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When Friendship Followed Me Home

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

by Paul Griffin, 247 pages, Grades 6 and up

“Never let the hill slow you down, Traveler.” This is something Ben’s mom would have said to help him get through difficult times. The trouble is, this hill might just be too steep. Ben is moving in with his aunt and uncle after his mom died; how can he feel “at home” in a place that has never been his home. At least he has Flip and Rainbow girl in his life. Flip is his little dog he can carry around in his backpack, and Rainbow Girl is a new friend who is trying to convince him to help her write a novel. Maybe friendship is just the thing to help him up this hill of troubles.

If you like books about kids overcoming adversity, you might also like: Waiting for Normal, by Leslie Connor, Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan, or The Boy in the Black Suit, by Jason Reynolds.

 

Rain, Reign

Monday, April 13th, 2015

20575434by Ann Martin, 222 pages, Grades 6 and up

 

Rose loves homonyms; she is obsessed with them, in fact. When she finds a new set of homonyms she adds it to her list written all by hand; her father doesn’t think they need computers at home. Sometimes when she finds a new set it is so exciting that her aide has to help her calm down outside the classroom, and sometimes other kids in her class don’t understand her because of this.  Some bad things that have happened to Rose are: her mother left, her father spends a lot of time at the neighborhood bar, and she is not allowed to ride the school bus anymore. The best thing that happened to Rose is that her dad gave her a dog. He found her one day after a big rainstorm and brought her home to Rose; she called her Rain. Rose wondered why anyone would let such a good dog go wandering around without a collar; her dad tells her whoever owner her before must not have cared very much. When Rain goes missing from their house, Rose understands that sometimes even dogs who are loved can get out without a collar and lose their way; it doesn’t mean the owner doesn’t care. Rose knows she cares about Rain more than anything, but it will take more than that to get her back.

 

If you like books about dogs and their owners you might also like: Because of Winn Dixie, by Kate di Camillo, A Dog For Life, by L.S. Matthews, or Cracker, by Cynthia Kadohata.