When Friendship Followed Me Home
- Publish Date: 2016-06-07
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Paul Griffin
A breathtaking middle-grade novel about happiness, loss, and an unforgettable dog named Flip
âThis story convinced me all over again that love and imagination are lifeâs biggest magic.â âRebecca Stead, author of Newbery Award winner When You Reach Me
Ben Coffin has never been one for making friends. As a former foster kid, he knows people can up and leave without so much as a goodbye. Ben prefers to spend his time with the characters in his favorite sci-fi booksâ¦until he rescues an abandoned mutt from the alley next-door to the Coney Island Library.
Scruffy little Flip leads Ben to befriend a fellow book-lover named Halleyâyes, likeÂ the cometâa girl unlike anyone he has ever met. Ben begins thinking of her as âRainbow Girlâ because of her crazy-colored clothes and her laugh, pure magic, the kindÂ thatÂ makes you smile away the stormiest day.Â
Rainbow Girl convinces Ben to write a novelÂ with her.Â But as their story unfolds Benâs life begins to unravel, and Ben must discover for himself the truth about friendship and the meaning of home.
Paul Griffinâs breathtaking middle-grade debut will warm your heart as much as it breaks it. Â
Full of pace and laughter, bruises and heart. Paul Griffin is the sort of writer you're torn between telling the whole world about and keeping all to yourself.âMarkus Zusak, author of Printz Honor WinnerÂ The Book Thief
ââFriendshipâ is an absolutely beautiful, heart-expanding book.Â I cried, but more than that I felt this giant balloon of love for everyone.Â This story convinced me all over again that love and imagination are lifeâs biggest magic. Itâll make you want to grab hold of everyone important to you and lick them on the nose.âÂ Â Â âRebecca Stead, author of Newbery Award winnerÂ When You Reach Me
Some books change the way you see the world. Some change the way you breathe. This book will leave you breathless. This is Paul Griffin's best book yetâand that's really saying something. âPatricia McCormick, author of National Book Award FinalistÂ Sold
When Friendship Followed Me HomeÂ is both a beautiful book, and an honest book; it is, in fact, beautiful because it is honest. We see the pain of loss, and the glory of community. We see love in its many forms, and we witness the truth that love goes on despite all barriers. Cheer for Ben and Halley: it is kids like these who are our hope.âÂ âGary D. Schmidt, author ofÂ Okay for Now