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Publisher's Summary

A boy's chance encounter with a scruffy dog leads to an unforgettable friendship in this deeply moving story about life, loss, and the meaning of family.
Ben Coffin has never felt like he fits in. A former foster kid, he keeps his head down at school to avoid bullies and spends his afternoons reading sci-fi books at the library. But that all changes when he finds a scruffy abandoned dog named Flip and befriends the librarian's daughter, Halley. For the first time, Ben starts to feel like he belongs in his own life.
Then everything changes, and suddenly Ben is more alone than ever. But with a little help from Halley's magician father, Ben discovers his place in the world and learns to see his own magic through others' eyes.
Equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming, this audiobook is a must-listen for dog lovers and fans of emotionally resonant middle grade novels like One for the Murphys and Okay for Now.
©2016 Paul Griffin (P)2016 Listening Library
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Critic Reviews

"Full of pace and laughter, bruises and heart. Paul Griffin is the sort of writer you're torn between telling the whole world about and keeping all to yourself." (Markus Zusak, author of Printz Honor Winner The Book Thief)
" Friendship is an absolutely beautiful, heart-expanding book. I cried, but more than that I felt this giant balloon of love for everyone. This story convinced me all over again that love and imagination are life's biggest magic. It'll make you want to grab hold of everyone important to you and lick them on the nose." (Rebecca Stead, author of Newbery Award winner When You Reach Me)
"Some books change the way you see the world. Some change the way you breathe. This book will leave you breathless. This is Paul Griffin's best book yet - and that's really saying something." (Patricia McCormick, author of National Book Award Finalist Sold)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 01-23-18

When friendship rolled me home

This book started slow. I wondered if it was too dark for my nine year old. But it really took off midway and I'm glad I stuck it out! What a poignant story! I recommend listening first before sharing with the young ones though. It delves head first into some serious life and death issues.

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