Movie Reviews

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween Movie Poster Image
age 8+
Light frights in funny, tween-friendly creepfest.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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The Unteachables Book Poster Image
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age 8+
Triumph, life lessons fill hysterical middle school romp.
By Gordon Korman
(2019)
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Slayer Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Uneven series start picks up when Buffy TV series ends.
By Kiersten White
(2019)
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Far from the Tree Movie Poster Image
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age 10+
Touching docu about parents raising uniquely different kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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Pegasus: Pony with a Broken Wing Movie Poster Image
age 7+
Family-friendly story about a tween and a magical horse.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2019)
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Dog Diaries: A Middle School Story Book Poster Image
age 6+
Rafe's dog tells bouncy tale in Middle School spin-off.
By James Patterson, Steven Butler
(2018)
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Vanity Fair TV Poster Image
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age 12+
Bland literary adaptation even dulls edgy protagonist.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2018)
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Dactyl Hill Squad Book Poster Image
age 9+
Civil War-era kids ride dinos in New York in curious mashup.
By Daniel Jose Older
(2018)
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The Crossroads Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Refugee kids find new life in nuanced, relatable sequel.
By Alexandra Diaz
(2018)
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Queen of Air and Darkness: The Dark Artifices, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 15+
Soap opera-like fantasy series has mature sexual content.
By Cassandra Clare
(2018)
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The Baby-Sitters Club Series Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fun, updated graphic novel version has deep layers.
By Raina Telgemeier, Gale Galligan, Ann M. Martin
(2015)
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Bird Box Movie Poster Image
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age 16+
Violent sci-fi thriller has chaos, gory deaths, swearing.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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Mary Poppins Returns Movie Poster Image
age 6+
Blunt is a delight in sweet, nostalgic, toe-tapping sequel.
In Theaters Now
(Release Year: 2018)
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Little Women (2018) Movie Poster Image
age 10+
Well-intentioned Alcott modernization misses the mark.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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The Doc McStuffins Christmas Special TV Poster Image
age 4+
Sweet holiday story uses magic, kindness to solve problems.
Network: Disney Junior
(2018)
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Slow Burn:  The Anchor and Sophia, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Absorbing second installment ramps up the adventure.
By Tommy Wallach
(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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Bernie the Dolphin Movie Poster Image
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age 6+
Amiable eco-tale is wholesome but lackluster.
In Theaters Now
(Release Year: 2018)
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Good Trouble TV Poster Image
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age 15+
Fosters spin-off is a little racier but sweet and lovable.
Network: Freeform
(2018)
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A Bag of Marbles Movie Poster Image
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age 13+
Powerful story of boys' WWII survival has peril, violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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