When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin




“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.

Griffin, Paul. When Friendship Followed Me Home.  Dial, 2016. 247 pages. Hardcover. $16.99, ISBN 978-0-8037-3816-4

I loved this story – for a lot of reasons. First, it had a dog in it. I absolutely adore dogs and Flip is special. He can listen when kids read books to him – and he actually looks interested. Second, the story shows that when bad things happen, you can still survive, that there are always options. A good attitude goes a long way to help. Third, it made me laugh out loud. Ben Coffin is one funny guy and his friend Halley (like the comet) is equally entertaining. Ben and Halley are the kind of people who keep a positive attitude even when things aren’t looking so good. Another reason I love this book, one of the good guys in the story is a librarian who keeps homemade chocolate chip cookies on her desk and she’s pretty cool. I’m a librarian and I love cookies so I have lot in common with her. Plus, she’s Halley’s mom and I’m a mom so I can relate. Most likely, if you’re reading this, you’re a kid, and I think you just might relate to Ben and Halley and all that they are experiencing. This book will make you laugh and it will make you cry. I highly recommend it. If you want to know more, watch the book trailer below created by Heartland Media Center. They did a great job book talking this book. Enjoy!

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 Paul Griffin





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Zoe and Simon have something in common – they are both lonely. Zoe because her mother is dying of cancer and her father is always gone and Simon because he is a 300 year old vampire with no family. Simon is trying to avenge his mother’s death and stop the murders that have been happening in town while Zoe has to decide if she can trust Simon enough to help him.

Klause, Annette Curtis. The Silver Kiss. Delacorte Press, 1990. 238 pages. paperback. $8.99, ISBN 978-0-375-85782-9

Zoe’s mother is dying of cancer. Zoe’s father has checked out, he spends all his time with Zoe’s mom at the hospital and refuses to talk honestly to Zoe about the situation. Zoe’s best friend, Lorraine, is moving away. Can things get any worse? Enter Simon, a beautiful intriguing teenage boy, who just happens to be a 300 year-old vampire. Simon is just as lonely as Zoe and spends his days trying to avenge the death of his mother.  What will happen? Can Zoe trust Simon? Will Zoe be able to help him? And what is a Silver Kiss?

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  • A YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, 1990
  • A YALSA Recommended Book for Reluctant Readers, 1990
  • School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, 1990
  • Booklist Best Book and Editor’s Choice, 1990
  • Michigan Library Association Young Adults Division Best Book of the Year Honor Book, 1990
  • Michigan Thumbs Up! Award Honor Book, 1991
  • 1991 Locus Poll Award – Best First Novel
  • Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award Nominee, 1992
  • Maryland Library Association Black-Eyed Susan Award, 1992-93
  • California Young Reader’s Medal, 1993
  • Oklahoma Library Association Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award, 1993
  • South Carolina Library Association Young Adult Award, 1993
  • Pacific Northwest Young Reader’s Choice Award Nominee, 1993
  • One of the 100 Best of the Best Books for Young Adults–1967-1992, 1994
  • A YALSA Popular Paperback for Young Adults, 1999
  • One of the 100 Best of the Best Books for Young Adults–1967-1992, 2000
  • A YALSA Popular Paperback for Young Adults, 2009

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Interview with Annette Curtis Klause

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