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Cocoon: The Return Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
A muddled morality tale.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1988)
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The Day the Earth Stood Still Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Sci-fi, pro-peace classic with some threats and violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1951)
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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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The Last Starfighter Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Lighthearted space adventure has a fun '80s feel.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1984)
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Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Great action, intense mood, but romance may bore kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2002)
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Treasure Planet Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Outer-space pirate treasure hunt lots of fun; fab animation.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2002)
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Kaput and Zosky TV Poster Image
age 9+
These little green guys want it all; tweens OK.
Network: Nicktoons
(2002)
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A Wrinkle in Time (2004) Movie Poster Image
age 9+
TV movie version of classic tale; some scares, bullying.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2004)
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Meet Dave Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Not as crass as Norbit, but as forgettable.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2008)
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The Black Hole Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Creepy robots and lukewarm ending haunt sci-fi classic.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1979)
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Super Stardust Delta Game Poster Image
age 9+
Classic twin-stick space shooter has only inanimate zapping.
Platforms: PlayStation Vita
(2012)
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No Place Like Home Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Predictable alien landing movie, with sibling name-calling.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2008)
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Visit to a Small Planet Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Jerry Lewis alien comedy has lots of mild sexual innuendo.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1960)
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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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Times Tables Warp: The Multiplication Facts Game App Poster Image
age 9+
Arcade action flies kids through times tables.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2013)
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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda: Origami Yoda, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Funny, charming tale of middle school crushes, friendships.
By Tom Angleberger
(2010)
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Word Wonderland (Elementary) App Poster Image
age 9+
Engaging game, but learning seems incidental, lacks depth.
Devices: iPad, Android
(2013)
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Darth Paper Strikes Back: Origami Yoda, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Funny, oddball story about sticking up for a friend.
By Tom Angleberger
(2011)
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The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee: Origami Yoda, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Funny series continues with more folding and friendships.
By Tom Angleberger
(2012)
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The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett: Origami Yoda, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Clever sequel gets tweens to think about how they're taught.
By Tom Angleberger
(2013)
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