The Button Box

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 7
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

After Jewish fifth-grader Ava and her Muslim best friend Nadeem are called hateful names at school, Ava’s Granny Buena rummages in her closet and pulls out a glittering crystal button box. It’s packed with buttons that generations of Ava’s Sephardic ancestors have cherished. With the help of Granny’s mysterious cat Sheba, Ava and Nadeem discover that a button from the button box will take them back in time. Suddenly, they are in ancient Morocco, where Nadeem’s ancestor, Prince Abdur Rahman, is running for his life. Can Ava and Nadeem help the prince escape to Spain and fulfill his destiny, creating a legendary Golden Age for Muslims, Jews and Christians?

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 4
Copyright 2022
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 152
Publication Date 2022-04-01
Text Type Fiction—Historical
BISACS JUV064000, JUV039280, JUV039060
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 770
Features Author/Illustrator note, Glossary, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Bridget Hodder

Bridget Hodder began her career as an Aztec archaeologist, translating ancient stories. Then she realized she had her own tales to tell. She is Sephardic, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, and a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, UCLA and Vanderbilt University.

Author: Fawzia Gilani-Williams

Fawzia Gilani was born and raised in England where she became a teacher. She is the author of many children's books and an international educational consultant with a PhD in children's literature and character development. She is a Global Representative for the International Positive Education Network and works for the Abu Dhabi Education Council. She spends her time in the United Arab Emirates, Ohio, and England with her daughter and husband.

Illustrator: Harshad Marathe

Harshad Marathe is an illustrator and storyteller. He has an M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and has illustrated many books. He has backpacked all over the world. He lives in India.

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Reviews

Karuna Riazi

“A profoundly inspiring look at interfaith love and courage that will thrill and move readers. Timely and timeless.”—Karuna Riazi, author of the Gauntlet series

Laura Shovan

“This exciting cross-cultural story will have young readers at the edge of their seats, clamoring for more Button Box escapades. A perfect choice for fans of The Magic Treehouse series who are transitioning to middle-grade novels.”—Laura Shovan, coauthor of Sydney Taylor Notable Book A Place at the Table

Jewish Book Council

“The authors construct a world filled with color and texture that will spark the interests of young readers of today. "—Jewish Book Council

Kirkus Reviews

“Both the modern and medieval characters are presented in emotionally charged language as unique individuals with strong personalities.” —Kirkus Reviews STARRED