When Friendship Followed Me Home

When Friendship Followed Me Home

by Paul Griffin


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ISBN-13: 9780803738164
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 577,717
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Paul Griffin is the award-winning author of Ten Mile RiverThe Orange Houses, and Burning Blue. He lives, trains dogs, and writes in New York City.

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You’d have to be nuts to trust a magician. I learned that lesson the hard way. And then, if you can believe it, I actually became a magician’s assistant. That part was the Rainbow Girl’s fault, but the rest of it I blame on a little dog named Flip.

The trouble started the second Friday of seventh grade. Damon Rayburn shoved me out of the lunch line. “Thanks, Coffin,” he said.

“For what?” I said.

“Offering to buy me a slice.”

If you think a little threat like that could get me to surrender my pizza money to an idiot like Damon Rayburn, you know me pretty well. He slapped the back of my head and cut to the front of the line.

“You’re half a foot taller than him, Coffin,” this kid half a foot shorter than Rayburn said. His name was Chucky Mull, but everybody called him Chunky Mold. “You should have belted him. Now he knows he can push you around.”

“Allow me to quote Yoda, from The Empire Strikes Back,” I said. “‘A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.’”

“You were being called upon to defend your inalienable right to eat meatball pizza,” Mold said.

“Yoda also says don’t be a wimp.”“Yoda never uses the word wimp.”

“He says, ‘Fear is the path to the dark side.’ Dude, hello, The Phantom Menace?”

There was no debating Mold on this stuff. He had the T-shirts—the sheets too. I shoved him toward our spot far, far away in the dark corner where they kept the garbage dumpster nobody ever dumped. Mold’s mom had stuck a note on the waxed paper that barely covered his foot-long hero. It said, LOVE YOU. ⁄ He tossed the note and crammed a hunk of sandwich into his mouth. “Any chance you would consider splitting that with me?” I said. “Come on, Mold, you’ll never be able to finish the whole thing.”

“Watch me,” Chucky said. “Holy crud, here she comes.”Mrs. Pinto worked her way toward us. She was really pretty for a principal or even a normal human being. “Hi guys,” she said.

“Good, how are you?” Mold said.

“If you ever need anything, stop by my office, okay?”

“You too,” Mold said.Mrs. Pinto patted my shoulder as she left.

“She totally just touched you,” Chucky said. “You, a loser, caressed on your loser shoulder by Mrs. P. I sent her the wink almost like four hours ago now. Nothing. Why are you staring at me like that? Dude, the emoticon? Are you visiting from The Stone Age?”

“I know what the wink is. I just can’t believe you sent her one.”

“So?”“She’s old. Mold, she’s like thirty.” 

“It’s not what you think. On Facebook the wink is a sign of supreme respect. It’s like when somebody inspires you, you wink at them. It’s true. It’s an ancient custom that goes all the way back to classical times, the Greeks and Romanians. It’s like you’re bowing to her to acknowledge her awesomeness.”

“Then why not just send her a bow?”

“Because there’s no emoticon for that, you moron. Just because she has a totally amazing butt doesn’t mean she can’t be my hero too, for her, you know, incredible wisdom and everything.”

“That’s why you winked at her—her wisdom.” 

“What do you know anyway? You’re not even on Facebook. It’s a real thing, I swear. In many cultures it’s considered rude not to send the wink.” He batted away a fly from where the peanut butter slimed his lip like a gluey booger.

I had to believe him, firstly because you can tell when somebody’s lying, and he truly didn’t think he was, and most of all because he was right about me not being on Facebook. The whole friends thing: It wasn’t really happening. Even Mold was more aggravation than ally. I moved to the neighborhood less than two years before. In a year me and my mom were heading to Florida, right after she retired. We could live great down there for cheap, she said. I figured why bother making friends when I was out of here pretty soon?

“Chucky, not even a bite? Really?” I said.

“Dream on,” he said, or something like that. I couldn’t tell with the sandwich all gunked up in his braces.

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When Friendship Followed Me Home 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i first started reading it i wasnt to into it but then about 1/4 into the book i began to loveit! I coulfnt put it do and reading it mademe grin. But eventually it mad me cry even tho i know its just a book. :p but it was definittly one of the best books ive ever read i HIGHLY recommend this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its kinda confusing at points but I thinks such a deatailed book and there was alot of thought put into writing this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its kind of like the fault in our stars, or mayday. It makes you sad and happy at the same time~ the oracle at delphi
kathywhelan More than 1 year ago
I have not laughed and cried while reading a book in a long time. I thought I knew what was happening, and I was correct once and wrong once, but cried equally both times. The relationships and humor in this book lightened it so that although it can be sad at parts it isn't depressing. And guess what...after reading this book I seriously went out and adopted a dog! Unfortunately she needs a little more training to be "Flip"-like, but I love her anyway! Think Fault in Our Stars but taken down to a level appropriate for, but CERTAINLY NOT limited to, 5th and 6th grade.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book as it's my first Paul Griffin book. I thought it might be a little young for me since I'm in my 40s but I was wrong. It's complex, heart-wrenching, funny, and totally kept me guessing. Somehow he made serious themes within the book seem relatable to everyone, at any age. It's honest and painful yet you can't put it down. A definite must read for all ages. We can all learn something from this book.
HornerNC More than 1 year ago
My 11 year old daughter and I both really enjoyed "Adrift", so we were excited to have the opportunity to read Paul Griffin's new release "When Friendship Followed Me Home". Once again, Paul manages to capture your attention with charming characters and engaging story lines that leave you laughing, crying and wishing the story did not have to end. Given that the book is aimed at middle grade readers, I am impressed with the way that he gently handles adult themes such as love, family tensions, serious illness and loss (on several levels). Readers of all ages will enjoy this heart-warming story about friendship, family and finding your way through a life filled with twists and turns.