Wednesday 27 March 2019

The Friendship War - Andrew Clements

The Friendship War
Andrew Clements
Random House
ISBN 9780399557590
eISBN 9780399557613

A few years ago I read 17 books by Andrew Clements. All were good reads, many were excellent reads. This book is the 18th book by Clements that I have given a read, and it is one of the best! Once I got reading this book, I could not put it down. It is an excellent story about friendship, about fads, and about forgiveness. Andrew Clements writes amazing Middle grade fiction. His stories are fun, entertaining and great for starting discussions. I have yet to read a book by Clements I have not thoroughly enjoyed, or that I did not look forward to rereading with my children.

In this story Grace and Ellie have been best friends since second grade. And Grace has always felt a little like Ellie’s side kick. But at the beginning of the sixth-grade things change. Grace realizes that things with Ellie are not fair. And Ellie shows off a lot, and she tries to control things, and often does. Both with Grace and to a large extent with all the girls in their grade. But this school year Grace has started a new fad. The fad is buttons. It started over the summer while she was visiting her grandfather. They find 30 cases of old buttons in the factory her Grandfather purchased, and Grace has asked for them all. Once they become popular at school Grace has a power she has never had before. And Because of the conflict with Ellie she is determined to go to war and to win. 

But soon things start going from bad to worse. Grace is beginning to regret her actions but does not see a clear way out of the path they are on. Based on some advice from her older brother on supply and demand. She believes is she floods the button market maybe buttons will become the last old thing, like rainbow looms, fidget spinners, silly bandz and more. But Sometimes the best laid plans have very unexpected consequences. Can Grace restore her friendship with Ellie? Can she keep growing her new friendship with Hank? Can the friendship war come to an end without someone being destroyed?

This is a great realistic fiction novel. The events could take place at the school around the corner, or down the block, or in the next subdivision over. The story is deeper than some by Clements. It would be a great book to read in class or with a group of kids and have some discussions on. It is another excellent read from Clements and I give it a solid 5/5 stars!  

Books by Andrew Clements:
Bird Adalbert
Noah and the Ark and the Animals
Santa's Secret Helper
Temple Cat
Mother Earth's Counting Book
Billy and the Bad Teacher
Who Owns the Cow
Bright Christmas: An Angel Remembers
(Adapter)Philipp's Birthday Book
Riff's BeBop Book
Real Monsters Go for the Mold
Things That Go EEK on Halloween
Real Monsters Stage Fright
Music Time, Any Time
Double Trouble in Walla Walla
Gromble's Haunted Halloween
Hey Dad, Could I Borrow Your Hammer
The Landry News
Look Who's in the Thanksgiving Play
The Mouse Family
The Janitor's Boy
Circus Family Dog
The Christmas Kitten
The School Story
Things Not Seen 
The Jacket 
A Week in the Woods
Slippers at Home
Naptime for Slippers
The Report Card
The Last Holiday Concert
Slippers at School
Slippers Loves to Run
A Million Is a Lot of Dots
Lunch Money
Things Hoped For
Room One: A Mystery or Two
No Talking
Things That Are
Lost and Found
Extra Credit
About Average
The Map Trap
The Friendship War
The Losers Club

Pets to the Rescue Series
Ringo Saves the Day!
Brave Norman
Tara and Tiree, Fearless Friends
Delores and the Big Fire

Jake Drake Series
Jake Drake Know-It-All
Jake Drake, Bully Buster
Jake Drake, Teacher's Pet
Jake Drake, Class Clown

Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School Series
We the Children
Fear Itself
The Whites of Their Eyes
In Harm's Way
We Hold These Truths

Reading Program Books
Karen's Island
Three Wishes for Buster
Bill Picket: An American Original, Texas Style
Hurricane Andrew
Ham and Eggs for Jack
Life in the Desert
Desert Treasure
Inventors: Making Things Better, Steck-Vaughn
Milo's Great Invention

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