The Friendship War (Paperback)

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A fabulous school story about fads and friendship from the bestselling author of Frindle.

This is war. Okay--that's too dramatic.
But no matter what this is called, so far I'm winning.
And it feels wonderful.

Grace and Ellie have been best friends since second grade. Ellie's always right in the center of everything--and Grace is usually happy to be Ellie's sidekick. But what happens when everything changes? This time it's Grace who suddenly has everyone's attention when she accidentally starts a new fad at school. A fad that has first her class, then her grade, and then the entire school collecting and trading and even fighting over . . . buttons?! A fad that might get her in major trouble and could even be the end of Grace and Ellie's friendship. Because Ellie's not used to being one-upped by anybody. There's only one thing for Grace to do. With the help of Hank, the biggest button collector in the 6th grade, she'll have to figure out a way to end the fad once and for all. But once a fad starts, can it be stopped?

"A fun, charming story about fads and the friendships that outlast them."--Booklist

"On-point."--Publishers Weekly

About the Author

ANDREW CLEMENTS is the New York Times bestselling author of the beloved modern classic Frindle, which has sold over six million copies, won nineteen state awards (and been nominated for thirty-eight!), and been translated into over a dozen languages. Andrew began writing while a public school teacher outside of Chicago. Visit Andrew online at

Praise For…

Praise for The Friendship War
A 2021-2022 Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award Program Nominated Title
"On-point." --Publishers Weekly 
"A girl accidentally starts a school fad, causing a rift with her best friend, in this latest novel fromClements. 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. A fun, charming story about fads and the friendships thatoutlast them." --Booklist

Praise for Andrew Clements's The Losers Club
"I LOVED this book. . . . Five stars." --Colby Sharp, teacher, blogger, and cofounder of the Nerdy Bookclub
"Refreshing and empowering." --Booklist
"Readers will instantly relate." --Publishers Weekly
"Another upbeat, modern school story sure to please fans and teachers." --Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Andrew Clements!

"Clements is a genius." --The New York Times
"We have never read an Andrew Clements book that we haven't loved." --The Washington Post
* "The master of the . . .  feel-good school story." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred

Product Details
ISBN: 9780399557620
ISBN-10: 0399557628
Publisher: Yearling
Publication Date: January 7th, 2020
Pages: 208
Language: English