Title:  Fangirl Author: Rainbow Rowell Published: September 10, 2013 Pages: 445 Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance Kid Friendly Rating:  14+  language is used, but not all that much. Characters that are over 18 discuss losing their virginity. Click here for the Common Sense Media Rating. Synopsis: Cath is a fangirl. It really does not get more simple than that. She LOVES…

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Title: The Martian Author: Andy Weir Published: 2011 (e-book); March 2013 (audiobook); February 2014 (hardcover) Pages: 369 Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller Kid Friendly Rating: 13+ for some coarse language; however, there is enough realistic science in the book that I would hesitate to discourage any mature science-minded kids from reading it.

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Title: Guardians of the Galazy Director: James Gunn Release Date: August 1, 2014 Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure MPAA Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 121 Minutes Starring: Chris Pratt as Peter Quill Zoe Saldana as Gamora Dave Bautista as Drax Vin Diesel as Groot (Voice) Bradlet Cooper as Rocket (Voice) Kid Friendly Rating:  In our house we have watched this movie probably 1 million times….

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Title: Trust Author: David Moody Published: July 23rd, 2012 by Infected Books Pages: 298 Genre: Sci-Fi, Apocolyptic Kid Friendly Rating: 4/10, but I would certainly say 8/10 for ages 16 and up. The limited sexuality in the story is the only thing that does not allow me to rate this higher for “kids” below 16.

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Title: Pee-wee’s Big Adventure Director: Tim Burton Release Date: August 9, 1985 Genre: Family, Comedy, Adventure MPAA Rating: PG Running Time: 91 Minutes Starring: Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Elizabeth Daily as Dottie Mark Holton as Francis Buxton Diane Salinger as Simone Kid Friendly Rating:  Pee-wee is pretty tame when it comes to movies. It is cute and funny to where your children…

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Title: Zombies, Run! Developer: Six to Start Platform(s): iOS, Android, Windows Phone Release Date(s): February 27, 2012 Genre: Fitness, Horror, Adventure Players: 1 ESRB Rating: N/A Kid Friendly Rating: 13+ Rated “Teen” in the Google Play store. Features violence, gore, and scary plotlines. Undead hordes occasionally chase you through the wasteland. Language is generally PG and sexual…

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Title: Brave Director: Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman Release Date: June 22, 2012 Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy, Adventure MPAA Rating: PG Running Time: 93 Minutes Starring: Kelly Macdonald as Merida Billy Connolly as Fergus Emma Thompson as Elinor Julie Walters as The Witch Kid Friendly Rating:  In terms of Disney Princess movies, Brave is probably the scariest. There are some…

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Title: It Author: Stephen King Published: 1986 Pages: 1,138 Genre:  Science Fiction/Horror/Thriller Kid Friendly Rating:  0/10 Synopsis: So let’s start at the beginning. Like most people I first saw it on TV during the 90’s and starring Tim Curry as Pennywise the dancing clown. To be honest, every time I watched It, I thought it was really cool. I had…

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Now this one came across my facebook feed a couple years ago, and I just couldn’t resist. I just couldn’t let that one go by without seeing if I could actually grow potatoes in a garbage can! According to facebook these are the steps: grab a Rubbermaid garbage can from Walmart (or wherever you can…

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I took off Friday and I was awoken at 7am by my daughter screaming “MOM! I am ready to play my TOY!” Now I was in a deep sleep and had no idea what she meant by this new toy, but I begrudgingly got up and ready for the day. After a few minutes of…

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If your kids are anything like mine you find that every now and again there is an untouched trove of toys from either Christmas or some forgotten birthday. On rare occasions the kids may take these out but because of the time that has passed many of these little expensive treasures are basically tossed by…

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