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  • ISBN: 0763690538
  • ISBN: 9780763690533
  • Physical Description: 229 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts Candlewick Press, 2018.

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Summary, etc.: 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.
Target Audience Note:
Middle school

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 April #2
    There are seven of them, Patryk reports: himself and six friends, all 11 or 12 years old; they aren't a gang, he continues, but "more like a flock of wild goats." They live in a small Polish village in the year 1914. Jurek is their de facto leader, boasting (falsely) that he is a descendant of Boleslaw the Brave, the ancient king of Poland. The boys' lives change dramatically when an airplane appears and bombs their school, evidencing that war has come to the village. The occupying Russians flee in the face of a German advance. Meanwhile, another sort of war has come—a button war. For at Jurek's instigation, the boys agree to steal buttons from the soldiers; the one with the best button will become king. But it's an increasingly dangerous game as, one by one, the boys are killed. Who will survive to become "king?" The award-winning Avi has turned in another solid performance, bringing history alive with a clever plot, a powerful, anti-war theme, and characters as memorable as his story. Grades 4-6. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Avi is one of the most celebrated authors writing for children today, having received two Boston GlobeHorn Book Awards, a Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, a Christopher Award, a Newbery Medal, and two Newbery Honors. He lives in Colorado.

Subject: World War (1914-1918)
World War, 1914-1918 Juvenile fiction
Boys Juvenile fiction
Competition (Psychology) Juvenile fiction
Buttons Juvenile fiction
World War, 1914-1918 Poland Juvenile fiction
Boys Poland Juvenile fiction
World War, 1914-1918 Poland Fiction
Boys Poland Fiction
JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Military & Wars
JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Europe
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / Europe
Competition (Psychology)
Historical fiction
Genre: Juvenile works.
Historical fiction.
Historical fiction.
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