, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Snicket in fine form as a 12-year-old solving noir mystery.
By Lemony Snicket
(2012)
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Joshua Dread Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Hilarious saga of middle-schooler with supervillain parents.
By Lee Bacon
(2012)
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Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America Book Poster Image
age 9+
Captivating storytelling makes these heroes relatable.
By Andrea Davis Pinkney
(2012)
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Under the Empyrean Sky: The Heartland Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Thought-provoking, dystopian eco-adventure great for boys.
By Chuck Wendig
(2013)
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"When Did You See Her Last?": All the Wrong Questions, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
More playful sequel, even as menace and mystery build.
By Lemony Snicket
(2013)
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File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents Book Poster Image
age 9+
Fun, clever mini-mysteries let readers play detective.
By Lemony Snicket
(2014)
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The Thickety: A Path Begins Book Poster Image
age 11+
Thrilling, brilliant witch tale is vividly violent, scary.
By J.A. White
(2014)
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A Horse Called Hero Book Poster Image
age 9+
Exciting, moving WWII tale a gem; not only for horse lovers.
By Sam Angus
(2014)
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The Specials TV Poster Image
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age 9+
Webby-winning reality show encourages respect for diversity.
Network: OWN
(2014)
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