All Reviews

From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess Book Poster Image
age 8+
Biracial heroine freshens up fun Princess Diaries spin-off.
By Meg Cabot
(2015)
Ruby on the Outside Book Poster Image
age 8+
Honest, affecting story of fifth-grader with mom in prison.
By Nora Raleigh Baskin
(2015)
The Day My Butt Went Psycho TV Poster Image
age 8+
Bizarre tales of boy and his bottom have meager messages.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
Roller Girl Book Poster Image
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age 8+
With girl power galore, graphic novel is great for tweens.
By Victoria Jamieson
(2015)
Back to the Jurassic Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Funny dino time-travel tale with some cartoonish violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
Lego Mindstorms Fix the Factory App Poster Image
age 8+
LEARNING
Program robots in short coding puzzler; tricky later levels.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
PennyOwl App Poster Image
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age 8+
LEARNING
Hands-on money management with storefront and savings.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
Summer's Shadow Movie Poster Image
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age 8+
Squeaky-clean dog caper is weighed down by heavy themes.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
Into the Dorkness: Galaxy's Most Wanted, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Science-nerd tweens battle aliens in fast-paced, fun sequel.
By John Kloepfer
(2015)
Amulet Keepers: TombQuest, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 8+
More mummified chills and thrills, this time in London.
By Michael Northrop
(2015)
Arloon Mental Math App Poster Image
age 8+
LEARNING
Go paperless with fast-paced games that build math fluency.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
The Secrets of the Storm Vortex: The Lightning Catcher, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 8+
Sequel stays highly imaginative but lacks momentum.
By Anne Cameron
(2015)
Pillar Game Poster Image
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age 8+
Confusing puzzler based on personality types misses mark.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360
(2015)
Inside Out Thought Bubbles App Poster Image
age 8+
LEARNING
In-app purchases dominate amusing strategy game.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2015)
Badland: Game of the Year Edition Game Poster Image
age 8+
Fun, challenging side-scrolling fantasy adventure.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox One
(2015)
Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition Game Poster Image
age 8+
LEARNING
Fun, balanced puzzler with StreetPass features.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2015)
Twintuition: Double Vision Book Poster Image
age 8+
Magic happens when twins touch in fun tween romp.
By Tia Mowry, Tamera Mowry
(2015)
Molecules to the MAX! Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Animated short film aims to make science fun for all ages.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
AJ Jump: Animal Jam Kangaroos! App Poster Image
age 8+
LEARNING
Addictive endless jumper misses mark on some features.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2015)
Motion Math: Cupcake! App Poster Image
age 8+
LEARNING
Sweet bakery sim serves up adaptive learning, lots of fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)

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