When Friendship Followed Me Home


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$16.99  $15.80
Dial Books
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5.7 X 8.2 X 0.9 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Paul Griffin is the award-winning author of Ten Mile River, The Orange Houses, and Burning Blue. He lives, trains dogs, and writes in New York City.


A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice
A People magazine Popular Pick
A Summer 2016 Kids' Indie Next Pick

A Publishers Weekly Best of Summer Pick

Working Mother magazine's #1 Best Book of the Year So Far
A 2016 Nerdy Book Club Award winner

"[T]his bittersweet, well-paced book...left me with faith that people can feel discarded, as though everything they love will be taken from them, and still end up whole, if they are touched by love of friendship." -- The New York Times Book Review

* "Entrancing, magical, tragic, and uplifting." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "As in his young adult books, Griffin (Adrift) handles hard topics with penetrating insight and honesty, while balancing painful moments (and there are many) with levity." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "As funny and heartwarming as it is gut-punching...thoroughly engaging." --Shelf Awareness, starred review

* "Although this middle grade book covers some tough topics...it never loses hope." --School Library Connection, starred review

"If you have middle schoolers who are too young to fully grasp John Green's The Fault in Our Stars and love dogs, give them this sweet tearjerker." -- School Library Journal

"This is a multi-tissue read...Griffin's characters are unique and charmingly multidimensional. Readerslooking for a deep read will take to this story as quickly as Flip takes to Ben." -- Booklist

"When Friendship Followed Me Home was written for middle-grade readers, yet it will find readership among all ages." --VOYA

"A new classic of young people's literature." --workingmother.com

"The story is gripping, the ending bittersweet, and the writing amazing." --Imagination Soup

"At its core, this book posits a refreshing, if not new, definition of familly.... WHEN FRIENDSHIP FOLLOWED ME HOME is terse and gripping, sad and hilarious, emotional and very, very real." -- Joel Shoemaker, The News-Gazette

"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."--Markus Zusak, author of Printz Honor Winner The Book Thief

"'Friendship' is an absolutely beautiful, heart-expanding book. I cried, but more than that I felt this giant balloon of love for everyone. This story convinced me all over again that love and imagination are life's biggest magic. It'll make you want to grab hold of everyone important to you and lick them on the nose." --Rebecca Stead, author of Newbery Award winner 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 yet--and that's really saying something." --Patricia McCormick, author of National Book Award Finalist Sold

"When Friendship Followed Me Home 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." --Gary D. Schmidt, author of Okay for Now