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When Friendship Followed Me Home

Title

When Friendship Followed Me Home

Authors

Paul Griffin

Publisher

Dial Books for young readers

Pages

247 pages

Publication Year

2016

ISBN

9780803738164

Genre

fantasy

Topic

Family Relationships; Foster care; Adoption; Family member death; foster child; adopted child; death of a mother

Annotation

Ben Coffin has never felt like he fits in. A former foster kid, he keeps his head down at school to avoid bullies and spends his afternoons reading sci-fi books at the library. But all that changes when he finds a scruffy abandoned dog named Flip and befriends the librarian's daughter, Halley. For the first time, Ben starts to feel like he belongs in his own life. Then everything changes, and suddenly Ben is more alone than ever. But with a little help from Halley's magician father, Ben discovers his place in the world and learns to see his own magic through others' eyes.

Grade Level

6-8

Family Formation

single mother mother and father

Main Character

boy and girl

Diversity Impact

direct

LGBTQ+

female/female

Race/Ethnicities

White

Awards

Georgia Children's Book Award, 2017-2018; Nominee Cybils Awards, 2016, Nominee, Middle Grade Fiction

Keywords

bullying; cancer; legal guardian; magician; illusionist; library

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

When Friendship Followed Me Home

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