The Luck of the Buttons (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Luck of the Buttons In Iowa circa 1929, spunky 12-year-old Tugs Button vows to turn her family's luck around, with the help of a Brownie camera and a small-town mystery.
- Published: 12 April 2011
- Format: Hardback 224 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780763650667 ISBN 10: 0763650668
- Sales rank: 867,328
Reviews for The Luck of the Buttons
Bullies amp Friendship in 1929 America
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. by Nicola Mansfield