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





Things Not Seen by Andrew Clement

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One day Bobby Philips wakes up and he is invisible and he nor his family know what to do about it. He meets a blind girl named Alicia and together, they might solve the mystery of things not seen and learn some things about themselves along the way.

Clements, Andrew. Things Not Seen. New York: Penguin Group, 2002. 251 pages. Paperback. $10.00, ISBN 0-14-240731-3

You might be surprised to find out that this was the second novel written by Andrew Clements, right after his well known novel, Frindle. It took six years to get it published. Things Not Seen was rejected many times. I’m glad Clements kept trying. I love this story! It’s about a boy, Bobby Philips, who is just your average teenager. He goes to school, loves to read, and plays the trumpet in the school band. So, if he’s so average why does he wake up one morning to find that he can’t see himself in the mirror? Why Bobby? Follow Bobby through this crisis as he makes friends with Alicia, a blind girl who does not find out right away that Bobby is invisible. Together, they might solve the mystery of things not seen and learn some things about themselves along the way.

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Schneider Family Book Award, Teens, 2004

California Young Readers Medal – 2005

Andre Clements at a book signing June 28, 2008

Andrew Clements at a book signing June 28, 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Author Information Page

Meet the Author

Interview with Andrew Clements

Kirkus Starred Review for Things Not Seen

Discussion with Andrew Clements, October 18-29, 2004

How did you come up with the idea for Things Not Seen?
Invisibility is not a new idea – it’s actually as old as God. And books about people who become invisible – that’s not a new idea either, but most of these earlier books were either science fiction books or sort of scary, mad-scientist type books. I just wanted to explore what might happen if a normal kid woke up invisible one day. Would it be pure fun, or would there be another side to the experience. And that idea got the story started.

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