Saying Goodbye: YA Books About Moving Away

I’m moving to Cleveland in three weeks. I’ll be leaving behind my hometown of Pittsburgh, its familiar city streets, delicious restaurants, and most present in my thoughts, my dear friends and family. What better way to get through moving to a new town than books about people moving to a new town? Join these young adult characters as they navigate new schools, new social dynamics, and new ways of looking at the world and themselves.

The Last Great Adventure of the PB & J Society

When her best friend’s house is threatened with foreclosure, young Annie Jenkins is full of ideas to save the home: selling her appendix on eBay, winning the lottery, facing down the bankers . . . anything to keep Jason from moving.

Counting Thyme

When 11-year-old Thyme’s brother, Val, is accepted into a cancer treatment trial in New York, their family is uprooted from California with the hope of a cure.

Far from Fair

No one asked 12-year-old Odette if she wanted to sell her stuff and move into an old RV. Yet here she is, along with her parents, little brother, a ferret, and her new dog a tiny wiry-haired thing, not the Lab she wanted traveling to Grandma Sissy’s on Washington’s Orca Islands. Nothing about this is fair

Forget Me Not

Astronomy-loving Calliope June has Tourette syndrome, so she sometimes makes faces or noises that she doesn’t mean to make. When she and her mother move yet again, she tries to hide her TS. But it isn’t long before the kids at her new school realize she’s different. You can also check out this title as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby, as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.

Alex, Approximately

A year after her mother divorces to marry a lawyer, Bailey Rydell decides to leave Washington, D.C., to live with her father in California. One of her primary motives for going is to track down Alex, a boy she met online but has never seen in person.

Where You'll Find Me

Anna thinks her life is falling apart. Her best friend doesn’t want to be friends anymore, she’s dealing with her mother’s recent suicide attempt, and she’s struggling to find her own place at school and at her father’s house, where she realizes that her stepmother maybe be nicer than she thought.


Telgemeier’s stirring graphic novel opens on moving day, as Cat’s family travels from Southern California to Bahía de la Luna, a foggy village up the coast; Cat’s younger sister, Maya, has cystic fibrosis and needs the sea air.

Tell Me Three Things

Jessie’s mother has been dead for two years, and because her father has recently married a woman he met online and moved the family to Los Angeles, Jessie is starting her junior year at a fancy private school where she knows no one.