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.