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When Friendship Followed Me Home

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Gripping, heartwarming story of foster boy's serious loss.

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age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+
The male friend says things like "Does she have a big butt?" and looks at girls breast but not very often. Two close friends share a small sweet kids but that's about it.
age 10+

Very sweet

Child in the foster system, a stray dog, another child dying of cancer. Sounds like a real tear jerker, and it is. It is also a story of love, hope, and resilience.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (7):

Readers will love spending time with these smart, funny, relatable characters who display grace under fire even when they're put through the emotional wringer of serious loss. Ben, the extremely likable narrator, tells his story in a wry, self-deprecating, highly entertaining voice, and his story grips us. Ben's already had a challenging life when he's called upon to absorb multiple losses, and his best friend Halley has to deal with a life-threatening rare cancer. Though these characters have lives laced with sadness, readers might find themselves envying them, because through it all, they have each other.

The fast-paced story takes place over two short months, and some readers who've experienced loss may feel that Ben skips essential stages of grief, specifically the one where grief kicks you in the stomach and doesn't let you up for months. But this page-turning, emotionally resonant story provides reassurance that we're all loved and cared for -- by our loved ones here, by those who've passed on, and by sweet, slobbery strays who follow us home, giving life pleasure and meaning.

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