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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (309 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Ylvisaker Narrator: Laura Hamilton Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN:
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Tugs Esther Button was born to a luckless family. Buttons don't presume to be singers or dancers. They aren't athletes or artists, good listeners or model citizens.

Until tomboy Tugs befriends the popular Aggie Millhouse, wins a brand-new Brownie camera in the Independence Day raffle, and stumbles into a mystery only she can solve, she looks at her hapless family and sees her own reflection looking back. But it's a summer of change, and it just may be that in the end, being a Button is precisely what one clumsy, funny, spirited, and observant young heroine decides to make of it.

Award-winning author Anne Ylvisaker has trained her own observant eye on a small Iowa town in 1929 to craft a riotously endearing portrait of a family like no other.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa McAlvey | 1/16/2014

    " Cute, not much to it, but a cute story with a very light mystery to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/19/2013

    " Spunky female lead, decent storyline, quick read. Very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 11/27/2013

    " Made me smile...I just love a feisty young heroine. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia Brace | 10/28/2013

    " What a gem! Everyone in Tugs' extended family believes that the Buttons are folks that never have any good luck. But Tugs is not going to be held back by the preconceptions of her family members or the others who live in their small Iowa town. When a dapper stranger comes to town raising money to bring the town a newspaper, Tugs has suspicions right away. But everyone else she talks to is contributing money to what she is afraid may be a scam. Not only is Tugs a funny and spirited character, but so are Grandma and Aggie and the twins Eldora and Elmira. You'll feel like you know all these people from the 1929 midwestern town! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shanshad Whelan | 10/5/2013

    " Cute little historical fiction read set in a small Iowa town. A quick read for me, probably appropriate for a 3rd or 4th grade child. The young protagonist has plenty of charm and is easy to root for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 9/28/2013

    " So much better than I initially thought. I love historical fiction, but I was initially grouchy because it seemed all the characters were dense. Not so! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 9/19/2013

    " Absolutely charming. The kind of book that makes me wish I'd grown up 70 years earlier so I could have had real adventures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 9/16/2013

    " Short, charming, and full of cameras. I loved it : ) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexandra | 8/10/2013

    " The Luck of the of the Buttons by Anne Ylvisaker is a book that makes you say; "no,don't do it, don't do it!!! and do it,do it,do it,do it!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Hollenbeck | 4/28/2013

    " Very good book for everyone but especially kids. The story of believing in you self and your instincts never gets old. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee Owen | 3/20/2013

    " Tugs Button is not from a lucky family. But her fortune suddenly takes a turn for the better one summer, when she wins not one, but TWO contests, makes a new friend (and an old friend), and saves her town from ruin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 11/2/2012

    " This was a good historical fiction audiobook with a GREAT reader that would be perfect for family listening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 6/18/2012

    " I believe Anne Ylvisaker is one of my most favorite modern children's authors ever. Capturing the important, unseen challenges of a being a kid, she weaves a great tale and makes you love the characters to boot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 6/1/2012

    " This book definitely lived up to its sweet cover. Tugs Button is a spunky, sympathetic narrator living in a small midwestern town in 1929. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed Turtle in Paradise, by Jennifer Holm. Grades 4-6 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 4/28/2012

    " It is a cute, gentle, story with some quirky characters. I thought it started out slowly and that Tugs' victories on the 4th of July were a bit too improbable, but by the middle of the book things started to pick up. Tugs, Aggie, and the Thompson twins were all memorable characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/5/2012

    " A cute predictable story about a girl named Tug in Iowa. Reminded me of "Turtle in Paradise". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janell | 11/20/2011

    " I was hoping that this would work for Mother Daughter. But I don't think that the kids will really get it or relate to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 6/19/2011

    " This very cute book stars a young girl growing up in Iowa in the late 1920's. There was a nice little mystery as well as a couple other stories going on at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 6/17/2011

    " It is a cute, gentle, story with some quirky characters. I thought it started out slowly and that Tugs' victories on the 4th of July were a bit too improbable, but by the middle of the book things started to pick up. Tugs, Aggie, and the Thompson twins were all memorable characters.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 6/14/2011

    " Cute book. Perfect for second or third graders. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 6/12/2011

    " Cute, fun read, but I kept waiting for more depth. Maybe I missed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/20/2011

    " A cute predictable story about a girl named Tug in Iowa. Reminded me of "Turtle in Paradise". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayna | 4/18/2011

    " Super cute kids book! Reminded me of "Moon over Manifest" which was also great. I'm enamored with depression-era junior reads that are charming and funny! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregandemy | 3/17/2011

    " 3.5 stars for this charming book. Its a quick read with fun characters and a nice little story. I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 11/29/2010

    " This is a great book! I loved the voice of young Tugs. She is a brave heroine that will appeal to all readers. Many quirky characters also make this read enjoyable. "

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