When Friendship Followed Me Home
By Paul Griffin
New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016.
248 pages Grade 5 and Up
I always panic when I see a book cover with a dog on it –I hate sad dog books—they make me cry a lot!
This is a beautiful story that made me laugh, cry, filled me with empathy and hope. Ben Coffin is a bit of a loner, which is okay by him as he would rather be deep in a sci-fi novel than have to face his classmates. Being a foster kid has it challenges and being the target of a bully makes life almost impossible. He keeps his head down and escapes to the library at every chance he gets. There he runs into the most unlikely friends you would ever meet! Paul Griffin, the author, does a fabulous job of introducing you to Halley, known as Rainbow Girl and a scruffy dog; that walks into Ben’s life when life is crumbling around him. Lucky for Ben his foster mom was very wise and her words of wisdom would be the foundation of all that is good in Ben’s life. One line that sums up this book to me is, “It is better to have loved and lost then never to have never loved at all.”