Button Down by Anne Ylvisaker

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As football fever hits Goodhue, Iowa, Ned Button steps into the lineup in a funny new adventure about a small-town family living in 1929. Ever since local boy Lester Ward got drafted by the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, Tugs Button’s scrawny cousin Ned can think of nothing but football. Sure, Lester’s younger bully of a brother is determined to keep Ned and his gang from ever getting near a real pickup game. But Ned has a few things going for him: he can catch and sometimes even throw, much to his surprise. And he’s got his eccentric grandpa Ike, who may have less get-up-and-go these days, but no shortage of down-home wisdom to pass along-like that being a football star is less about being big and more about playing as a team and honing your strategy, and that having friends and family in your corner is a bigger prize than a lucky football will ever be. From the author of The Luck of the Buttons comes another story about a sometimes hapless, always winning family that scores big points for humor and heart.

About Anne Ylvisaker

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Anne Ylvisaker is the author of Dear Papa, which Booklist named a Top Ten Youth First Novel, and Little Klein, a Book Sense Pick and winner of numerous awards. Formerly of Iowa and Minnesota, Anne Ylvisaker now lives in California.
Published September 25, 2012 by Candlewick. 193 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ylvisaker (The Luck of the Buttons, 2011) returns to the lovably unlucky Button family, this time with a gentle story about 11-year-old Ned and his love of football.

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Historical Novel Society

In 1929 Iowa, Ned Button is thrilled when local football hero Lester Ward is tapped to attend the University of Iowa, the first-ever player from Goodhue.

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Project MUSE

Even more important, he becomes Ned's advocate in convincing the farm-bound family that Ned should be able to go to the Iowa game, and he offers to accompany the boy himself.

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