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The Luck of the Buttons Hardcover – April 12, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press; 1 edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763650668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763650667
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,371,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the fine tradition of the kid who catches the crook, twelve-year-old Tugs Button figures out very quickly that there is something fishy about the new fellow in town. ...Set in the small-town Midwest of 1929, the tale has a whiff of nostalgia (the Brownie box camera, "dagnabit"), but the good old days are balanced by the strongly realized, immediate characters and the delicacy and originality of the writing. --The Horn Book, April/May 2011 (portion of review)

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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This is a wonderful story, and the characters are vibrant and memorable.
Sonoma
Ylvisaker's clear and strong voice takes us close to Tug's heartbeat and allows us stay with her as she finds her luck and solves a crime.
Michelle Edwards
This book really kept a hold on me throughout it and made me want to keep reading to finally see 'him' (the bad guy) get busted.
Beans

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Young Mensan BookParade on February 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
"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 Young Mensan Audrey D., age 10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Tugs Button is twelve years old and the first member of the Button family to show any signs of being lucky. It's 1929 and in the small town of Goodhue, Iowa, the Buttons are known for being unlucky, and are generally looked upon with scorn. Tugs is different from both the rest of her family and the other girls in town. She's totally her own person, whether she's getting into trouble, or going to the library every day to look up a new word. It's the strength of her character and narrative voice that makes this book truly a five star read.

The author sets the period beautifully. After reading one chapter, I truly felt I was there meeting all these quirky townspeople, and watching wise Tugs figure out not only the town mystery, but also learn that she has quite a bit more to offer than your average Button. This is a fast little read that still manages to travel at an easy going pace. The dialogue is spot on, the characters are wonderful, and even though the story is kind of predictable, it was very well done, and told in such a way that kept me turning the pages without hesitation. Anyone looking for an old fashioned story about a simpler time will find a good one here. Kids will read it and learn that even though the time period is different, kids have always wanted to fit in with the in crowd, and that being yourself is usually the best way to do it. Recommended.
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Very good story and great narration. Wonderful pictures painted by the words and gives a wonderful idea of what life was like in small-town America during that time.
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By Tiffany Caughey on January 3, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Easy to read and just a fun book for those who don't like to read. So far, I have had two children read this book and both have enjoyed the story. One who hates to read and has read it twice now and another child who is reading it currently loves it too. I bought it on audible to listen to and personally thought it was a fun book for children. We are waiting for Anne Yivisaker's second book Buttons Down.

Tiffany
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Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: The time period attracted me.

Set in 1929, small town Iowa, tomboy Tugs Button belongs to the Buttons clan, a family who just naturally expects bad luck and misfortune to come their way, if any luck is to be handed out it won't be handed to any of them because it's rigged, don't ya know. Besides the Buttons enjoy their yearly family reunions where they get together to grumble, complain and go over the good ole' stories of family misfortunes. But Tugs has had enough and has decided she's not going to be unlucky, in fact she openly invites luck to come her way and her family looks at her as if she'd just "declared herself Swedish". As Tugs sets off around town with this new attitude about life she makes a new unlikely friend and when the stranger comes to town Tugs is the one who wonders what he's really up to.

A fun, easy read. This little book is most suitable for the 8 to 10 age range and gives a good look at everyday life for a poor family just before the depression. The story examines both friendship and bullies, how randomly friendship can happen and how a bully can be deflated in the end. The added mystery makes this more than just a slice of life story and while I, an adult, figured out what was up very early on, the story and Tugs' attempts at private investigation should keep young readers entertained. Altogether a quiet, wholesome read.
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