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Trollhunters TV Poster Image
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age 9+
Action-packed adventure show has scares, great role model.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
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The Initiation: Lock and Key, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Suspenseful intro to a modern-day young Sherlock Holmes.
By Ridley Pearson
(2016)
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The Great Treehouse War Book Poster Image
age 9+
Zany kids-vs.-parents tale is set against a tough divorce.
By Lisa Graff
(2017)
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Wonderstruck Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Thoughtful, arty take on excellent Selznick novel.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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Where the Red Fern Grows (2003) Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Book-based drama is emotionally intense, with mild scares.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2003)
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Little Women TV Poster Image
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age 9+
Strong female characters shine in classic book adaptation.
Network: PBS
(2018)
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The Downward Spiral: Lock and Key, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Moodier young Sherlock sequel is chock-full of secrets.
By Ridley Pearson
(2017)
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Inkling Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Live ink blob helps family cope with loss in touching tale.
By Kenneth Oppel
(2018)
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Game of Stars: Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Girl becomes demon slayer in fun fantasy game show spoof.
By Sayantani DasGupta
(2019)
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Storm Boy Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Expect hunting violence in tear-jerking ecological tale.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2019)
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Okko's Inn Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Anime ghost story rich with Japanese culture, grief.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2019)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Adorable comedy about middle-school anxieties...and farts.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2010)
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A Christmas Carol (1984) Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Bleak but solid adaptation of Dickens' classic.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1984)
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Matilda Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Offbeat dark fantasy gem is intense, sometimes scary.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1996)
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The Adventures of Tintin Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Whirlwind animated adventure is a visual treat for tweens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2011)
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Disney's A Christmas Carol Movie Poster Image
age 9+
3-D adaptation of classic holiday tale may scare young kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2009)
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The Lord of the Rings (1978) Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Animated adventure too dated and dark for younger kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1978)
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The Shamer's Daughter II: The Serpent Gift (Skammerens datter II: Slangens gave) Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Disappointing fantasy sequel maintains violence; less gore.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2019)
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The Jungle Book (2016) Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Fangs and fur fly in visually dazzling but intense update.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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