Just In Case

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 2007

Just In Case

by Meg Rosoff

Age: 14+

Interests: teen angst, first love, fate, illness, death, coming of age, fashion, loneliness

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Skellig

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 1998

Skellig

by David Almond

Age: 9+

Interests: birds, poetry, mystery, magic, illness, death, dreams

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The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)

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The Secret World of Arrietty

Released: 2010
Rated: G
Length: 94 min.
Age: 6 and up.              commonsense media sez: 7 +
Interests: little people, romance, family, illness, adventure, strong girls

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A Monster Calls

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GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 2012

CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 2012

A Monster Calls

text by Patrick Ness, from an original idea by Siobhan Dowd

illustrated by Jim Kay

Age: 12+

Interests: illness, death, grieving, monsters, nightmares

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A Sick Day for Amos McGee

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 2011

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Philip C. Stead, text

Erin E. Stead, illustrations

Roaring Brook Press, 2010

32 pp.

Age: 3+

Interests: animals, zoo, zookeepers, being sick, friends

Also by this illustrator: And Then It’s Spring

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My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

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My Neighbor Totoro

Rated: G
Length:  86 min.
Age: 4 and up.        commonsense media sez: 5+

Scary Factor: soot sprites are creepy, and provide one big Startle Moment (see below); Totoro seems scary at first glance, but is soon revealed to be friendly

Also: issue of Mother sick in hospital may bother some, but whole situation is treated gently, and without worry until late in film when girls grow concerned (see more below)

Interests: monster/spirits, magic, nature, country life, Japan

Next: Director Miyazaki has two other films for this age group: Ponyo, Kiki’s Delivery Service; for older kids try: Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle

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