The Button War by Avi

The Button War

Renowned, award-winning author Avi pens a stark, unflinching tale of ordinary boys living in wartime as tensions — and desperations — mount among them.Twelve-year-old Patryk knows little of the world beyond his tiny Polish village; the Russians have occupied the land for as long as anyone can remember, but otherwise life is unremarkable. Patryk and his friends entertain themselves by coming up with dares — some more harmful than others — ...

Details The Button War

TitleThe Button War
Release DateJun 12th, 2018
PublisherCandlewick Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Childrens, Middle Grade, War, World War I

Reviews The Button War

  • Kristy K
    "What's the war about?" We were silent. No one knew the answer. I so wanted to like this middle grade historical fiction book set in Poland during WWI. But the characters were just horrible. Patryk, our MC, is a very weak character and a bit of pushover. He and his friends are the epitome of meek followers. They seem more concerned with the going along with Jurek's rules than their own safety and the lives of their friends. Jurek was a bully and ...
  • Mark Buxton
    Jurek is a crazy idiot! The Russian soldiers have left our town, the Germans have moved in, and he thinks his button war is the most important thing in the world. He's challenged us to find the best button from a soldier's uniform, which is dangerous to do while they're still wearing it. I should ignore Jurek, but I can't back down from his dares. Things will get really bad for our group of friends if he wins the contest. I thought the German bom...
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Netgalley.comPatryk lives in a small Polish town in 1914. The Russians have been in control for a number of years, but rumor has it that German soldiers are on their way. When a new fangled aeroplane blows up the school, everyone knows that war is on its way. Jurek, whose family is poor, becomes interested in buttons from soldiers' coats after finding one in an abandoned castle in the woods. He makes up a contest, with a cane as the pr...
  • Lori
    I received a free review copy of this book from NetGalley and Candlewick Press. All opinions and thoughts are my own. Most historical fiction these days centers around World War II; so I was pleasantly surprised to find this middle grade novel set in a small village in Poland during World War I. Patryk, the main character, and his village are stuck between two dangerous extremes: the Russian army that has occupied his home for years and the newly...
  • Library
    Appropriate historic fiction for middle school readers, a little dark in theme. Patryk is a young boy with friends who, as most adolescents will, hang out together. It is 1914, WW1 is close and nations are getting hostile. Their little town is ruled over by Russian soldiers. One of the boys, Jurek, has a button that he has stolen from a soldier. The boys decide to collect as many buttons as they can and the best button finder will earn the title ...
  • Michele
    Thank you to @candlewickpress for sharing this ARC way back at #aasl17! Avi has a new book! This one is set during WWI and features a band of seven boys. Patryk is a 12yo Polish boy living in a village controlled by Russians when suddenly the Germans come to town. He and his friends are typical boys getting into a little mischief, all centered around buttons.•This will be a great period piece for students who maybe aren’t as interested in the...
  • Mary
    This type of book doesn't really appeal to me, although it is well-written. Most people speak of it as a "war book" but i really think it is more a story of friendship and deception, and knowing the truth about your friends.
  • Brenda
    I enjoyed reading the book. It was a different angle than the typical "war" stories I have read in the past. Thank you for the advance copy!
  • J.D. Dehart
    The Button War joins Avi's prior work in accessible and well-written historical fiction with likeable and fleshed-out young characters who are also believable. The attention to detail here focuses outward on the setting and inward on these characters' lived realities.Being a former middle grades teacher, I know firsthand of the power of historical fiction for opening up understanding and building conversations with young learners. The Button War ...