When Friendship Followed Me Home


WhenFriendship_front-165x248Ben Coffin knows from foster care that people can leave you without a good-bye. That’s why he prefers to hide out in the Coney Island library with his sci-fi novels, until he rescues an abandoned dog from the alley next door. Scruffy little Flip introduces Ben to fellow book lover Halley—yes, like the comet. Some call her Rainbow Girl for her crazy-colored clothes, but for Ben it’s her laugh, pure magic, the kind that makes you smile away the stormiest day. Rainbow Girl convinces “Sci-Fi Boy” to write a novel with her. What begins as a time-travel story ends up a mystery, one that has haunted Ben for as long as he can remember: If friendship is the greatest treasure of all, why can’t it last forever? Paul Griffin’s middle-grade debut will warm your heart as much as it breaks it with the story of two unforgettable kids at the crossroads of love and loss, helping each other find their way home.

“The book soars…hopeful, glittering.”  –Renee Dale, NY Times Book Review                   — New York Times Editors’ Choice                                                                                                    Best Books Summer 2016, Publishers Weekly                                                                               — Working Mother Magazine Top 10 of 2016                                                                                  — Amazon Best Beach Reads 2016                                                                                                      — Amazon Editors Pick Best of Month June 2016                                                                           — Bookish Best of Summer                                                                                                                  — An Indie Next Pick, Summer 2016
— A Junior Library Guild selection for Fall 2016.                                                                            — Book Expo America 2016 Buzz Books                                                                                           — Amazon’s Best So Far 2016                                                                                                              — AudioFile Earphones Award Winner                                                                                             — PEOPLE Magazine Pick July 4 2016 issue: “Beguiling tearjerker.”                                          — TEACHING GUIDE HERE.

reviews-star-19b “Entrancing, magical, tragic, and uplifting.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

reviews-star-19b “…handles hard topics with penetrating insight and honesty, while balancing painful moments with levity.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

reviews-star-19b“As funny and heartwarming as it is gut-punching, thoroughly engaging.”                — Karin Snelson, Shelf Awareness, starred review

reviews-star-19b“…a world of imagination and true friendship.”                                                                — Natalie Karsten, School Library Connection, starred review


School Library Journal Great Titles for Middle Graders

Barnes and Noble Kids Blog pick

On shelves June 7, 2016, Penguin/Dial Books.                                                                                Audiobook read by Paul available from Listening Library.                                                    Print versions also available in Spanish, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Hungarian, Italian, Turkish, Japanese.

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