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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Movie Poster Image
age 11+
Star-studded reboot is charming; some iffy stuff.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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Subnautica Game Poster Image
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age 11+
Gorgeous, challenging, atmospheric underwater thriller.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Movie Poster Image
age 11+
Silly but exuberant sci-fi adventure has fantasy violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Movie Poster Image
age 11+
Epic but violent adventure offers diversity, role models.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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Terraria App Poster Image
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age 11+
Well-done Minecraft-like game, with action twist.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2015)
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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 Wind Rises Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Lovely, contemplative tale of famed aeronautical engineer.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Movie Poster Image
age 11+
Sequel bolstered by brave elves, scary dragon, big spiders.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare Game Poster Image
age 11+
Comedic, cartoonish shooter should be OK for younger teens.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2014)
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Jack the Giant Slayer Movie Poster Image
age 11+
Fantasy violence eased by humor in tween-friendly adventure.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Movie Poster Image
age 11+
Tolkien tale isn't as great as LOTR, but better for tweens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2012)
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Son: The Giver, Book 4 Book Poster Image
age 11+
Classic battle pulls quest quartet to exciting conclusion.
By Lois Lowry
(2012)
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One Piece TV Poster Image
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age 11+
Close friends chase their dreams in high-seas adventure.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2004)
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The Underneath Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Gripping story is loving, lyrical, but has brutal violence.
By Kathi Appelt
(2008)
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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Movie Poster Image
age 11+
Fourth Indy isn't perfect, but it's fun for series fans.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2008)
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Spider-Man 3 Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Kids will be dazzled, but the story falls short of No. 2.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2007)
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Zathura: A Space Adventure Movie Poster Image
age 11+
Sci-fi adventure has salty language, peril, violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2005)
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Spider-Man 2 Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
A popcorn pleasure with heart, soul, and insight.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2004)
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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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