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, Young Adult, Fiction, 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 ...
  • Jessica
    Raw, upsetting, little book about the outbreak of the first World War, as it effects a very, very small village in Poland. The boys in the village are at first more fascinated with a contest they've created: collecting the fancy buttons from different uniforms as different soldiers occupy their town. Both the contest and the war escalate, as does the bullying from one of the boys. Not a comfortable read, but, as with so many of Avi's books, what ...
  • 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...
  • Patty Smith
    Thank you to Netgalley, Candlewick Press and Avi for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Meet Patryk and his buddies. They live in a small rural town in Poland, surrounded by a large forest. Their village has one schoolhouse, one church, and one bridge that leads into town. The nearest city is maybe a five hour walk. Nothing much ever happens in their town. The boys like to hang out at their favourite spot by the water pump in the middle of t...
  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    It's August 1914 and World War I has just begun, and it has arrived in 12-year-old Patryk's small Polish village, within Galicia, a kingdom in eastern Europe that has seen varying occupations over its history. Presently, it is occupied by the Russian Army, who pretty much leave the villagers alone.Though Patryk and his six friends like to hang out by the village's water pump, they also have a favorite spot in the woods just outside their village....
  • Nostalgia Reader
    A quick read that immerses you in the time period and what it was like to be a Polish kid caught in the middle of the fighting in World War 1.Avi’s works have always been well written from a kid’s perspective, something that’s surprising difficult to capture many times–the questions, the moral dilemmas, and especially, the conversation tones. Patryk, the narrator, has a voice that successfully expresses all these notes. While the question...
  • Suzanne Maley
    I gave this book 4 stars because it was well written and not because I liked it. It made me think of the Lord of the Flies. However, war and bullying are not subjects to enjoy. I felt that the story will give children a sense of what it is like to be in the middle of a war. But the main story was about the boys. Jurek was a bully who was unhinged and this made him doubly dangerous. The results were just as drastic as the results of the war.
  • Paula
    Patryk is a 12 year old boy who lives in a little Polish village in 1914. His friends are typical boys experiencing a bond that involves a game of dare. When his friend Jurek instigates the 'button war dare' during an actual war between the Russian and German soldiers, their bond becomes unstable. The plot involves violence and weapons.
  • Miranda Paris
    One of Avi's best yet!
  • Stephanie
    Before the start of the first World War, Patryk lives in a tiny Polish village right between the Russians and the Germans. Patryk and his friends challenge each other to find the best button from a soldier's uniform, just as war is breaking around them. Although this is a small story historically, capturing just this couple of days in a tiny town, it really struck me. Patryk's voice, and his struggle to do the right thing even when his friends do...
  • Hannah
    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book — all opinions are my own.**DISCLAIMER: While this is a middle-grade book, I would caution sensitive readers to talk with a teacher/parent before reading, as there are several troubling scenes describing bloody injuries, deaths, and war themes. **Avi does a wonderful job of illustrating how war challenges our definitions of “right” and “wrong.” This book focuses on a...
  • Maria Antonia
    **Note: I received a free copy of this title from the people at NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**Basic Plot: It's August 1914 in a small village in Poland. The Great War has begun, but Patryk and his six friends are caught up in their own Button War... to see which boy can find (read: steal) the best button from the uniforms of the various occupying soldiers. Little do they know that this war is going to have deadly consequences.WHAT...
  • 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...
  • Jaina Rose
    This review and many more like it are available at Read Till Dawn .I'll be perfectly honest: I had very, very high expectations for The Button War because it's written by Avi. Most people love Avi for The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, but the truth is that I barely even remember that book; no, the reason I had high hopes for this new Avi read was because I was obsessed with his The Secret School when I was little. It grabbed my fascinati...
  • Linda
    These boys in a small town in Poland already occupied by Russians learn the harsh realities of following a leader they cannot refuse as war nears even their remote village. The main character Patryk is only twelve and hangs out with six others, one of whom reveals a glimpse of his terrible anger one time as they “played” in the forest. Patryk finds a button which competitive Jurek wants, who nearly clubs him with a tree limb to get it. After ...
  • Danica Hughes
    Thanks to #kidlitexchange for a free copy of this book to review #partner. Wow, I loved Avi growing up, he’s a pro at writing historical fiction. So I was very excited to get a copy of this book to review. This is a story of a group of friends, seven young boys ages 11-12, set in the year 1914 in the small Polish village where they live during World War 1. Two of the boys, Patryk and Jurek are as much friends as they are rivals. Constantly maki...
  • Ashley Earley
    Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars I received this copy in a subscription box for writers! The theme of the Scribbler Box in which this book came in was for "Research" and I have to admit that this was the perfect book for this box. If it wasn't for this box, this would not have been a book I would have picked up for myself. Despite how much anxiety this book caused, I'm still glad I gave it a chance! I don't normally read books such as this. Realistic his...
  • Mandy
    I received this book as part of a Librarything giveaway. Thanks to Candlewick Press for sending it to me.It’s August 1914 in a small Polish village: Patryk and his little group of friends are just like other boys their age. They like to explore the forest, hate school, and enjoy spending their time hanging around the old water pump. Yet that summer two things happen that change their lives forever: first, the Russian soldiers who have been stat...
  • Gmr
    To me, this story is a children's version of World War II.Whereas the adults were fighting for bloodlines, land, and glory, the kiddos were trying to top one another with the grandest button procured...sound simple? Sound like child's play? Well trust me, it's not. There are still those bragging rights for the one deemed the winner of them all, the power that comes with that coveted spot, and the lording over factor to deal with...depending on wh...
  • Suzanne
    The latest historical fiction from Avi takes place in a small village in Poland during the early twentieth century. Patryk and the other boys his age attend school, work with their families, and play in the woods nearby. They are familiar with the Russian soldiers barracked in the village and many of their neighbors don't even know the names of the nearest large cities, because they have never traveled anywhere. When one of the boys begins a comp...
  • Fats
    Did I want a Russian button? Well, no. Except, well, yes. There was something about the way Jurek made his dares: If you didn't accept, his brag stood. Then he gloated. Made me want to prove I could be as good as him. And to shut him up. - Patryk, p. 34The rules of the game are simple: whoever has the best military button will be named Button King, and the button has to be stolen - not asked for. Set in August 1914, The Button War explores a dea...
  • Heather
    Received an advanced copy in exchange for a fair review.I had forgotten Avi but man, did I read a bunch of his work when I was a middle school history nerd. Now as an adult history nerd, I was excited to revisit a favorite childhood author. "The Button War" is a brilliant little character study set in a small Polish village in World War I. A group of friends start a competition to find the "best" button pilfered from the uniforms of occupying sol...
  • Christina
    This is an allegory type of story, where the plot really just serves the theme ("War is horrible for both sides and especially those noncombatants caught in the middle"), so it's not going to have a happy ending. And it doesn't. It was an okay book; the characters were not seen long enough to become fully rounded, it's a short story really. It takes place in a nameless Polish village during World War I, a town that ends up being bandied between t...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Cross-posted from Kiss the Book reviewer's personal Goodreads accountThe Button War : A Tale of the Great War by Avi 240 pages Candlewick Press 2018 $17.Language: G: (0 swears 0 'f'); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG-13 War Violence BUYING ADVISORY: MS - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE 12-year-old Patryk lives in a small village in Poland in 1914. One boy, Jurek, is a bully and a trouble maker, after stealing a button off a Russian Soldier's un...
  • Liz Friend
    The story: Patryk's village is being occupied by the Russians at the start of World War I. When daredevil Jurek gets a button from a Russian soldier's uniform, an instant competition starts among the seven boys in their group: who can steal the best button? Things get more and more dangerous as the Germans come to town, and soon Patryk has to decide what's the most important thing: getting the best button, or staying alive? The answer is harder t...
  • 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...
  • Mary Louise
    In 1914 the Polish village where Patryk a twelve yearold and his six friends live has been occupied by Russians for years, but then a strange, large, bird-like object drops something that causes the chool house to explode. Patryk soon learns the object is a German aeroplane and now the Germans have control of the town for the moment. In the midst of uncertainty, life goes on and the friends devise a game to see who of them will become the Button ...
  • Michelle Kidwell
    The Button WarA Tale of the Great Warby AviCandlewick PressCandlewickMiddle GradePub Date 12 Jun 2018I am reviewing a copy of The Button War through Candlewick Press and Netgalley:Beloved Children Author Avi pens a story of ordinary boys living in wartime, sharing there struggles, tensions, dreams, even the darker side of reality of wartime...Patryk is a twelve year old boy who doesn't know much of the world outside of his tiny Polish Village, th...