I learned about this from the author's website a week or so back. There's nothing about it yet online, so I got permission to swipe her photo and copied the jacket info.
The Curse of the Buttons by Anne Ylvisaker. 227 p. Candlewick Press, November 2014. 9780763661380.
From the jacket:
"Eleven is not too young for war," Ole said to Barfoot, who swished his tail agreeable, then lumbered to the yard table and stuck his nose in an unattended pie.
When Iowa is called up to represent the Union of the United States of America, Ike is beside himself with excitement. But he's left behind with Mother and the aunts and girl cousins while the Button men march forth toward glory. Ike fears his fate is sealed unless he can call on the ingenuity of his fabled (some say cursed) Uncle Palmer, disguise himself as a drummer boy, and meet up with the Iowa First. But some opportunities are meant to be missed. And some arrive when you least expect them.
I absolutely adored the author's Luck of the Buttons and Button Down and am really looking forward to this one. The strong setting, the voice, the language, the humor are wonderful - the whole package wrapped up in nostalgic covers.
What are you waiting on?