The Luck of the Buttons

The Luck of the Buttons

by Anne Ylvisaker
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The Luck of the Buttons by Anne Ylvisaker

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763660611
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 08/28/2012
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 728,949
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 4.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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.

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The Luck of the Buttons 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrible plot, characters, setting and everything else
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
The Luck of the Buttons is about a young girl named Tugs Button who is in a very unlucky family. She is determined to turn that luck around. When it looks like she might be lucky after all, no one knows if their luck is turning or if she is the only lucky one in her family. Then an opportunity appears to the people of the town and everyone is very excited. But Tugs has some questions, and so she looks for answers. Other kids will enjoy this book because it’s thrilling and makes you want to keep turning the pages. My favorite part was when everyone finally began to believe that Tugs was actually lucky and not just another Button. It was sad when it was over even though all of her questions do get answered because you realize that you will miss the character and want to know what she will do next. Because it takes place in the 1920s, some of the language takes some getting used to. For example, you have to get used to names of items and stores that we don’t really have anymore. It was slow paced at the beginning but it gets faster as you get deeper into the book and by then you won’t want to put it down. But overall this story is special because it says that if you believe in yourself, you can do anything. I give this book 5 Stars because it was a thrilling page-turner with a surprise ending. Review by Audrey D., age 10, North Texas Mensa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emmaley brown: its a realy great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago