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The Luck of the Buttons

The Luck of the Buttons - Anne Ylvisaker An American historical set-piece wherein a plucky little girl observes a potential fraud in the making. Using persistence and determination, she rises to the occasion and ferrets out the identity of a newly arrived stranger to her small mid-west town, by single-handedly turning the tide of luck in her favor winning friends, ribbons, a camera and saving the day for the town of Goodhue, Iowa. The small trim size, and short chapters are perfect for younger readers. Includes illustrations reminiscent of a newspaper article, a contest poster, an essay and a letter, all adding a richness to the story and a sense of personal flair to the spunky heroine.