Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Friendship War” as Want to Read:
The Friendship War
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Friendship War

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  45 reviews
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 e
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Random House Books for Young Readers
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Friendship War, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Friendship War

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.90  · 
Rating details
 ·  106 ratings  ·  45 reviews

Sort order
Books on Stereo
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
The Friendship War boosts a nonsensical plot coupled with Clements signature style making this a warm, fluffy middle grade read.
Michele Knott
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another masterfully done school story about realistic kids and possibilities by Andrew Clements.
We’ve all seen fads come and go, and sometimes even come back again! But what is the math and science behind the fad? Our main character, Grace, tries to find an answer to this when her classmates go crazy for.... buttons! Trading, collecting and creating things out of buttons goes so out of control even the principal has to ban them from school. But what happens when an innocent-seeming fad hurts a
Ms. Yingling
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it
E ARC from Netgalley

When Grace visits her grandfather in Massachusetts, they tour an old clothing factory that he has bought to renovate and turn into shops. Grace is allowed to take items she finds home with her, and when she finds boxes of buttons, she asks to have them all... all 24 cases of them! Her grandfather agrees and ships them to her house. When school starts, Grace is a little apprehensive because she hasn't seen her best friend, Ellie, all summer. Ellie is very enthusiastic and talk
Katie Fitzgerald
Science-minded Grace is a collector of interesting objects, so when she asks her grandfather if she can have the thousands of old buttons she finds in the old building he just purchased, he doesn't hesitate to hand them over. When Grace brings a few of the buttons to school, however, she is unprepared for the sudden enthusiasm for buttons shown by not just her best friend, Ellie, but also her entire class! As Grace and Ellie become consumed with the excitement of crafting, playing, and trading w ...more
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
[I received an electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]

4.5 stars. Terrific! Another great school story from Andrew Clements (Frindle, No Talking, Loser's Club). Clements really understands kids and schools and fads. There's even a great author's note in this about where the idea for the book came from.

Anyone who works in a school or who remembers a fad from their childhood will find the button fad here familiar. I loved the w
Karen Arendt
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Andrew Clements has an amazing ability to strike a chord with readers. His characters are believable yet fallible, honest yet make mistakes. Grace and Ellie have been best friends since second grade. Yet Grace has always let Ellie take the lead and be in charge. For some reason, Grace decides that she wants more when both she and Ellie return to school after summer break. Grace starts telling Ellie about her trip to visit her Grandpa and all the cool buttons she found, but Ellie interrupts and s ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVE this story! Grace and Ellie have been best friends forever, but when Grace shares her story about finding a bunch of buttons in her grandpa’s old mill, Ellie has to one-up her. This makes Grace realize she is always living in Ellie’s shadows and she is sort of tired of it. I would be too!
The story of their friendship is a cute one, but what I really love about this book is just Grace! She is a thinker! She is always dreaming up questions about her world and coming up with theor
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Fads come and go, but do friendships? Sixth grader Grace is about to explore that very question when she accidently starts a button fad and suddenly takes the spotlight away from her always-the-center-of-attention-BFF, Ellie. Andrew Clements’ The Friendship War is an amusing and heartfelt look at friendship, growing up, and the culture of fads. Younger middle-grade readers will find Grace and her predicament relatable and comforting. Clements’ button fad creation is clever and surprisingly fasci ...more
Mary Librarian
A button craze that starts a fight between friends. A good school and friendship story. From advance reader copy.
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another winner from Andrew Clements--this one about fads and friends and being honest with yourself, with a little bit of economics thrown in. And buttons. Lots of buttons.
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the author, publisher, and Edelweiss for the DRC. This was a wonderful depiction of friendship and acceptance. Friendships can be hard to navigate, but Grace figures out, the hard way, that unconditional love and acceptance are a big part of truly being a friend. I only hope that this book reveals what a true friend should be to those young readers who pick it up. Very glad this will be on shelves soon. Never disappointed by this author!
No one writes stories about school quite as well as Andrews Clements. He knows what students are like as well as some of the distractions in their lives and he has the ability to paint amazingly realistic characters. In this outing, he tackles fads, something that anyone who has spent much time in the classroom or real world will find relatable. While the ending seemed too predictable and too easily resolved, given the challenges of the relationship between the two girls, I still enjoyed it and ...more
Naomi Campbell
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I read this book aloud to my son and we went into it knowing nothing about it except the author, whom we hold in high regard because we've enjoyed several of his other books. It was "New" at our library, so we snatched it up. It is about more than a friendship war. It is about different people's struggles with relationships and people, and people and their personalities. It is about economics and school and family. It is also about math, which was almost too much "reading about math" for me sinc ...more
Susan  Dunn
Grace and Ellie have been best friends since second grade. Ellie is pretty and popular and fun, and Grace has always been content to be her sidekick. She doesn't mind doing what Ellie wants to do and letting Ellie make all the decisions in their friendship. Every summer Ellie goes off to camp, but at the end of August the two pick up their friendship where it left off. The year, Grace goes to visit her grandfather for a week. While there, they tour an old factory that he has recently purchased a ...more
Michelle Kidwell

The Friendship War
by Andrew Clements
Random House Children's
Random House Books for Young Readers
Children's Fiction
Pub Date 08 Jan 2019

I am reviewing a copy of The Friendship War Through Random House Children’s and Netgalley:

Grace and Ellie have been best friends since second grade despite their differences. Grace is usually happy to be Ellie’s sidekick while Ellie is the center of everything. It all changed when Grace starts a new fad at school a fad to do with buttons. Eventually the whole schoo
Memory Toast
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Andrew Clements, it is hard to sing enough of your praises.

Okay, I'm definitely biased, because I wrote a novel that contains a bit of a different plot, but totally could be called by the same title and is about a bunch of 5th graders, but there's still plenty of merit for the story to stand on without any personal writing connection:
1)His characters have strengths and flaws, and are dynamic
2)There are enough of them, with varying motivations, to keep the story interesting
3) Happily married, al
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, read-2019
*I received a free eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley*

I really enjoyed this story of friendship, as our protagonist Grace is forced to examine her long-time friendship with her best friend and finds that she is ready to make new friends. When science-minded Grace accidentally starts a new fad at by bringing in some buttons she found over the summer, she is taken by surprise by the effect it has on all of the students at her elementary school. The button craze changes the soci
Violet Sinclair
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
DISCLAIMER: I received a digital review copy of THE FRIENDSHIP WAR via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

3.5 Stars

Look, I read FRINDLE back in fourth grade and I remember really liking it. That being said, I hadn’t picked up Andrew Clements book since then, so when I saw THE FRIENDSHIP WAR on NetGalley, I was curious enough to request it.

I’m very glad I did.

It was an interesting topic - fads, and bringing up more recent ones like fidget spinners was interesting. Personally, I was never a
Teresa Bateman
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the books by Andrew Clements. What's better, the students love them. I'm sure this will be no exception. Grace and Ellie have been friends for years, Grace often putting up with Ellie's bragging and take-overishness. But now Grace has started a new fad at her school and it has broken their friendship apart. On the other hand, Grace how has Hank as a friend. Is this a trade, or can everyone settle their differences. This is a book about fads, friendship, and...buttons. (Boy, did I learn a ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grades
Classic Clements story. Friendship is tested as roles change in a relationship. Grace doesn't mean to start the button fad at her school. She was thrilled to get the buttons from an old mill her grandfather purchased and wanted to be the center of attention rather than her friend. Everyone got involved in trading buttons and her friendship suffers. She does connect with other classmates and see them in new ways.
Grace makes a brave move and finds a way to save her friendship.
Discussion of friend
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the way that Clements can take a realistic, but simple, moment and cleverly imbue it with all the importance and drama of middle school life. Grace's unique character is a delight, and her story provides such a nice lesson on nurturing true friendship- even when it gets hard.

This advanced copy was obtained through Netgalley, with thanks to Random House Childrens, in exchange for an honest review.
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I would have liked more about the opening scene, old-mill renovation, this cute treatment of sixth-grade friendships and fads should appeal to Clements' many fans. A bit of suspense ensues when Grace goes on a treasure hunt as she walks through her grampa's newly purchased, nineteenth century clothing mill and is allowed to keep anything she finds. So what's she going to do with an entire pallet of buttons?
Trisha Perry
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grace and Ellie have been friends forever and now since the school has been taken over by button fever their friendship has becomes strained, if you will, each wanting to do one better. Grace has always been in the shadow of Ellie but not this time she wants to shine and Ellie isn't taking it very well, and all because of buttons. This is a great book on friendship (new and old) and overcoming obstacles, as this book might surprise you at the end.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another gem by Clements. Grace feels like a second fiddle next to Ellie. Suddenly she gets a chance to be in the spotlight and her deep seeded frustrations with Ellie make her more willing to serve some comeuppance. Only Ellie has a competitive streak. Grace starts a button collecting fad - rather inadvertently- and the whole school gets in on it. How the kids deal with it and grow make for an entertaining and thoughtful story. Perfect for the 9 to 12 yr old audience.
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Andrew Clements is the master of a school story, and in this latest book the main character starts a new fad. As a result, she must navigate friendships and help bring this collecting and trading under control.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
4stars. A fun read with interesting characters, a relatable middle school problem, and even lots of STEM tie-ins for teachers to play with. I do, however, wonder if we will be seeing any button fads developing???

Note: Thank you to the publisher for an ARC of this book.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I smiled through almost the entire book! And now I want to get out my sewing basket to explore.
Mary Louise
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
Ms Threlkeld
This follows the Clements’ formula, which I don’t mind at all. Authentic characters, fun plot, and satisfying ending.
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Captain Superlative
  • Can You Say Catastrophe? (The Mostly Miserable Life of April Sinclair, #1)
  • Inkling
  • Pay Attention, Carter Jones
  • Best Babysitters Ever (Best Babysitters Ever, #1)
  • 24 Hours in Nowhere
  • The Third Mushroom
  • Slider
  • The Desperate Adventures of Zeno and Alya
  • A Rambler Steals Home
  • Me and Miranda Mullaly
  • EngiNerds
  • The Infinity Year of Avalon James
  • Wonderland
  • Jasper and the Riddle of Riley's Mine
  • Winnie's Great War
  • The Science of Breakable Things
  • The Exact Location of Home
I was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1949 and lived in Oaklyn and Cherry Hill until the middle of sixth grade. Then we moved to Springfield, Illinois. My parents were avid readers and they gave that love of books and reading to me and to all my brothers and sisters. I didn’t think about being a writer at all back then, but I did love to read. I'm certain there's a link between reading good books an ...more