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Paul Griffin, author of several award-winning novels for young adults, released his first novel for middle graders, When Friendship Followed Me Home. This novel follows the story of Ben Coffin, a young boy who seeks guidance from his favorite Star Wars characters in order to survive the trials and bullies of middle school.

“Ben Coffin has never been one for making friends. As a former foster kid, he knows people can up and leave without so much as a good-bye. Ben prefers to spend his time with the characters in his favorite sci-fi books…until he rescues an abandoned mutt from the alley next door to the Coney Island Library.

Scruffy little Flip leads Ben to befriend a fellow book-lover named Halley – yes, like the comet – a girl unlike anyone he has ever met. Ben begins thinking of her as a “Rainbow Girl” because of her crazy-colored clothes as her laugh, pure magic, the kind that makes you smile away the stormiest day.

Rainbow Girl convinces Ben to write a novel with her, but as their story unfolds, Ben’s life begins to unravel. Standing at the crossroads of happiness and loss, Ben must discover for himself the truth about friendship and the meaning of home.”

Join Ben on this emotional journey as he learns that even when tragedy strikes, the enduring power of love, friendship and a sweet dog can help overcome it all.

The reading level for this book is a 4.1 and worth 7.0 points.

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