The Curse of the Buttons
author: Anne Ylvisaker
Fans of the hapless Button family will love this Civil War prequel featuring the inimitable “Granddaddy Ike” as a boy. Longing to join in the war effort, young Ike attempts to call on the ingenuity of his fabled (some say cursed) ancestor—the adventuresome Uncle Palmer—seeking passage to Missouri disguised as a drummer boy to meet up with the Iowa First. But some opportunities are meant to be missed. And some arrive when you least expect them.
“The characters charm, and the material is enhanced by the author's well-realized rendition of time and place.” —Kirkus Reviews