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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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Anne Frank Remembered Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Powerful look at the Holocaust through teen eyes.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1995)
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Number the Stars Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Stirring tale of girl who smuggles Jews to safety in WWII.
By Lois Lowry
(1989)
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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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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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Ice Island Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Tense adventure as dogsled run becomes race for survival.
By Sherry Shahan
(2012)
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Make Believers Music Poster Image
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age 2+
Eclectic music with sweet lyrics and great messages.
By Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
(2012)
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Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Super-imaginative adventures of girl whisked to elf world.
By Shannon Messenger
(2012)
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A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel Book Poster Image
age 9+
Sensitive adaptation of classic sci-fi adventure.
By Madeleine L'Engle, Hope Larson
(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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Virals: Book 1 Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Exciting story of murder-solving heroine with superpowers.
By Kathy Reichs
(2010)
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Destiny, Rewritten Book Poster Image
age 9+
Utterly charming tale of Berkeley girl in search of father.
By Kathryn Fitzmaurice
(2013)
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The Whatnot Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Half-faery siblings face cosmic battle in exciting sequel.
By Stefan Bachmann
(2013)
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Wadjda Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Beautiful, nuanced tale of an independent Saudi girl.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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Red Is Best Book Poster Image
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age 2+
Delightful, sweet story celebrates independence.
By Kathy Stinson
(2011)
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The Magic Half Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Clever time-travel mystery about twins has some mild danger.
By Annie Barrows
(2009)
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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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