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The Luck of the Buttons

Anne Ylvisaker


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Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (8/28/2012)
MP3 CD (4/1/2011)
MP3 CD (9/8/2015)
Compact Disc (4/1/2011)
Hardcover (4/12/2011)
MP3 CD (8/28/2012)
Compact Disc (8/28/2012)
MP3 CD (4/12/2011)
Compact Disc (4/12/2011)

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
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In Iowa circa 1929, spunky twelve-year-old Tugs vows to turn her family's luck around, with the help of a Brownie camera and a small-town mystery.
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. The one time a Button ever made the late Goodhue Gazette - before Harvey Moore came along with his talk of launching a new paper - was when Great Grandaddy Ike accidentally set Town Hall ablaze. Tomboy Tugs looks at her hapless family and sees her own reflection looking back until she befriends popular Aggie Millhouse, wins a new camera in the Independence Day raffle, and stumbles into a mystery only she can solve. Suddenly this is a summer of change - and by its end, being a Button may just turn out to be what one clumsy, funny, spirited, and very observant young heroine decides to make of it.

Perfection Learning, 9781613836477, 224pp.

Publication Date: August 28, 2012

About the Author

Anne Ylvisaker is the author of Dear Papa, which Booklist named a Top Ten Youth First Novel, and Little Klein, a Book Sense Pick and winner of numerous awards. Formerly of Iowa and Minnesota, Anne Ylvisaker now lives in California.