All Reviews

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement Book Poster Image
age 9+
Frank, poetic picture book bio has dazzling art.
By Carole Boston Weatherford
(2015)
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Trombone Shorty Book Poster Image
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age 4+
Fun, upbeat story of a boy, a trombone, and jazz.
By Troy Andrews
(2015)
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The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem's Greatest Bookstore Book Poster Image
age 7+
Lively tale of store that aided civil rights struggle.
By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
(2015)
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Dawn of the Croods TV Poster Image
age 6+
Prequel 'toon warms the heart but can't match movie's mojo.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
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Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear Book Poster Image
age 4+
Moving story of bear that inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.
By Lindsay Mattick
(2015)
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American Ace Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Moving, fast-paced novel-in-verse; great for teen boys.
By Marilyn Nelson
(2015)
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Sherlock: The Abominable Bride TV Poster Image
age 14+
Scary imagery in a fun vintage-style murder mystery.
Network: PBS
(2016)
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The Walk Movie Poster Image
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age 12+
Terrific, heart-pounding, gravity-defying true story.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Passenger, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Taut time-travel adventure-romance explores race, sex bias.
By Alexandra Bracken
(2016)
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Experimenter Movie Poster Image
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age 14+
Well-acted, thought-provoking drama about role of authority.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Pawn Sacrifice Movie Poster Image
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age 13+
Fascinating chess biopic deals with mental instability.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Dragon Blade Movie Poster Image
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age 16+
Action epic offers teamwork messages amid brutal violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Black Mass Movie Poster Image
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age 18+
Depp terrifies as dangerously violent real-life gangster.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Walt Before Mickey Movie Poster Image
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age 10+
Watered-down "young Disney" biopic is too bland to appeal.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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BPT - Educational Storybooks for Children (Preschool & Primary) App Poster Image
age 5+
History, science in kid-friendly stories; spotty production.
Devices: iPad, Android
(2015)
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Secrets of War Movie Poster Image
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age 13+
Moving subtitled film shows war through a child's eyes.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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The After-Room: The Apothecary Series, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Love, magic, adventure, ghosts in thrilling series finale.
By Maile Meloy
(2015)
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Leonardo's Cat App Poster Image
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age 6+
Place gadgets and problem-solve to help famous inventor.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
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Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown Movie Poster Image
age 13+
Musical docu has great performances, strong vocab.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War Book Poster Image
age 12+
Gripping nonfiction account of Vietnam-era whistle-blowing.
By Steve Sheinkin
(2015)
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