Button Down

Version: Unabridged
Author: Anne Ylvisaker
Narrator: Sanjiv Jhaveri
Genres: Football, Fiction, Teen
Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
Published In: September 2012
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 2 hours, 56 minutes
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Ever since local boy Lester Ward got drafted by the University of Iowa Hawkeyes and football fever hit Goodhue, Iowa, scrawny Ned Button can think of nothing but the game. 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 tricks up his sleeve: he can catch and sometimes even throw, much to his surprise. And he's got his eccentric grandpa Ike, who has 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 strategy and playing as part of a team. And that having friends and family in your corner is a bigger prize than a lucky football will ever be. From the acclaimed 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.
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Author Details

Author Details

Ylvisaker, Anne

Anne Ylvisaker is the author of Dear Papa, which Booklist named a Top Ten First Novel for Youth; Little Klein, a Book Sense Children s Pick and winner of numerous awards, including the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award; The Luck of the Buttons, an Indie Next List Selection; and its sequel, Button Down. About The Curse of the Buttons, the third book to feature the Button family, she says, Years ago my imagination was ignited by the name on a Civil War era tombstone that I misread as Tugs Button. The drummer boy story I tried to write turned into one about a girl who decides to become the first lucky person in her family. I tried again and got a story about a boy, his grandfather, and football. The war is a story for another time, Granddaddy Ike tells Ned in Button Down, but that time never comes. Until now. The Curse of the Buttons completes the Button saga, but is it the first book or the last? I ll let you decide.