Lucky Button


Jonah has always struggled to fit in at school. He has to find time to care for his mother and finds it hard to make friends. He has a profound shyness he cannot overcome. His one ‘almost’ friend is Valeria, a Russian immigrant who speaks little English, but who sings and plays the clarinet beautifully. Jonah often hides in the school chapel to escape the bullying from the other children, and this is where he finds a button.

He discovers that the button belongs to Nathaniel, the ghost from the 18th century, and someone who may be able to help Nathaniel through his own story. Both stories become intertwined, especially through music, as Nathaniel was once companions to ‘Wolferl’, who would grow up to be perhaps the greatest composer in all history.

Lucky Button is a beautiful, moving historical timeslip story inspired by The Foundling Museum, devoted to telling the story of the Foundling Hospital, Britain’s first home for abandoned children. Morpurgo is of course a master storyteller and his story is exquisitely illustrated by award-winning illustrator, Michael Foreman.



Lucky Button

Michael Morpurgo

(Walker Books)

‘Lucky Button’ is a beautiful moving historical story inspired by the Foundling Museum. Michael Foreman’s illustrations convey the setting evocatively.
Jonah struggles to cope with bullying, alongside the responsibility he carries for his mother’s health and welfare. However, an encounter in the school chapel adds to his burden…. or does it? The ghost who appears reveals eighteenth century life in the Foundling Hospital. Furthermore, he weaves a touching tale about the power of music and friendship.  Jonah learns the remarkable story of the ghost’s friendship with ‘Wolferl’, who will grow up to be perhaps the greatest composer that ever lived.
Bookwagon is delighted to add this wonderful book to our growing collection of Michael Morpurgo’s work, such as Our Jacko and In The Mouth of the Wolf


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