August 23, 2016
Moving in it self is difficult, but finding your place in your new home and amongst your new peers can be the hardest thing of all. Lucky for you, there are tons of amazing books and movies about moving and fitting in to ease the transition. Read and watch these characters make mistakes, foster friendships, reinvent themselves and their lives somewhere entirely new—just like you.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Stargirl is unlike anyone else at quiet Mica High when she starts school there as a 10th grader after a lifetime of being home schooled. The type of girl who cheers for everyone regardless of what team they’re on, Stargirl might just change Mica High forever with her vibrant and wacky personality and style. Or, will Mica High force her to change herself?
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Margaret Simon, an eleven year old who has just moved from New York City to the sleep suburbs of New Jersey, is juggling a lot. Trying to figure out where she fits in at her new school is hard enough, but navigating the beginning of puberty and finding religion simultaneously is a huge burden for Margaret to bear. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret follows Margaret’s story of finding her place—in New Jersey, in an exclusive and secret club, and with the Big Guy Upstairs.
Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Fifteen-year-old Charlie is just entering high school and is going at it alone now that his friend, Michael, has committed suicide. Charlie is chronically shy and known as a ‘wallflower’ until Sam and Patrick, seniors at his school, take him under their wing. Navigating the firsts of high school such as his first date, while dealing with a painful and disturbing childhood memory, Charlie must lose himself before he can find out who he truly is, and who he wants to be.
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Great minds don’t always think alike, but good luck trying to tell that to Ally Nickerson. Suffering from dyslexia, Ally has found a way to hide her inability to read at every new school she’s attended and from every teacher she’s ever had. Will her newest teacher Mr. Daniels see through her tough and disruptive exterior to help her grow and learn? Or will Ally continue to feel like an outcast and think she is ‘dumb’ forever?
Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick
San Lee has just moved for the umpteenth time. It’s eighth grade and he’s had it with trying to fit in and resolves to not try to make new friends, after all, he’s probably just going to move again, anyways. After accidentally answering too many questions in World History class on Zen, San becomes known as a Zen Master. How will San manage this new persona and find his place in his new world?
The Sandlot directed by David M. Evans
Scotty Smalls is the new kid in town this summer, which makes meeting new kids difficult considering school isn’t in session. Not long after moving, Scotty is taken under the town’s best baseball player Benny “The Jet” Rodriquez’s wing and gets into all sorts of shenanigans with Benny and the other Sandlot boys. The boys must deal with growing up, losing a ball signed by the famous Babe Ruth, and a ball-eating dog nicknamed The Beast.
Loser by Jerry Spinelli
Donald Zinkoff simply doesn’t fit in; there’s no other way to put it. What he does fit into is the label of “loser,” which has been bestowed upon him by his fellow classmates. Loser follows Donald’s journey towards self-acceptance through his utmost desire to help others, even despite his cruel peers remarks, and will make you question whether fitting in matters at all.
The Kicks series by Alex Morgan
Twelve-year-old Devin loves to play soccer. If she hadn’t just left Connecticut to move across the country, she would have been named seventh-grade captain on her school soccer team. But now that she’s starting seventh grade in Kentville, California, Devin has to find her place in a new school and a new soccer team, all while trying not to compare it to what she left behind.