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A.X.L. Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Pro-STEM twist in often violent sci-fi boy-and-"dog" tale.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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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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My Talking Tom 2 App Poster Image
age 9+
Simple virtual cat sim packed full of ads, bathroom humor.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2018)
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Celebrity Animal Encounters TV Poster Image
age 9+
Animated retellings have broad appeal but some iffy stuff.
Network: Animal Planet
(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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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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Little Women Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Strong female characters shine in classic book adaptation.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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Dragon Bones: The Unwanteds Quests, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Magical twin girls shine in this slow-starting story.
By Lisa McMann
(2018)
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Red Dog: True Blue Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Coming-of-age tale has mild action and peril.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic Book Poster Image
age 9+
Fab art and cool new world as time periods collide.
By Armand Baltazar
(2017)
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Four and a Half Friends TV Poster Image
age 9+
Mystery solving series has relatable, positive themes.
Network: Starz
(2015)
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Aniscience App Poster Image
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age 9+
Appealing science intro needs more supporting material.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android, Windows app
(2017)
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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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Ozzy: The Fast and Furriest Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Potty humor, bullying, dark tone in animated dog tale.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Book-based comedy has some rebellion, light romance.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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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 Great Gilly Hopkins Movie Poster Image
age 9+
Book-based drama has strong messages on family, friendship.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Foxheart Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Girl and dog pal face riveting, intense fight to save magic.
By Claire Legrand
(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 Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes Book Poster Image
age 9+
Creative take on quest tale marred by hurried storytelling.
By Wade Albert White
(2016)
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