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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Book Poster Image
age 11+
Powerful penultimate book mines Voldemort's past.
By J. K. Rowling
(2005)
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The Apothecary Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Cold War kids use magic to save world in brilliant novel.
By Maile Meloy
(2011)
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Aquaria App Poster Image
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age 11+
Stunning undersea adventure is about character development.
Devices: iPad
(2011)
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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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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Game Poster Image
age 11+
Compelling story with strong role models, loss, and battles.
Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2013)
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The Thickety: A Path Begins Book Poster Image
age 11+
Thrilling, brilliant witch tale is vividly violent, scary.
By J.A. White
(2014)
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Echo Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Tales of injustice masterfully blend with a dash of magic.
By Pam Munoz Ryan
(2015)
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The Shepherd's Crown: Tiffany Aching Adventures, Book 5 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Final Discworld novel hits the mark with rich fantasy.
By Terry Pratchett
(2015)
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Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 Remix Game Poster Image
age 11+
Hearty collection of remastered series adventures.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2017)
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The Empty Grave: Lockwood & Co., Book 5 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Rousing finale to scary ghost series sure to satisfy fans.
By Jonathan Stroud
(2017)
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Out from Boneville: Bone, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Now-classic comics saga gets off to a rousing start.
By Jeff Smith
(2005)
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The Room: Old Sins App Poster Image
age 11+
Fourth in intricate, beautiful, clever puzzler series.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
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Teppen App Poster Image
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age 11+
Fantastic Capcom-based card game is impossible to put down.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
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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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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Soundtrack Music Poster Image
age 11+
This will be a must-have for die-hard fans.
By Howard Shore
(2003)
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Ghostbusters Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Paranormal '80s classic has some scares, innuendo.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1984)
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A Wizard Abroad Book Poster Image
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age 11+
High fantasy -- with a dose of Irish mythology.
By Diane Duane
(1993)
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The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Witty and sharp fantasy with complex characters.
By Jonathan Stroud
(2004)
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Bones of Faerie Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Intriguing combination of magic and apocalypse.
By Janni Lee Simner
(2009)
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