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
The beloved New York Times bestselling author of the modern classic Frindle celebrates books and the joy of reading with a new school story to love!
Sixth grader Alec can’t put a good book down.
So when Principal Vance lays down the law—pay attention in class, or else—Alec takes action. He can’t lose all his reading time, so he starts a club. A club he intends to be the only member of. After all, reading isn’t a team sport, and no one would want to join something called the Losers Club, right? But as more and more kids find their way to Alec’s club—including his ex-friend turned bully and the girl Alec is maybe starting to like—Alec notices something. Real life might be messier than his favorite books, but it’s just as interesting.
With The Losers Club, Andrew Clements brings us a new school story that’s a love letter to books and to reading and that reminds us that sometimes the best stories are the ones that happen off the page—our own!
Winner of the Rhode Island Children’s Book Award (2019)
Winner of the International Reading Association and Children’s Book Council: Children’s Choices List (2018)
Winner of the Garden State Children’s Book Award (2020)
2021 Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee
A Kansas William White Master List Selection (2018 & 2019)
An Arkansas Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award Nominee (2019)
A California Young Reader Medal Nominee (2019)
A Nebraska Golden Sower Award Nominee (2019)
A Virginia Young Readers Program Award Nominee (2019)
A Minnesota Maud Heart Lovelace Award Nominee (2019)
A Missouri Mark Twain Award Nominee (2019)
An Oregon Reader’s Choice Award Nominee (2019)
Praise for The Losers Club!
* “Clements’s latest is engaging and funny. A laugh-out-loud first purchase for all middle grade collections, and a solid read-aloud choice for classrooms.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review
“Clements is out to celebrate reading in all its obsessiveness, and…tosses in shout-outs to a passel of other writers. [The Losers Club] gives fried bookworms everywhere the satisfaction of knowing that friends may desert them (if only temporarily) but books never will. ”—The New York Times
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