When Friendship Followed Me Home
Dial Books for young readers
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.
Family Relationships; Foster care; Adoption; Family member death; foster child; adopted child; death of a mother
boy and girl
single mother mother and father
Georgia Children's Book Award, 2017-2018
Nominee Cybils Awards, 2016, Nominee, Middle Grade Fiction
bullying; cancer; legal guardian; magician; illusionist; library
Griffin, Paul, "When Friendship Followed Me Home" (2016). Diverse Families. 662.