"When Friendship Followed Me Home" by Paul Griffin

New York Times Book Review, June 2016

Is there anything more heartbreaking than a child languishing in foster care? What about being taken in at age 10 by a loving caregiver who becomes Mom and then dies two years later? Or that same bright boy, convinced nothing good ever lasts, befriending a beautiful girl named Halley, only to discover she has cancer and may not be long for his impermanent world. All of this happens to Ben, the smart, wary 12-year-old in Paul Griffin’s first middle-grade novel, When Friendship Followed Me Home.