The Luck of the Buttons
Publication Date: April 2011
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Spring 2011 Kids' Next List
“Tugs Esther Button wants to find luck, but it seems hopeless given her family history. Other than making pie, they don't seem to be good at anything. But Tugs is a keen observer, and she has the knack for making friends in her small town. She uses her prize Brownie camera and sharp eye to observe a mysterious stranger whose smooth tongue seems to have everyone fooled. Tugs doesn't let anything stop her once she sets her mind to solving this dilemma. Maybe she can make some luck for herself and her friends!”
-- Julie Wilson, The Bookworm, Omaha, NE
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.