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The button war: a tale of the Great War

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Candlewick Press,
Pub. Date:
First edition.
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IL: MG - BL: 3.9 - AR Pts: 6
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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 -- until the Germans drop a bomb on the schoolhouse and the Great War comes crashing in. As control of the village falls from one nation to another, Jurek, the ringleader of these friends, devises the best dare yet: whichever boy steals the finest military button will be king. But as sneaking buttons from uniforms hanging to dry progresses to looting the bodies of dead soldiers -- and as Jurek's obsession with being king escalates -- Patryk begins to wonder whether their "button war" is still just a game. When devastation reaches their doorstep, the lines between the button war and the real war blur, especially for the increasingly callous Jurek. Master of historical fiction Avi delivers a fierce account of the boys of one war-torn village who are determined to prove themselves with a simple dare that spins disastrously out of control.
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Grouping Title button war a tale of the great war
Grouping Author avi
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2018-08-13 12:16:34PM
Last Indexed 2018-08-13 12:17:10PM

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author Avi, 1937-
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display_description Patryk and Jurek are as much friends as rivals in the small Russian-occupied Polish village where they live. When, in August 1914, Patryk finds an old button on the forest floor, Jurek becomes wildly jealous. Not long after, World War I comes to Poland, bringing one invading army after another to the village. Jurek devises an exciting dare among the seven boys in their pack: whoever steals the best military button will be Button King. The boys agree. The contest is on. The competition escalates from stealing uniform buttons on a wash line to looting the bodies of dead soldiers to setting up an ambush. Leading the charge is Jurek, who will do anything to be Button King. It's only Patryk who tries to stop Jurek's increasingly dangerous game before it leads to deadly consequences.
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publishDate 2018
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subject_facet Boys -- Juvenile fiction, Boys -- Poland -- Fiction, Boys -- Poland -- Juvenile fiction, Buttons -- Juvenile fiction, Competition (Psychology) -- Juvenile fiction, Historical fiction, World War, 1914-1918 -- Juvenile fiction, World War, 1914-1918 -- Poland -- Fiction, World War, 1914-1918 -- Poland -- Juvenile fiction
title_display The button war : a tale of the Great War
title_full The button war : a tale of the Great War / Avi
title_short The button war :
title_sub a tale of the Great War
topic_facet Boys, Buttons, Competition (Psychology), World War, 1914-1918