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The Lost Rainforest: Mez's Magic Book Poster Image
age 9+
Action-packed but scattered tale of magic talking animals.
By Eliot Schrefer
(2018)
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DisneyNOW - Shows & Live TV App Poster Image
age 9+
Disney Channel faves plus branded games; lots of ads.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle Fire
(2017)
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Yousician - Your personal music teacher App Poster Image
age 9+
Slick, high-priced tool teaches kids core musical skills.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android
(2017)
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The Tune Zoo App Poster Image
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age 9+
Whimsical music-maker includes great info, records video.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
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The Passion Live Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Stirring modern-day musical retelling of Easter story.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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The Hidden Oracle: The Trials of Apollo, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Worthy addition to the mythological world of Percy Jackson.
By Rick Riordan
(2016)
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Adventures of Poco Eco - Lost Sounds App Poster Image
age 9+
A meditative musical journey through a lush neon wonderland.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2016)
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Jem and the Holograms Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Strong messages can't save otherwise so-so adaptation.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Piano Maestro by JoyTunes App Poster Image
age 9+
Activities, animations get older kids and tween practicing.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
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BandBlast - The Music Education Revolution App Poster Image
age 9+
Make practice time a breeze with fun games and videos.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Blackbird Fly Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Super relatable heroine, lots of middle school drama.
By Erin Entrada Kelly
(2015)
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Katie Friedman Gives Up Texting! (And Lives to Tell About It.) Book Poster Image
age 9+
Fun text-gone-wrong tale promotes offline relationships.
By Tommy Greenwald
(2015)
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Fall of Heroes: The Cloak Society, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Superheroes make a comeback in crash-pow installment.
By Jeramey Kraatz
(2014)
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Lessonface Website Poster Image
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age 9+
Learn an instrument online with live lessons from real pros.
URL: http://www.lessonface.com
(2014)
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Black Nativity Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Christmas musical is feel-good story of faith, forgiveness.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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Fraboom Online Children's Museum Website Poster Image
age 9+
Tons of learning and goofy fun could be better organized.
URL: http://www.fraboom.com
(2014)
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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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The Winner Is TV Poster Image
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age 9+
Family-friendly singing competition with some sad stories.
Network: NBC
(2013)
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Teacher's Pest: Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #3 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Bug-monsters offer light horror hijinks in third volume.
By Charles Gilman
(2013)
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Alchemy ~ Genetics App Poster Image
age 9+
Kids create crazy animal combos in fun but repetitive app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
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