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By Valle Dwight
Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move
By Judith Viorst, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
Atheneum (1998), $6.99
Leave behind his soccer team, his best friend, and the cool neighbors who give out great candy at Halloween? Not going to happen. Or so says Alexander, a boy whose family is moving 1,000 miles away. And he puts up a pretty good fight, until he ultimately realizes (after much reassurance from his patient parents) that there will be good things on the other end of this move. Kids may identify with (and get a chuckle out of) the slightly subversive Alexander, and they’ll learn along with him that moving has its upsides too.
By Jerry Spinelli
Random House (2004), $3.99
Tooter Pepperday is not going to stand for this ill-conceived move from her home to her aunt’s farm, where there’s no cable TV and no — gasp! — pizza delivery. No, she has plans to sabotage this ridiculous idea. Tooter eventually comes around to farm life, but not until an egg she has been charged with tending hatches.
Henry and Mudge and Annie’s Good Move
By Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Sucie Stevenson
Aladdin (2000), $3.99
Henry and his slobbery hunk of a mutt, Mudge, are not moving, but Henry’s cousin Annie is. While Henry is excited about getting a new next-door neighbor, Annie is feeling the strain of leaving her friends and school. Henry and Mudge help ease her into her new place and make it a real home.
By Ralph Fletcher, illustrated by Jennifer Emery
Wordsong (2007), $9.95
This book will appeal to older kids, as it goes deeper into some of the sadness and angst moving can bring up for adolescents. The story, told in a series of poems, follows 12-year-old Fletch as he comes to terms with his move from Massachusetts to Ohio. It’s a beautiful, evocative book, exploring his feelings of loss and fear. Each poem brings him closer to the move, and kids can see how his emotions evolve in the process. Though the book is sad in parts, it ends with a sense of hope for the new life Fletch is building in his new home.
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