Ben Coffin is a twelve-year-old trying to overcome bullying at school. He prefers to spend his free time reading sci-fi at the library, where he comes across an abandoned puppy. Thanks to him, Ben meets Halley, a fellow book-lover. She convinces him to write a novel with her but as the story unfolds, Ben’s life begins to unravel and he must learn the truth about friendship and the meaning of home. Paul Griffin’s middle-grade debut will warm your heart as much as it breaks it.
About the Author
Paul Griffin studied film at Dartmouth College and today works with organizations that help adolescents. He is also the author of Burning Blue, Adrift, Ten Mile River, The Orange Houses, and Stay with Me. He lives in Manhattan, NY.
“[T]his bittersweet, well-paced book…left me with faith that people can feel discarded, as though everything they love will be taken from them, and still end up whole, if they are touched by love of friendship." — The New York Times Book Review, on the English-language edition
"Entrancing, magical, tragic, and uplifting." — Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on the English-language edition
"As in his young adult books, Griffin (Adrift) handles hard topics with penetrating insight and honesty, while balancing painful moments (and there are many) with levity." — Publishers Weekly, starred review, on the English- language edition