Review: When Friendship Followed Me Home
Ben Coffin was abandoned as a baby and bounced around the foster care system until he was finally adopted at the age of ten. He’s happy with his home life but keeps to himself otherwise, preferring books to other people. He discovers a dog in an alley and through the dog meets a sparkly young woman and he and Halley become fast friends.
Ben’s life begins to fall apart shortly after he meets Halley and she has serious struggles of her own. The pair decide to write a book together which draws them even closer and Ben learns about friendship and love.
When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin is a sad but sweet middle grade novel about friendship and family. It’s heartbreaking at times but ultimately uplifting. At times it was difficult to read about children facing such struggles because they felt so real. I’m sure there are many children who will be able to relate to Ben and Halley’s problems and draw comfort from them.
The audio version of When Friendship Followed Me Home is read by the author and I thought he did an okay job. He didn’t change his voice for dialogue so it was hard to distinguish who was talking at times. I still thought the story was terrific and would recommend it to middle grade students on up.
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