When Friendship Followed Me Home

When Friendship Followed Me Home Review

A boy’s chance encounter with a scruffy dog leads to an unforgettable friendship in this deeply moving story about life, loss, and the meaning of family

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, 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.

Equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming, this book is a must-read for dog lovers and fans of emotionally resonant middle grade novels like One for the Murphys and Okay for Now.

Title:When Friendship Followed Me Home
Edition Language:English

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    When Friendship Followed Me Home Reviews

  • Kelly (Diva Booknerd)

    When Friendship Followed Me Home is an incredibly poignant yet beautiful middle grade read that proves even in the darkest moments throughout our lives, someone is always willing to leave the light on...

  • Laura

    This beautiful little book makes me want to live the heck out of life!When Friendship Followed Me Home has it all--family, friends, foster care, cancer, loss, love of reading, lots of Chips Ahoy!s, sc...

  • Amber

    Ben coffin is a young boy in middle school who is often bullied for his lunch money and other things. His only escape is through the sci-fi books he reads like Star Wars. After saving a stray dog from...

  • Brenda

    Ben Coffin was rescued from the orphanage by Tess – she was kind and cool; he was happy to call her Mom. But he was bullied at school – he knew he was different and the only thing that made him ha...

  • Donalyn

    Burned through this book in one sitting and cried continuously for the last 60 pages. A beautiful story about the families we find. ...

  • Dovic

    I cannot. How dare this book. I cannot.I just ugly cried.This is a slice-of-life book at its finest.I cannot highly recommend it enough....

  • Darla

    all the emotional issues one could imagine thrown into one book, foster child not adopted for all his childhood, by lesbian parents then one dies, then his "mom" dies, goes to live with the "mom's" si...

  • Kiera

    I love this book. I love the characters and I like the humor and how there are all these things happening in his life and his parents and he is able to find a place where he feels like he belongs with...

  • Wendi Lee

    Ben has spent his entire life in the foster care system, and is finally in a stable, happy household for the first time. He befriends a stray dog and his favorite librarian's daughter, and everything ...

  • Scott Fillner

    My first book I have read by Paul Griffin will not be my last! Paul has a way to make a book unputdownable. When Friendship Followed me Home is a wonderful story filled with voice, deep character grow...