Search Results: "Ylvis"


BOOK REVIEW

DEAR PAPA by Anne Ylvisaker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Uneven, but overall refreshingly free of bathos. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Nine-year-old Isabelle's first letter to her Papa in September 1943, a year after his death from an allergic reaction (the war-time setting is largely background), is the beginning of an epistolary journal that spans the rest of her Minnesota childhood. Read full book review >

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THE LUCK OF THE BUTTONS by Anne Ylvisaker
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"The main message here is uncomplicated, but important—with a little faith in ourselves and a willingness to take some risks, anything is possible, even a lucky Button. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Set in Iowa in 1929, this offbeat tale features plucky, twelve-year-old Tugs Button, who has a meaningful relationship with pie. Read full book review >

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THE CURSE OF THE BUTTONS by Anne Ylvisaker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Although the story is slow in places, the characters charm, and the material is enhanced by the author's well-realized rendition of time and place. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Like almost all the menfolk in the town of Keokuk, Ike is initially thrilled when Iowa, a free state, is called up by President Abraham Lincoln to fight in the Civil War, but his happiness turns to horror when he realizes that he's too young for combat and must stay behind with the women. Read full book review >

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BUTTON DOWN by Anne Ylvisaker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Short chapters, simple yet meticulous language, a wholesome feel and the universal story of a boy with a dream combine to give this one widespread appeal. (Historical fiction. 8-11)"
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. Read full book review >

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LITTLE KLEIN by Anne Ylvisaker
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Instead of a typical boy-and-his-dog story, the author has created something unique and memorable. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Little Klein, aka Harold, is definitely the runt of the litter. Read full book review >