Ben Coffin has never been one for making friends. As a former foster kid, he knows people can up and leave without so much as a goodbye. Ben prefers to spend his time with the characters in his favorite sci-fi books…until he rescues an abandoned mutt from the alley next-door to the Coney Island Library. 


Scruffy little Flip leads Ben to befriend a fellow book-lover named Halley—yes, like the comet—a girl unlike anyone he has ever met. Ben begins thinking of her as “Rainbow Girl” because of her crazy-colored clothes and her laugh, pure magic, the kind that makes you smile away the stormiest day.  

Rainbow Girl convinces Ben to write a novel with her.  But as their story unfolds Ben’s life begins to unravel, and Ben must discover for himself the truth about friendship and the meaning of home. 

Product details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 0590
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (June 7, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803738161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803738164