WHEN FRIENDSHIP FOLLOWED ME HOME by Paul Griffin tells the uplifting story of a foster child experiencing love and loss.
After former foster child Ben adopts a stray dog, he finds himself friends with Halley and they begin writing a book together. Through tragedy and illness, they learn about the enduring power of love and happiness. What makes the story particular compelling is the parallel story written by the two middle grade youth.
Librarians will find this realistic tear-jerker to be filled with opportunities for discussions about the joy and sorrow of friendship and family. Griffin’s honest portrayal of nontraditional families, the pain of loss, and the power of hope will have a profound impact on young readers. The service dog sub-theme will be a hit with dog lovers.
Look for this title on “best of 2016” lists.
To learn more about the author, go to http://paulgriffinstories.com/.
Published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group on June 7, 2016. ARC courtesy of the publisher.