Books on TCKs for Children in Upper Elementary

Books for TCKs Ages 10-13

For Ages 10-13

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Ryan uses the experiences of her Mexican grandmother as the basis for this compelling story of immigration and assimilation, not only to a new country but also into a different social class.

Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz
The author’s fictionalized version, though all the events are true, of her childhood in China in the 1920’s.

I’m New Here by Bud Howlett
Spanish speaking Jazmin integrates into an English speaking school. Her mother prepares her, and a bilingual teacher helps, but Jazmin still feels on the outside.

The League of Super Movers by Beverly Roman
A book that offers an exciting moving adventure for preteens with a storyline, games, safety tips and internet resources to help them learn about a new city anywhere in the world.

New Kid by Jerry Craft
The book is a graphic novel about Jordan trying to fit in at a new school. It has a number of TCK parallels.

Wingman by Daniel Manus Pinkwater
Short novel about Donald Chen, a Chinese-American native New Yorker, who felt alienated from school and created his own comic book hero, Wingman, to help him with the difficulties he experienced. Portrays the strengths of the Chinese-American family and reveals how a teacher was able to encourage the work of an individual child by valuing the child’s abilities and cultural background.

The Year My Parents Ruined My Life by Martha Freeman
Chronicles a middle schooler’s feelings about leaving suburban beachside sunny California and moving to a small rural town in Pennsylvania in the middle of winter. A novel about adjusting to a new town, sibling rivalry, and the qualities that make a house a real home.

Books about TCKs for Teens

Some annotations were borrowed from Amazon and Google.