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The Luck of the Buttons Hardcover – April 12, 2011
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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
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.
The plot starts off with a bang:
"Tugs Button darted past Zip's Hardware, stumbled over the lunch specials sign at Al and Irene's Luncheonette, and pushed through the door of Ward's Ben Franklin as if the devil himself were chasing her."
Tugs deals with the sorts of things you would expect in a small town of the 1920s, friends, family, expectations, and luck. Can Tugs change the so-called Button Luck? Of course she can, but not without the help of an encouraging librarian, a new friend, and the Thompson Twins (my favorite characters outside of Tugs herself). When Tugs realizes that the town is being conned out of their hard-earned money, she realizes she must do something, Button luck or not. The Luck of the Buttons is a delightful tale of family, friends, and determination.
One of the things that makes a book stand out for me is the strength of the setting. Real or imaginary the setting must be believable with just the right amount of detail. Enough detail that the place can be visualized, while still leaving plenty of room for the reader to make the place his/her own. Ylvisaker does this very well. She integrates her descriptions so well into the story that I didn't really pay attention to how well she did it. Yet, I finished the book feeling that I knew well the small town in Iowa in which the story takes place.
Overall, I think this is a book well worth reading and discussing, simply an enjoyable story however one looks at it. Highly recommended.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great little book, I would say for 8-12 year olds. It's a story about a girl from a self-proclaimed unlucky family who's luck changes for the better.Published 9 months ago by JaLee Cheatham
The Button family continues with a delightful window into that part of the country and how history and events would have been seen through the eyes of a child. Recommend highly!Published 11 months ago by An Amazon Customer
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.Published 19 months ago by negreenbee
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. Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by Tiffany C.
This is a wonderful story, and the characters are vibrant and memorable. I miss Tugs and and am hoping for a sequel. Read morePublished on December 2, 2011 by Shannon L.
You will love Tugs Buttons, the spunky star of Anne Ylvisaker's newest middle grade novel, The Luck of the Buttons. Read morePublished on May 20, 2011 by Michelle Edwards