May is National Moving Month because it's the busiest month of the year for people relocating. The month is mostly marked with lots of helpful hints about moving-- how to not get scammed by movers, checklists of places to update your contact info, etc.
Here at YA Reading List, we're marking it differently. Moving is a common theme in YA literature-- moving around a lot and keeping yourself closed off so you don't get hurt again, moving and reinventing yourself, moving and discovering your new town is a hotbed of paranormal activity-- lots of moving.
There are many on our first list, New Beginnings, and here are some more about the new kid in school:
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer. Hope's a teenage diner waitress who lives with her diner cook Aunt. When they move to a small town in Wisconsin to take over a diner, Hope gets involved in the previous owner's run for mayor against a corrupt incumbent.
Abandon by Meg Cabot. When Pierce hit her head and fell into a pool, she was technically dead for an hour before being brought back. Since then, she can see evil. When her mother moves them to her hometown on Isla Huesos, Pierce discovers what's going on-- she's in the middle of the Persephone story. The first in a trilogy, the third, Awaken, comes out in July.
Sources of Light by Margaret McMullen. After Sam's father is killed in Vietnam, she and her mother move to his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi. In 1962, people in Jackson don't like anyone different--whether from the color of the skin, or if they're Northerners just moved down. Behind the lens of her camera, Sam tries to make sense of the hate and anger that surround her in her new home.
Stringz by Michael Wenberg. Jace's mother is constantly moving him from one town to another. His only constant is his cello. When they move to Seattle, Jace was he usually does-- plays on the street in hopes of making some money. One listener throws in a business card-- he's a high level celle teacher and sees a promise in Jace and wants to take him to the next level. Can Jace do it? Will his mother just move again?
Don't Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough. Delaney's mother has died and she's had to move from New Jersey to California to live her dad--a famous life coach she barely knows. Then he claims to be a fairy godmother. Worse yet? It's hereditary, and Delaney might be one, too.
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher. Five years ago, Jamie's sister Rose was killed in a terrorist attack. Jamie was young enough he doesn't really remember Rose, but he does see the devastation her death caused his family. Now his mother's gone, and his father has moved them to a new town and new school, but even there, Jamie and Jas (Rose's surviving twin) must deal with the aftermath of Rose's death.
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. Everything in Lola's life comes crashing down when the Bell twins move back next door. Lola and Cricket may or may not have had a thing before they left, and Lola's moved on. Or so she thought. When her birth mother shows up on her doorstep and moves in with Lola and her dads, things get that much more complicated.
Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott. Danielle and her mother are thieves, moving to a town, finding the mark, carrying out the heist, and moving on. When they reach the town of Heaven though, Dani does everything she's not supposed to, like make friends, and isn't sure she can continue to follow her mother's wishes.
Still Sucks to Be Me: The All-true Confessions of Mina Smith, Teen Vampire by Kimberly Pauley. In this sequel to Sucks to Be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (maybe), Mina is pissed about some aspects of vampirism. Like the fact that she had to fake her own death and move right away. Life in her new town is not easy-- the vampire politics are messed up, and the kids at school have very different interests than Mina. Be sure to check out Pauley's crowd-sourced sequel on her website.
What are your favorite books about moving?
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