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Kira-Kira Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Girl faces racism, sister's cancer in touching tale.
By Cynthia Kadohata
(2005)
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The Wednesday Wars Book Poster Image
age 10+
Funny, breathtakingly poignant '60s coming-of-age tale.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2007)
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Spider-Man 2 Soundtrack Music Poster Image
age 10+
Ponderous rock by some interesting new artists.
By Various Artists
(2004)
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Princess Academy Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Would-be princesses show grit, wisdom in empowering tale.
By Shannon Hale
(2006)
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Holiday Movie Poster Image
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age 10+
Old-fashioned Grant/Hepburn classic still charms.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1938)
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Cheaper by the Dozen Movie Poster Image
age 10+
Inferior remake of 1950 classic has sexual references.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2003)
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Spider-Man 3 Soundtrack Music Poster Image
age 10+
A web of hip and kid-friendly indie tunes.
By Various Artists
(2007)
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Spider-Man: Friend or Foe Game Poster Image
age 10+
A fun brawler for younger players with co-op mode.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Windows, PlayStation 2
(2007)
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Inside Out and Back Again Book Poster Image
age 10+
Inspiring, educational immigrant story told in free verse.
By Thanhha Lai
(2011)
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Zoom: Academy for Superheroes Movie Poster Image
age 10+
Dull superhero tale has comic book violence, potty humor.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2006)
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Marvel Super Hero Squad Game Poster Image
age 10+
Loads of fighting with heroes but has funny, spoofy vibe.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii, PSP, PlayStation 2
(2009)
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Megamind: Ultimate Showdown Game Poster Image
age 10+
Game starts where movie ends; jammed with sci-fi fighting.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
(2010)
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Spider-Man: Total Mayhem App Poster Image
age 10+
Straightforward brawler does justice to comic book hero.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
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X-Men App Poster Image
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age 10+
Cartoon violence with no blood in arcade remake.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2011)
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Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty App Poster Image
age 10+
Fun comic book action, but lacks originality and length.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2011)
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PowerUp Heroes Game Poster Image
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age 10+
Kinect fighter has players mimick aggressive motions.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2011)
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The Amazing Spider-Man: An Origin Story App Poster Image
age 10+
Some violent themes in picture book aimed at young fans.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
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The Lions of Little Rock Book Poster Image
age 10+
Poignant story of a shy girl who speaks for social justice.
By Kristin Levine
(2012)
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The Amazing Adventures of John Smith, Jr., aka Houdini Book Poster Image
age 10+
Relatable, realistic story of a teen boy in a rough 'hood.
By Peter Johnson
(2012)
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Wonder Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Moving tale of facially different boy with inner beauty.
By R.J. Palacio
(2012)
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