When Friendship Followed Me Home

When Friendship Followed Me Home
Author: Paul Griffin
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2016-06-07
ISBN 10: 1101994509
ISBN 13: 9781101994504
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

When Friendship Followed Me Home Book Review:

A breathtaking middle-grade novel about happiness, loss, and an unforgettable dog named Flip “This story convinced me all over again that love and imagination are life’s biggest magic.” —Rebecca Stead, author of Newbery Award winner When You Reach Me 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 goodbye. 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 “Rainbow Girl” because of her crazy-colored clothes and 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, and Ben must discover for himself the truth about friendship and the meaning of home. Paul Griffin’s breathtaking middle-grade debut will warm your heart as much as it breaks it. "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."—Markus Zusak, author of Printz Honor Winner The Book Thief “‘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 love and imagination are life’s biggest magic. It’ll make you want to grab hold of everyone important to you and lick them on the nose.” —Rebecca Stead, author of Newbery Award winner When You Reach Me "Some books change the way you see the world. Some change the way you breathe. This book will leave you breathless. This is Paul Griffin's best book yet—and that's really saying something." —Patricia McCormick, author of National Book Award Finalist Sold "When Friendship Followed Me Home is both a beautiful book, and an honest book; it is, in fact, beautiful because it is honest. We see the pain of loss, and the glory of community. We see love in its many forms, and we witness the truth that love goes on despite all barriers. Cheer for Ben and Halley: it is kids like these who are our hope.” —Gary D. Schmidt, author of Okay for Now From the Hardcover edition.

When Friendship Followed Me Home

When Friendship Followed Me Home
Author: Paul Griffin
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2017-07-18
ISBN 10: 0147510066
ISBN 13: 9780147510068
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

When Friendship Followed Me Home Book Review:

Seventh-grader Ben, always an outsider, is led into a deep friendship with Halley, who is being treated for cancer, by the special dog he and his adoptive mother take in.

When Friendship Followed Me Home

When Friendship Followed Me Home
Author: Paul Griffin
Publsiher: Text Publishing
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2016-06-27
ISBN 10: 1922253952
ISBN 13: 9781922253958
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

When Friendship Followed Me Home Book Review:

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 all that changes when he finds a scruffy abandoned dog named Flip and befriends the librarian’s daughter, Halley. For the first time, Ben starts to feel like he belongs in his own life. Then everything changes, and suddenly Ben is more alone than ever. But with a little help from Halley’s magician father, Ben discovers his place in the world and learns to see his own magic through others’ eyes. Equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming, When Friendship Followed Me Home is a must-read for dog lovers and fans of emotionally resonant middle-grade novels. Paul Griffin is a teacher and a devoted helper of at-risk and special-needs teens. He works with organisations like Behind the Book and Literacy for Incarcerated Teens, focusing on helping young men and women tell their stories. He is the author of several novels for young adults, including Ten Mile River, Stay with Me, Burning Blue and Adrift. Paul lives in Manhattan. ‘Those familiar with Griffin’s books for teens know that Kleenex may be needed to successfully navigate this wrenching journey, which breathes fresh, warm life into what might have been an overworked cliché. Entrancing, magical, tragic, and uplifting.’ STARRED Review, Kirkus ‘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...I loved each and every moment.’ Diva Booknerd ‘Read it for Ben who is one of the best written and most real kids I’ve read all year. Then read it again for Halley, and again for Flip, and Tess, and Tess’s wife, Laura, who only ever appears as a photo but still has such a strong presence. Paul Griffin is now one of my new favourite authors.’ Readings ‘Life has more than one tragedy in store for Ben and correspongding heart-tugging moments for the reader, but the boy’s openness, warmth and resilience commend him to a readership far wider than the mid-primary age-group for whom the novel is so tenderly designed.’ Adelaide Advertiser ‘Think The Fault in Our Stars tenderly modulated for 10-year-olds: Paul Griffin’s first novel for middle-primary readers tackles some of the deepest and darkest moments in life with practical sensitivity and a heart-warming cast of characters...The writing is fluid, the chapters generally short, the ending uplifting–a great, heart-tugging, affirming read for the mid primary age-group and well beyond.’ Magpies ‘Featuring a cast of unforgettable characters—including the adorable dog!—this book is funny, weird, happy and sad all at the same time.’ Mania ‘A gem of a book...This gentle tale of a boy whose resilient spirit triumphs over everything life tosses his way is a treat for all ages.’ NZ Listener ‘This middle grade book is freakin’ adorable and heartbreaking, uplifting and uproarious!’ Alpha Reader ‘A gem of a book about a boy whose resilient spirit triumphs over everything life tosses his way.’ Best Books for Kids 2016, Listener ‘This book is special. It’s a beautifully written middle grade novel.’ Reading Time ‘Griffin manages to show the resilience and vulnerability of kids in equal measure. He refuses to sugar-coat the bad things that can happen in life, and demonstrates the ways in which people can let each other down. Despite (or because of this) it offers young readers the tools and optimism to feel confident and informed when faced with tough times...funny, sweet and devastating.’ Leanne Hall, Readings

Saving Marty

Saving Marty
Author: Paul Griffin
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2017-09-19
ISBN 10: 0399539093
ISBN 13: 9780399539091
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Saving Marty Book Review:

Fans of Because of Winn Dixie will adore this warm and heart-wrenching story of the friendship between a boy and a pig who thinks it's a dog. Eleven-year-old Lorenzo Ventura knows heroes are rare—like his father, who died in the war, or his friend Paloma Lee, who fearlessly pursues her dream of being a famous musician. Renzo would never describe himself as a hero, but his chance comes when he adopts Marty, a runt piglet. Marty is extraordinary—he thinks he’s a dog and acts like one too—and his bond with Renzo is truly one of a kind. At first, the family farm seems like the perfect home for Marty, but as he approaches 350 pounds, it becomes harder for Renzo to convince his mom that a giant pig makes a good pet. So when Marty causes a dangerous (and expensive) accident, Renzo knows Marty’s time is up. He’d do anything and everything for his best friend, but will everything be enough to save Marty? Paul Griffin masterfully melds the heartrending and the hopeful in this unforgettable story about the power of friendship . . . and the unsung heroes all around us.

The Orange Houses

The Orange Houses
Author: Paul Griffin
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2009-06-11
ISBN 10: 1101052732
ISBN 13: 9781101052730
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Orange Houses Book Review:

Tamika Sykes, AKA Mik, is hearing impaired and way too smart for her West Bronx high school. She copes by reading lips and selling homework answers, and looks forward to the time each day when she can be alone in her room drawing. She's a tough girl who mostly keeps to herself and can shut anyone out with the click of her hearing aid. But then she meets Fatima, a teenage refugee who sells newspapers, and Jimmi, a homeless vet who is shunned by the rest of the community, and her life takes an unexpected turn.

Adrift

Adrift
Author: Paul Griffin
Publsiher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2015-07-28
ISBN 10: 0545709415
ISBN 13: 9780545709415
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Adrift Book Review:

From critically acclaimed writer Paul Griffin comes a fast-paced young adult novel about five very different teens lost at sea with no one to count on but each other. Matt and John are best friends working out in Montauk for the summer. When Driana, JoJo and Stef invite the boys to their Hamptons mansion, Matt and John find themselves in a sticky situation where temptation rivals sensibility. The newfound friends head out into the Atlantic after midnight in a stolen boat. None of them come back whole, and not all of them come back.

Feathers

Feathers
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 118
Release: 2009
ISBN 10: 9780142411988
ISBN 13: 0142411981
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Feathers Book Review:

When a new, white student nicknamed "The Jesus Boy" joins her sixth grade class in the winter of 1971, Frannie's growing friendship with him makes her start to see some things in a new light.

Skyjacked

Skyjacked
Author: Paul Griffin
Publsiher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2019-07-30
ISBN 10: 1338048031
ISBN 13: 9781338048032
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Skyjacked Book Review:

Have a nice flight . . .

Burning Blue

Burning Blue
Author: Paul Griffin
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2012-10-25
ISBN 10: 1101591080
ISBN 13: 9781101591086
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Burning Blue Book Review:

A soulful mystery for fans of Thirteen Reasons Why and Paper Towns When Nicole Castro, the most beautiful girl in her wealthy New Jersey high school, is splashed with acid on the left side of her perfect face, the world takes notice. But quiet loner Jay Nazarro does more than that—he decides to find out who did it. Jay understands how it feels to be treated like a freak, and he also has a secret: He’s a brilliant hacker. But the deeper he digs, the more danger he’s in—and the more he falls for Nicole. Too bad everyone is turning into a suspect, including Nicole herself.

Extraordinary Birds

Extraordinary Birds
Author: Sandy Stark-McGinnis
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2019-04-30
ISBN 10: 1526603144
ISBN 13: 9781526603142
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Extraordinary Birds Book Review:

Eleven-year-old December knows everything about birds, and everything about getting kicked out of foster homes. All she has of her biological mum is the book she left behind, The Complete Guide to Birds, Volume One, and a photo with a message: 'In flight is where you'll find me.' December knows she's truly a bird, just waiting for the day she transforms and flies away to reunite with her mum. The scar on her back must be where her wings have started to blossom – she just needs to practise and to find the right tree. She has no choice; it's the only story that makes sense. When she's placed with Eleanor, a new foster mum who runs a taxidermy business and volunteers at a wildlife rescue, December begins to see herself and what home means in a new light. But the story she tells herself about her past is what's kept December going this long, and she doesn't know if she can let go of it ... even if changing her story might mean that she can finally find a place where she belongs.

Stay With Me

Stay With Me
Author: Paul Griffin
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2011-09-08
ISBN 10: 1101529431
ISBN 13: 9781101529430
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Stay With Me Book Review:

A heartbreaking urban romance from award-winning author Paul Griffin Fifteen-year-olds Cece and Mack didn't expect to fall in love. She's a sensitive A student; he's a high school dropout. But soon they're spending every moment together, bonding over a rescued dog, telling their secrets, making plans for the future. Everything is perfect. Until Mack makes a horrible mistake, and suddenly the future they'd planned becomes impossible. In this stark new reality, both of them must find hope in the memories of what they had, to survive when the person they love can't stay.

Dogtag Summer

Dogtag Summer
Author: Elizabeth Partridge
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2011-03-15
ISBN 10: 1599906732
ISBN 13: 9781599906737
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dogtag Summer Book Review:

Twelve-year-old Tracy-or Tuyet-has always felt different. The villagers in Vietnam called her con-lai, or "half-breed," because her father was an American GI. And she doesn't fit in with her adoptive family in California, either. But when Tracy and a friend discover a soldier's dogtag hidden among her father's things, it sets her past and her present on a collision course. Where should her broken heart come to rest? In a time and place she remembers only in her dreams? Or among the people she now calls family? Partridge's sensitive portrayal of a girl and her family grappling with the complicated legacy of war is as timely today as the events were decades ago.

See You in the Cosmos

See You in the Cosmos
Author: Jack Cheng
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2017-02-28
ISBN 10: 0399186395
ISBN 13: 9780399186394
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

See You in the Cosmos Book Review:

“I haven't read anything that has moved me this much since Wonder.” —Jennifer Niven, author of All the Bright Places A space-obsessed boy and his dog, Carl Sagan, take a journey toward family, love, hope, and awe in this funny and moving novel for fans of Counting by 7s, Walk Two Moons, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. 11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan—named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he’ll uncover—from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew. Jack Cheng’s debut is full of joy, optimism, determination, and unbelievable heart. To read the first page is to fall in love with Alex and his view of our big, beautiful, complicated world. To read the last is to know he and his story will stay with you a long, long time. "Stellar." —Entertainment Weekly “Life-embracing.” —The Wall Street Journal "Works beautifully." —The New York Times Book Review “Irresistible.” —The Chicago Tribune “The best I've read in a long, long time.” —Holly Goldberg Sloan, author of Counting by 7s “Riveting, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious.” —Kirkus, starred review “A propulsive stream-of-conscious dive.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review “A gift—a miracle.” —Paul Griffin, author When Friendship Followed Me Home “Exuberant.” —Booklist "Full of the real kind of magic." —Ally Condie, author of Matched "Absorbing, irresistible." —Common Sense Media “Incredible.” —BookRiot "Full of innocence and unwavering optimism." —SLC "Inspiring." —Time for Kids “Powerfully affirms our human capacity for grace and love and understanding.” —Gary D. Schmidt, author of Okay for Now

Unbound: A Novel in Verse

Unbound: A Novel in Verse
Author: Ann E. Burg
Publsiher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2016-09-27
ISBN 10: 0545937876
ISBN 13: 9780545937870
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Unbound: A Novel in Verse Book Review:

The day Grace is called from the slave cabins to work in the Big House, Mama makes her promise to keep her eyes down. Uncle Jim warns her to keep her thoughts tucked private in her mind or they could bring a whole lot of trouble and pain. But the more Grace sees of the heartless Master and hateful Missus, the more a rightiness voice clamors in her head-asking how come white folks can own other people, sell them on the auction block, and separate families forever. When that voice escapes without warning, it sets off a terrible chain of events that prove Uncle Jim's words true. Suddenly, Grace and her family must flee deep into the woods, where they brave deadly animals, slave patrollers, and the uncertainty of ever finding freedom. With candor and compassion, Ann E. Burg sheds light on a startling chapter of American history--the remarkable story of runaways who sought sanctuary in the Great Dismal Swamp--and creates a powerful testament to the right of every human to be free.

Ten Mile River

Ten Mile River
Author: Paul Griffin
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2008-06-12
ISBN 10: 1440635595
ISBN 13: 9781440635595
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ten Mile River Book Review:

A stunning debut novel about survival and friendship on the streets of New York City. Best friends Ray and Jose are not your typical thirteen-year-olds. They?ve escaped foster care and juvenile detention centers to live on their own together in an abandoned building located near Manhattan Park called Ten-Mile River. With no use for school or families, street-smart Jose and bookish, introspective Ray have everything they need in each other. They are closer than brothers until they meet Trini. She?s smart, beautiful, and confident, and they both fall for her immediately. As tension creeps into their relationship, Ray must struggle to find an identity separate from Jose and try to envision a future for himself beyond Jose and Ten-Mile River. This is Paul Griffin?s first novel, and his spare moving prose and uncanny ear for authentic dialogue is guaranteed to garner many fans.

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Author: Joan Aiken
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2012-08-02
ISBN 10: 1448139899
ISBN 13: 9781448139897
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase Book Review:

Can you go a little faster? Can you run? Long ago, at a time in history that never happened, England was overrun with wolves. But as Bonnie and her cousin Sylvia discover, real danger often lies closer to home. Their new governess, Miss Slighcarp, doesn't seem at all nice. She shuts Bonnie in a cupboard, fires the faithful servants and sends the cousins far away from Willoughby Chase to a place they will never be found. Can Bonnie and Sylvia outwit the wicked Miss Slighcarp and her network of criminals, forgers and snitches? BACKSTORY: Find out a few things you didn't know about wolves and learn all about the wonderful world of the author.

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel
Author: Firoozeh Dumas
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2016-05-03
ISBN 10: 054461237X
ISBN 13: 9780544612372
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel Book Review:

Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name—Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Even mood rings and puka shell necklaces can't distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home. A poignant yet lighthearted middle grade debut from the author of the best-selling Funny in Farsi.

The Day My Fart Followed Me Home

The Day My Fart Followed Me Home
Author: Dr Ben Jackson,Sam Lawrence
Publsiher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Total Pages: 34
Release: 2016-04-05
ISBN 10: 9781530776276
ISBN 13: 1530776279
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Day My Fart Followed Me Home Book Review:

If you and your child love to read together, then you are going to love this! "The Day My Fart Followed Me Home" is a beautifully illustrated journey of Timmy and how he meets his new friend! If you enjoy reading funny books with gorgeous pictures and love your child to read along with you, then make sure you grab "The Day My Fart Followed Me Home"! "Discover and giggle along with Timmy on his unexpected journey with his new best friend!"

Vengeance

Vengeance
Author: George Jonas
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 388
Release: 2005-12
ISBN 10: 0743291646
ISBN 13: 9780743291644
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Vengeance Book Review:

Discloses the Israeli plan to assassinate the known terrorist leaders responsible for the Munich massacre of Israeli athletes and chronicles the story of the hit-squad's leader, a Mossad assassin morally destroyed by his mission. Reprint. 175,000 first printing. (Tie-in to the Universal Pictures, DreamWorks film, written by Tony Kushner, directed by Steven Spielberg, releasing Winter 2005, starring Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, & Geoffrey Rush) (History - General)

The Way Home Looks Now

The Way Home Looks Now
Author: Wendy Wan-Long Shang
Publsiher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2015-04-28
ISBN 10: 0545609585
ISBN 13: 9780545609586
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Way Home Looks Now Book Review:

From the award-winning author of THE GREAT WALL OF LUCY WU comes a beautifully written and poignant story of family and loss, healing and friendship, and the great American pastime, baseball. Twelve-year-old Peter Lee and his family are baseball lovers, who bond over back lot games and talk of the Pittsburgh Pirates. But when tragedy strikes, the family flies apart and baseball no longer seems to matter. Is that true? Peter wonders if just maybe the game they love can pull them together and bring them back, safe at home.