The Luck of the Buttons
Twelve-year-old Tugs wishes she wasn’t a part of the hapless and disaster-prone Button family. From Great Granddaddy Ike, who accidentally set fire to the town hall, to Uncle Norton, who cut off his left foot while mowing hay for the horses, the Buttons are known for their bad luck. When Tugs wins two blue ribbons and a new Brownie camera at the Goodhue Independence Day picnic, she decides to be what no Button has ever been – lucky. A mystery comes to Goodhue in the form of Mr. Harvey Moore, the dapper big-city man who has been soliciting investors to start a local newspaper. Plucky Tugs doesn’t trust Mr. Moore farther than she can throw him. Will her luck hold out long enough to convince everyone else in town – before they fork over their life savings?
Tugs is a delightfully quirky character with an energetic voice. Her attempts to fit in and distance herself from her eccentric family will resonate with readers ages 8 to 12. At twelve years old, families can be embarrassing. Recommended.