The Button War: eBook (Reflowable ePub)

By Avi

An unflinching tale of boyhood conflict and bravery set in a small village in Poland during WW1.

Award-winning author Avi pens a stark, unflinching tale of ordinary boys living during WW1 as tensions – and desperations – mount among them. Twelve-year-old Patryk has never left his Polish village and doesn’t know much about the outside world. Then one August, with the clatter-clatter of an aeroplane, the Great War explodes into his village. As the Germans and Russians fight for control, Patryk and his friends begin their own battle to find the best military button. It starts as a dare, but soon the boys find themselves trapped in a dangerous war. Just how far are they prepared to go to win?

Categories: Ebooks

For readers aged: 10+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Reflowable
  • ISBN: 9781406382167
  • Published: 01 Nov 2018
  • Price: £6.99
  • Pages: 240

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'In this arresting, unsettling novel for 9- to 14-year-olds [...] the author is so sparing with description and language, and the lines of dialogue are so clipped and abrupt, that the story feels both real and like a dread allegory.' The Wall Street Journal

'Darker than the Newbery Medalist’s usual fare, this powerfully evocative WWI novel set in Poland parallels a child’s game with the war raging in the not-so-distant background.' Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review

'an excellent read' The Times

'“It is an emotional, thought-provoking ride with plenty poignant moments that will keep you gripped to the end.”' Primary Times

'“Gripping, honest, forthright and very, very powerful.”' Fallen Star Stories

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