The Luck of the Buttons

The Luck of the Buttons

By Anne Ylvisaker; Laura Hamilton (Performed by)

Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, Compact Disc, 9781611064964

Publication Date: April 12, 2011

Tugs Esther Button was born to a luckless family. Buttons don t presume to be singers or dancers. They aren t athletes or artists, good listeners or model citizens. Until tomboy Tugs befriends the popular Aggie Millhouse, wins a brand-new Brownie camera in the Independence Day raffle, and stumbles into a mystery only she can solve, she looks at her hapless family and sees her own reflection looking back. But it's a summer of change, and it just may be that in the end, being a Button is precisely what one clumsy, funny, spirited, and observant young heroine decides to make of it. Award-winning author Anne Ylvisaker has trained her own observant eye on a small Iowa town in 1929 to craft a riotously endearing portrait of a family like no other.

About the Author
Anne Ylvisaker is the author of Dear Papa, which Booklist named a Top Ten First Novel for Youth; Little Klein, a Book Sense Children s Pick and winner of numerous awards, including the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award; and The Luck of the Buttons, an Indie Next List Selection. About Button Down, the second book to feature the Button family, she says, When Ned confessed, in The Luck of the Buttons, that he couldn t catch a football but still liked to play, I recognized a piece of my childhood. In my neighborhood, we played countless games of baseball in the alley, soccer on the median, and football in front yards. While I couldn t hit, throw, catch, or kick, I loved those seconds of suspense after a ball was launched and victory was yet possible. For me, it never was, but what about Ned? I put a ball in the air and Ned on the field and wrote to find out what happened. Formerly of Iowa and Minnesota, Anne Ylvisaker now lives in California with her family.

Laura Hamilton is Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of California, Merced.