“You’re such a Button.”
Tugs Button has heard this more times than she can count. Her family is known for being unlucky. They aren’t good at sports or art. They aren’t talented musicians or exceptional cooks. They certainly never win anything.
But all that changes at the 1929 Fourth of July picnic. For the first time ever, Tugs partners with cool girl, Aggie Millhouse in the three-legged race – AND WINS! Then her essay on “progress” wins first prize in the essay contest! And finally, Tugs’s ticket is chosen as the winner of brand new Brownie camera in the raffle. Tugs Button, the awkward, clunky, much-less-than-graceful tomboy, could possibly turn her luck around.
But Tugs is plagued by the new man in town, Harvey Moore. He says he’s here to bring a newspaper back to Goodhue with the help of monetary investments by the townspeople. Everyone in town is enamoured with this dapper gentlemen – everyone, that is, except Tugs. What will come of Tugs’s suspicions? Has her short streak of luck already run out?
Ylvisaker’s novel is a an utterly charming look at small-town life in Iowa in the 1920s.