Monday, September 24, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Button Down (with ARC giveaway!)

To begin, I need to announce the winner of last week's giveaway, an ARC of The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck. That lucky person is . . .


Yay! Email your mailing address to barbarawatson94 (at) gmail (dot) com so I can get this treasure (wink, wink) to you.

And for today's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday . . .

Button Down by Anne Ylvisaker continues the adventures of the down-home Button family of Goodhue, Iowa (but in a stand-alone book way). Set in the late 1920's, these stories--the first being The Luck of the Buttons and featured here--are beautifully written, full of times past but also completely relating to readers today, and simply . . . FUN! Anne sent me an ARC of Button Down (it officially released on September 25!) which I'd like to pass on to one of you. Stay tuned for giveaway details at the end of this post.

The premise: Scrawny Ned Button wins local football hero Lester Ward's football right before Lester heads off to the University of Iowa to play football for the Hawkeyes. But Lester's younger, bully-like brother wants to keep Ned and his friends from playing with or enjoying his brother's prize football. Ned's Granddaddy Ike, although old and growing older, is determined to help--with more than just football.

What keeps readers reading: Cheering for the boy who can't ever seem to win. In pitch perfect middle grade voice, Anne Ylvisaker gives readers a boy (and a grandpa!) who deserve more than our cheers. They deserve our admiration.

What I loved: The way readers are led into the story. We care for the characters, especially Ned and Granddaddy Ike, and we feel what they feel. Anne shows family at its best . . . and also at its most vulnerable. Because I never want to spill too much and ruin the joy of discovery, you'll simply have to read this book yourself and see where it takes Ned and Granddaddy Ike.

To enter the drawing for my ARC of Button Down, just comment on this post by Sunday, September 30, 2012, by 8pm CDT. Blog followers will be entered twice! U.S. mailing addresses only, please. And return this Thursday for an interview with Anne!

For more middle grade reading recommendations, follow the links at Shannon Messenger's blog.
Happy middle grade reading!

23 comments:

  1. Sounds like a fun book. Please let someone else win though while I get my TBR list under control.

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  2. I hadn't heard of this one. Interesting and a continuation of the story. Nice. Thank you for sharing, Barbara.

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  3. I haven't heard of this one either. Thanks for sharing, Barbara.

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  4. WOOOOOOOOT WOOOOOT!
    I totally was just going to read your post about the Button book because I read the other Button book and there I was!
    Hooray! The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck looks reeeeealy good.
    Now, about the Buttons...I love the play on words of the title and how they use the same button-y font on the cover.
    Very clever.
    :)
    Thanks, Barbara!

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  5. Being a huge button fan, I too am impressed, probably overly so by the button-like font. But it sounds like a good historical fiction read to add to my list.

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  6. Sounds like my kind of book. Thanks for the review, Barbara. :)

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  7. Well, you know I love the period of this book. Thanks for letting me know about it! I would love to read it.

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  8. I remember your review of THE LUCK OF THE BUTTONS -- and I STILL haven't read that book (so let someone else win this, please). It's still sitting on my teetering stack of arcs to read someday. Too many books...

    Love that you could cheer for and admire Ned, especially when he's the kind of kid who never wins.

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  9. Hadn't heard of this one. Thank goodness for MGM, or I'd never hear about these books!

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  10. You don't see many MG books set in the '20s. It sounds fascinating. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Sounds like a very endearing story! Love that it includes life in the "20s.

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  12. You have to adore a guy who tries and tries, but can't make it. And I love this decade. What a rollicking time that had to have been.

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  13. Aw, this book sounds great! I'm always fond of books with protagonists who also happen to be underdogs. :)

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  14. You know, if it weren't for you Barbara, I would hear about most of these great MG books you showcase. :)

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  15. I have a couple students in mind who would love this book. Thanks for sharing! :)

    Jasmine @ the bookish mama
    thebookishmama at gmail dot com

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  16. What a great-sounding story.

    And congrats to Kristen. I heard her celebrations across the country here in Portland. Others thought it was a sonic boom, but I know better...

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  17. This sounds like the perfect book for my historical-fiction readin, football-loving son! Will definitely check out the first book as well.

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  18. I haven't heard of these, but they sound like great books! I'm going to have to check them out.

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  19. This sounds like a good series for middle graders and it's completely new to me as well!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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  20. I'd never keep up on my MG stuff if it wasn't for your blog!!

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  21. There are so many books I've never heard of. Thanks for educating me in this genre.

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  22. My TBR list is outta control but I'll tell my 7th grader about this one:-)

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  23. Another "button" for my tbr list :)

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