The Luck of the Buttons by Anne Ylvisaker
Children's Choice 2013-2014 nominee
Book description from Amazon.com:
Tugs Esther Button was born to a luckless family. Buttons don’t presume to be singers or dancers. They aren’t athletes or artists, good listeners, or model citizens. The one time a Button ever made the late Goodhue Gazette - before Harvey Moore came along with his talk of launching a new paper - was when Great Grandaddy Ike accidentally set Town Hall ablaze. Tomboy Tugs looks at her hapless family and sees her own reflection looking back until she befriends popular Aggie Millhouse, wins a new camera in the Independence Day raffle, and stumbles into a mystery only she can solve. Suddenly this is a summer of change - and by its end, being a Button may just turn out to be what one clumsy, funny, spirited, and very observant young heroine decides to make of it.
My 25 cents:
This was a happy, quick read! This tale of a determined young girl to solve a mystery and become a hero reminded me of Peck's stories, A Long Way from Chicago, with it's chapters that kind of are each their own little stories of her wacky experiences along the way.