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When Friendship Followed Me Home

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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 a
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240 pages
Published June 9th 2016 by Penguin Random House (first published June 7th 2016)
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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.

From the first instance readers are introduced to Ben, you can feel how remarkable this young man is. He's only twelve, but such an old soul who now feels a sense of family thanks to Tess, a kindhearted speech therapist who adopted Ben two years prior. Their relationship was breathtakingly beautif
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Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has been a wonderful read!!!

When Friendship Followed Me Home starts as a hilarious, humorous, light hearted story, and then somewhere in the middle it turns into a deep, meaningful, heartfelt read. I thought, multiple times, that how come such a good book is not so well recognized and also that none on my friends list have neither read nor even added this book as "to-read"!?

This book is the story of Ben Coffin, his little dog Flip and "Rainbow Girl" friend Halley.

There is no further r
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Amber
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: librarybooks
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 a mean alley cat and befriends the librarian's daughter Rainbow Girl Halley, tragedy strikes when his adopted foster mom Tess dies. Ben's world is turned upside down. Will he be able to endure his new home and life without his mom as well as discover the magic of friendship through his new friends? ...more
Laura
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it

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, sci-fi shout-outs, magic, home, and the cutest dog ever!

Our story revolves around Ben Coffin, the biggest hearted boy I’ve seen in a long time. He’s had a tough life, but he doesn’t let it turn his heart to ice or stone. He’s smart, strong, funny, and in need of a friend when Flip follows him home. Th
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Maria Espadinha
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Porque a Alma Precisa


Estes nossos fiéis amiguinhos de quatro patas são, invariavelmente, musas inspiradoras das mais belas e doces histórias!

Esta é mais uma!!

Leiam!...
Leiam, que a alma agradece :)
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 happy was reading the science fiction books in the library. Ben had become friendly with the librarian, Mrs Lorentz; she was happy for him to spend time reading.

One afternoon the sense of being followed wouldn’t leave him – the scruffy, uncared for dog looked sad; but when Ben tried to get closer he ran
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Dovic
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
Donalyn
Burned through this book in one sitting and cried continuously for the last 60 pages. A beautiful story about the families we find.
Diana Torales
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
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juan carlos
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Que libro tan sutil al momento de darte una lección de vida tan bella. Uno piensa que con la portada la historia tendrá que ver con un personaje canino. Y para nada. Es una historia donde los personajes que están alrededor del cachorro aprenden de los golpes de la existencia.

¿Para qué leer cuando la amistad me acompañó a casa?

1. En un principio por ese final tan inesperado, bello y desgarrador. Donde te hacer reflexionar que tenemos que aprender a mirar con otros ojos a nuestro alrededor.
2. Po
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Darla
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Ben es un niño con muchos problemas y una vida difícil, pero aun así, el no pierde la alegría, un día conoce a una niña alocada, apodada ''la niña arcoiris'' por su peculiar forma de vestir tan colorida y extravagante, y junto a ella comienzan una aventura llena de historias y libros.

En una de sus visitas a la bibliotecas, Ben, encuentra un cachorro flaco y con poco pelo que lo comenzó a seguir, y en el acto se hicieron mejores amigos,
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Scott Fillner
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 growth, life lessons, honesty, and humor.

The main character Coffin and Halley develop an amazing relationship. Together they learn hard lessons and create lasting moments that will never fade.


This book will be great for middle school aged children.
Rita Araújo
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4,5*

“Quando se trata de amor pelos livros, o destino é uma realidade” ❤
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Kenya (ReviewsMayVary)
I will leave you with my final thought as I finished this book:

THIS IS BULLSHIT!! I AM BOYCOTTING BOOKS FOREVER!! FUCK ALL THESE FEELINGS!!
Angie
Jul 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me gustó el libro, pero tiene algunas puntos que me gustaría discutir, así que se viene reseña :)
Pau Vilchez
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cuando la amistad me acompañó a casa: El libro más emotivo de este 2017

Gracias a la maravillosa editorial Del nuevo extremo me llegó este fabuloso ejemplar junto a Ponle color a tu vida. El libro anteriormente mencionado me pareció muy original y del libro que voy a hablar ahora...Sinceramente nunca esperaba que me fuese a encantar y pasa a ser automáticamente uno de los mejores libros del 2017 (por no decir el mejor).

PD: La primera semana del mes que viene haré una publicación en mi blog menci
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Bridget
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
It took me far too long to read this lovely book. I kept being distracted by other books along the way, it is a book that needs your uninterrupted attention because it is full of lots of feels and you need to get the full impact of them by devoting undistracted reading time to the story. While it is definitely sad, it is also definitely funny. There are lots of lovely touches - abandoned dog and an abandoned boy, a school librarian who is awesome, a sick girl who is fighting to stay well despite ...more
Lightrainbow
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-translations
Об этой книге хочется рассказывать и в то же время хочется молчать. Очень душевная и искренняя. Смешная и трогательная. Добрая и пронзительная. И совершенно не по-детски мудрая. Поднимается очень много непростых тем, много смысла, над которым нужно думать и пропускать через себя. Я невероятно рада, что приобщилась к этой истории, смогла ее прожить и что она будет у меня в бумажном виде. Я бы очень хотела, чтобы в будущем ее прочитал мой ребенок.
Rodrigues Elsa
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Opinião publicada no Efeito dos Livros

Entre livros, histórias inventadas, magia, dor, amizade, amor, dor, doença e esperança, seguimos Ben e companhia numa história que nos dá uma dorzinha aqui no coração mas que não deixa de ter a sua beleza.
Há pessoas e animais que nos marcam marcam para sempre.
Como diz Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
"Aqueles que passam por nós, não vão sós, não nos deixam sós. Deixam um pouco de si, levam um pouco de nós"

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Rachel Harder
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Holy shiitake sauce this was heartbreaking.
Amy
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holy cow, this is one of the best books I've read in a while. For me, it was a true 5 stars. It had everything-humor, sadness, a gripping reality, characters you rooted for, and a dash of literary awesomeness that seems to be the lifeblood of some of the YA greats-John Green, Jeff Zentner, etc, BUT in a MG novel. So, so, so good.

Ben was a foster care kid, but he's been living with Mom Coffin for two years. Things are going OK, with the plan being that they are going to move to Florida next year
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Heather
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ok, I'll admit it - I don't understand how this book is receiving such good reviews I loved the premise, but the actual story left me cold. I never connected with the main characters, Ben and Halley. They were not very likeable and they never felt authentic. The only person I really liked was Mrs Lorentz, Halley's mum and Ben's school librarian. I found her caring and warm-hearted. Even Flip, the stray dog who adopted Ben didn't totally win me over which is unusual as I usually love the animals ...more
Sam
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely stunning! Such a special book with so much heart.

I adored everything about this book! The characters were perfect, and I am in love with them all. The pace of the book was perfect too, lots of quick talking back and forth between characters but it also seemed slow so you could savour the moments.

It's magical, quirky, heart-warming but also very heartbreaking. Please read this book!!
Amy
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I'M NOT CRYING YOU'RE CRYING.

This beautiful, perfect book...will try to write more when I stop bawling.

But seriously -- if you're feeling lonely or worthless, read this book. Forget that it's "middle grade". It has valuable lessons about friendship and loyalty and love and forgiveness and healing.
Mary Caserta
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¡Qué libro más hermoso! Creo que todos, todos, todos, deberían leer esta historia. Es el tipo de libro que siempre voy a recordar con muchísimo cariño y que, seguramente, volveré a leer cuando así lo necesite.

De mis mejores lecturas del año, sin ninguna duda.
Text Publishing
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fiction
‘Griffin gracefully answers and solves mysteries, leaving us with hope and a smile without making things falsely shiny and bright.’
New York Times

‘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.’
Marcus Zusak

‘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
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Lynn Plourde
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How much can one boy take in life? More than is bearable if you're Ben Coffin. But Ben faces life with grace and humility and a dog named Flip and a little magic. Heart-touching. Quirky believable characters. Bravo!
Emily
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*4.5 Stars*
What a rollercoaster! When I first picked this up I was expecting something completely different. I can't begin to explain my emotions right now. If you have the time pick it up. You won't be disappointed.
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Paul Griffin lives, writes, and trains dogs in New York City. His previous novel, The Orange Houses, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults Top Ten, an International Reading Association 2010 Notable Book for a Global Society, a Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Book of 2009, and an Amelia Bloomer Project Award winner.
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