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Messenger: The Giver, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Mythic vibe in engaging story of boy with healing powers.
By Lois Lowry
(2014)
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Gathering Blue: The Giver, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Captivating quest tale pits gifted girl against brutal odds.
By Lois Lowry
(1014)
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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Book Poster Image
age 11+
Compelling tale of family facing racism in '30s Mississippi.
By Mildred D. Taylor
(1976)
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Sense and Sensibility Movie Poster Image
age 11+
A lush and witty adaptation of Jane Austen's novel.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1995)
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Little Women Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Lovely Alcott adaptation tugs at the heartstrings.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1994)
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WarGames Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Suspenseful Cold War tale with teen gamer in control.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1983)
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One Crazy Summer Book Poster Image
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age 11+
A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2010)
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Family Ties TV Poster Image
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age 11+
Classic 1980s sitcom's messages still ring true today.
Network: Syndicated, Discovery Family Channel
(1982)
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The Facts of Life TV Poster Image
age 11+
Wholesome '80s coming-of-age sitcom tackles serious issues.
Network: NBC
(1979)
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Amelia Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Period biopic is uplifting but doesn’t truly soar.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2009)
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The Ellen DeGeneres Show TV Poster Image
age 11+
Ellen brings humor and positive messages to daytime.
Network: NBC, Syndicated
(2003)
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A Far Off Place Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
African survival tale not for sensitive animal lovers.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1993)
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The Witches of Oz Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Muddled Oz-based fantasy has some intense action.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2012)
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The Gods Must Be Crazy II Movie Poster Image
age 11+
Charming sequel retains madcap whimsy of family classic.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1990)
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Dirty Jobs Down Under with Mike Rowe TV Poster Image
age 11+
Spin-off takes ick and shtick to Australia; some language.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2012)
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Just Dance 4 Game Poster Image
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age 11+
Popular dancing game continues to entertain with new music.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
(2012)
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Splendors and Glooms Book Poster Image
age 11+
Dark, magical, Dickensian page-turner for tweens.
By Laura Amy Schlitz
(2012)
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The Mistle-Tones Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Festive music accents sweet story that has bullying themes.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2012)
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Curses! Foiled Again Book Poster Image
age 11+
Teen girl defends Faerie in lively graphic novel sequel.
By Jane Yolen
(2013)
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Betty & Coretta Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Moving tribute to two civil rights widows' legacies.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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