The Friendship War

By Andrew Clements

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Stickers, Silly Bandz, Rainbow Looms, fidget spinners . . . buttons?! A brand-new school story about friendship and fads 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. It’s 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 also 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 sixth grade–she will have to figure out a way to end the fad once and for all. But once a fad starts, can it be stopped?

Andrew Clements, the beloved author of Frindle, returns with a deliciously entertaining and deeply satisfying story that will resonate with anyone who’s ever been in a classroom . . . or been a kid. A fad is a tough thing to kill, but then again, so is a friendship.

“On-point.”–Publishers Weekly

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Book Details

Available in Audio

Published January 2019 by Random House

208 pages

Available in English, Simplified Chinese, Complex Chinese, Korean, Italian, and Japanese


What did I like about Ellie, anyway? How come I thought we were such great friends? That’s a hard question. Then it hits me: Other kids must have thought I was kind of mean, too, because I was Ellie’s friend! Did some of her meanness rub off on me, just from hanging out every day? Did I get infected—is that how meanness spreads . . . scientifically? And how mean did I let myself get? Did I go along with Ellie so we could keep being friends? I guess I must have.

—Grace, as she faces some hard facts

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