The Friendship War

The Friendship War

Book - 2019
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When Grace takes boxes of old buttons from a building her grandfather bought, she starts a fad at school that draws her closer to one friend, but further from another.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780399557590
Branch Call Number: J Clem
Characteristics: 173 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Dec 13, 2020

When was the last time you used buttons (not the ones on your clothes)? Probably in elementary school, huh? Now, how would you react if I told you that buttons are a new fad? You might look at me a little crazy. But really, you should speak with Grace, the main character of “The Friendship War” by Andrew Clements. She could tell you all about the latest button fad that she accidentally started, which later turned into a monster.

Kids in her whole school began trading any and all buttons they could find, but eventually got out of control as they all became obsessed. And yet, Grace loses her best friend in the whole world, Elle, which officially starts their friendship war.

I must say that Clements did so very well writing from a young girl’s perspective! I was actually surprised that the book was written by a male. His writing skills are quite impressive! And with that, I enjoyed how he wrote Grace’s narration, as the book was written in first-person POV. I could laugh and cry with her as if I knew her! For me, that is one thing that makes a book good; when you can feel a character's emotions.

All of the characters are lovable in their own way as their personalities are so very different. Grace is into math and science, Elle is Miss. Popular and Hank is brilliant in research. Very well balanced threesome!

And speaking of characters, I have to mention how much I liked Hank. He was just the sweetest! I loved how he stepped in as a friend to Grace when Elle ditched her; he was always in her corner. I would want him to be my friend! His presence also made the book quite humorous as Grace’s family would tease her about their relationship. :D

This book definitely receives a 5-star rating from me! I enjoyed how right from the beginning, Clements got straight into the story, and the reader gets to learn more about the characters as they read along, since there is not per se any background information.

One thing I would say is that I wish it was longer! It was about 146 pages; thus, I went through the book in 3 days. It would be interesting to see another book that starred these three 6th-graders was released since it was not as long. I do not know what the plot could be, but nonetheless, I would totally get my hands on it!

Oct 20, 2020

When Grace’s grandpa buys an old building, she finds a whole bunch of buttons inside. She takes a few of them to school and shows them to her class. Her best friend, Ellie, has been friends with her for a very long time. She tries to beat Grace by bringing some old buttons in and shows them off at lunch. In the process they start a button fad, and also their friendship starts to break. Can they be friends again?

Aug 04, 2020

Ellie and Grace have been best friends for 4 years now. Ellie’s always in the spotlight, but Grace doesn’t mind. When Grace suddenly becomes the center of attention by unintentionally starting a fad, Ellie feels left out. Not only could this fad end their friendship, but it could also get Grace into big trouble. Grace must find a way to end the fad. If she can start a fad, she can end it. Right?

Find out by reading this wonderful story of loyalty, understanding, and what true friendship means.


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