Written by Anne Ylvisaker
Published by Candlewick, 2011
There is much to love about Tugs Button, even if she doesn’t see that yet. Curious, sparkling-bright, intrepid, Tugs is becoming aware of other people’s opinions about her and her family. The Buttons live in a shabby house in a shabby part of town. Many of the Button clan are larger-than-life characters who consider themselves to be unlucky. But Tugs is a girl who doesn’t easily fit into other people’s notions of who she is. One librarian sees Tugs’ intelligence while the other thinks Tugs is a troublemaker. The townspeople in Goodhue, Iowa, believe Tugs leaves a wake of upheaval wherever she goes. Oblivious, Tugs becomes friends with the richest girl in town, wins several contests at the Independence Day celebration, and sets out to solve a mystery that could save Goodhue from disaster. Along the way, she makes friends with delightfully funny, elderly twin sisters, survives encounters with the town hooligans, repeatedly rescues a cat with a mind of its own, and outwits a dastardly deception. Could she be changing the luck of the Buttons?
Tugs’ fascination with the newly developing field of photography will be of special interest to those who share her passion. The author’s love of language will keep you eagerly anticipating the next turn of phrase. Her keen observations of human nature suffuse The Luck of the Buttons with a tender, funny, and charming ambience that wraps the reader inside a place and time with characters among whom we’d all like to live.
—Vicki Palmquist, children’s literature enthusiast
- Page 1 of 0