The friendship war / Andrew Clements.

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      First edition.
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      Summary: 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.
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      CLEMENTS, A. The friendship war. First edition. [s. l.]: Random House, 2019. ISBN 9780399557590. Disponível em: Acesso em: 29 set. 2020.
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      Clements A. The Friendship War. First edition. Random House; 2019. Accessed September 29, 2020.
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      Clements, A. (2019). The friendship war (First edition.). Random House.
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      Clements, Andrew. 2019. The Friendship War. First edition. Random House.
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      Clements, A. (2019) The friendship war. First edition. Random House. Available at: (Accessed: 29 September 2020).
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      Clements, A 2019, The friendship war, First edition., Random House, viewed 29 September 2020, .
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      Clements, Andrew. The Friendship War. First edition., Random House, 2019. EBSCOhost,
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      Clements, Andrew. The Friendship War. First edition. Random House, 2019.
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Booklist Reviews 2018 November #2

A girl accidentally starts a school fad, causing a rift with her best friend, in this latest novel from Clements. Grace loves collecting interesting things, so when she visits an old mill with her grandfather, she becomes the proud owner of boxes and boxes of vintage buttons. The buttons are a hit at school, and when Grace's classmates start bringing their own buttons to trade, a button craze is born. Grace likes the fad, especially since it leads to a new friendship with smart, inquisitive Hank. But it also causes a feud with her best friend Ellie, who can't stand that Grace can out-trade her for the best buttons. Grace must deal with "button fever" and fix her friendship. The funny, science-loving Grace is an endearing narrator—just the right person to document the strange but creative ways her classmates' button obsession flourishes. The buttons could stand in for any number of middle-school fads, but they carry the extra poignancy of forgotten objects given new life. A fun, charming story about fads and the friendships that outlast them. Grades 3-6. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2019 Fall

A button war ensues after sixth grader Grace acquires boxes of old buttons and Grace's classmates create a burgeoning button economy. In a scene that's a model of friendship dynamics and of how wars get started, things get ugly when Grace snares a particularly attractive button her bossy best friend wants. Clements knows the appeal of digging into details, and he's not afraid to engage characters in abstract thinking. Copyright 2019 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2019 #1

You know this novel was once upon a time going to be called The Button War, but was beaten to it by a very different novel from Avi (rev. 9/18). But a button war is exactly what ensues when sixth grader Grace acquires boxes and boxes (and boxes) of old buttons courtesy of her grandfather, restoring an old factory building. At first, of course, it's all fun and games as Grace's classmates create a burgeoning economy in buttons, whether acquired from Grace or brought from home, with trading becoming sophisticated and subject to perceived rarity and—even in the course of a week!—?shifting tastes. Things get ugly for Grace when she manages to snare a particularly attractive button her bossy best friend wants for herself, in a scene that is not only a model of friendship dynamics but of how wars get started: "But right now the main fact is, I have the pinwheel button clamped in my fist. And I am not giving it up." Clements knows the appeal of projects, digging into the details of how it all would work with his characters serving as extra-bright and extra-sympathetic lab rats, responding to stimuli and refining their approaches. And he's not afraid to engage his characters in abstract thinking, whether it's about the law of supply and demand or the question of life after death, a chat about which Grace and her mother have one morning on the drive to school—you know, as one does. roger Sutton January/February 2019 p 87 Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 October #5

In the latest on-point school story by Clements (The Losers Club), compulsive collector Grace is thrilled when her grandfather says she can keep the 27 boxes of buttons she discovers in his old mill. But after she shares some of the cache with her classmates, the show-and-tell spirals out of control, and kids schoolwide become obsessed with collecting and trading buttons. A math and science whiz, Grace becomes fixated on "collecting data" by counting the buttons on all her schoolmates' clothing, and eventually comes to the obvious conclusion that she and her peers have contracted "button fever." Though painstaking details of button swapping weigh down the narrative, Clements uses the over-the-top fad as a conduit to explore more substantial themes, including Grace's conflicted feelings about her superficial, know-it-all best friend; her deepening friendship with an insightful boy; and her affecting bond with her grandfather, who, like her, is mourning his wife's death. Regretting the frenzy she instigated, Grace applies the theory of supply and demand in a bold move to end it, precipitating a rewarding finale that underscores the value of friends and family—and wryly reveals the limitations of the scientific method. Ages 8–12. Agent: Amy Berkower, Writers House. (Jan.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.