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Paul Griffin


Paul Griffin

Paul has worked as a teacher and tutor, butler and bartender, driver and dog trainer, an EMT and amanuensis. He was a dockworker too, in his college years, and then a dishwasher for a bit (alongside Vin Diesel), but the hardest and best work was the teaching. Paul started working with at-risk, incarcerated and special needs teens in 1989, with a concentration in conflict resolution workshops aimed at stemming the spread of violence, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS among young adults. (Check out the Creative Arts Team, the amazing organization that made those workshops happen, and continues to this day to make magic with kids throughout NYC.) These days Paul works with awesome organizations like Behind The Book and Literacy for Incarcerated Teens, and his workshops focus on helping young men and women tell their life stories as they reach out to counselors, judges, admissions officers and potential employers. Twenty years to the day after Paul graduated Dartmouth, Penguin/Dial released his “first” novel TEN MILER RIVER. 

Paul Griffin

Books by Paul Griffin

by Paul Griffin - Animals , Children's 10+, Friendship

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 ally next-door to the Coney Island Library. Scruffy little Flip leads Ben to befriend a unique fellow book-lover named Halley --- a girl unlike anyone he has ever met.

by Paul Griffin - Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

Matt and John are best friends working out in Montauk for the summer.  When Driana, JoJo and Stef invite the boys to their Hamptons mansion, Matt and John find themselves in a sticky situation where temptation rivals sensibility.  The newfound friends head out into the Atlantic after midnight in a stolen boat.  None of them come back whole, and not all of them come back.