Episode # 28

When Friendship Followed Me Home

Paul Griffin

Shiloh meets Counting by 7s in this deeply moving middle grade breakout novel about life, loss, and the magic of friendship.
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When Friendship Followed Me Home

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 that all 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, Ben’s adoptive mother dies, and as his home life disintegrates, Halley’s cancer returns. Suddenly Ben is more alone than ever. But with a little help, Ben discovers his place in the world and learns to see his own magic through others’ eyes.

Praise for When Friendship Followed Me Home

“’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

“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

“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, Two-time Newbery Honor-winning author and National Book Award Finalist

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.