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Legend: The Graphic Novel Book Poster Image
age 12+
Graphic adaptation of popular sci-fi novel seems oddly flat.
By Marie Lu, Leigh Dragoon
(2015)
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Invisible Girl Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Searing memoir of growing up in troubled family offers hope.
By Mariel Hemingway, Ben Greenman
(2015)
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Dove Arising Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Lunar military adventure has strong teen girl at center.
By Karen Bao
(2015)
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The Kidney Hypothetical: Or How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days Book Poster Image
age 12+
Rapid-fire story of boy's horrible final week of school.
By Lisa Yee
(2015)
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The Third Twin Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Gripping thriller skimps on character development.
By CJ Omololu
(2015)
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Shelter 2 Game Poster Image
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age 12+
Poetic but flawed, confused game falls short of potential.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2015)
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How I Discovered Poetry Book Poster Image
age 12+
Poet's moving memoir in free verse charts '50s childhood.
By Marilyn Nelson
(2014)
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The Shadow Cabinet: Shades of London, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Nail-biting page-turner jolts ghost series back to life.
By Maureen Johnson
(2015)
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SciStarter Website Poster Image
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age 12+
Citizen-science database has clunky search, info concerns.
URL: http://scistarter.com
(2015)
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Fugly! Movie Poster Image
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age 17+
Uneven dark comedy follows a stand-up comedian's failures.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Togetherness TV Poster Image
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age 17+
Muted comedy explores marriage and sex (or lack thereof).
Network: HBO
(2015)
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Diamond Boy Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Heartbreaking, powerful tale amid diamond mines of Zimbabwe.
By Michael Williams
(2014)
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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Game Poster Image
age 12+
Fun, engaging adventure despite fantasy violence.
Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2015)
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Haganai TV Poster Image
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age 17+
Racy sexual content overshadows insightful anime's messages.
Network: Hulu
(2011)
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That's Superhuman! TV Poster Image
age 12+
Remarkable human feats entertain in reality series.
Network: Discovery Family Channel
(2014)
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Atlantia Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Strong heroine, creative premise, but a floundering fantasy.
By Ally Condie
(2014)
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An Evergreen Christmas Movie Poster Image
age 12+
Well-meaning but generic holiday story with mature themes.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Cristela TV Poster Image
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age 12+
Likable female star stands out in stereotype-heavy sitcom.
Network: ABC
(2014)
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Are You Here Movie Poster Image
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age 17+
Flawed friendship dramedy has plenty of drugs, some sex.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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Transparent TV Poster Image
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age 17+
Darkly comic series tours gender identity, family dynamics.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2014)
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