The Button War: A Tale of the Great War
Award-winning author Avi (City of Orphans, 2011) pens a powerful novel about ordinary boys living in Poland during WWI. The story is told through the eyes of Patryk who, along with his friends, lives an unremarkable life until the Germans drop a bomb on their school and the Great War comes to the village. Jurek, the cruel and conniving leader of Patryk’s group declares a daring challenge: whoever steals the best button from a soldier’s uniform gets to be king. Patryk is determined to win the competition, but he's no match for Jurek’s ruthless determination. As the game turns deadly and one by one, the boys are killed, the lines between the button war and the real war begin to blur.