The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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From the critically acclaimed author of Waiting for Normal and All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, Leslie Connor, comes a deeply poignant and beautifully crafted story about self-reliance, redemption, and hope. This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling. It's a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom.

Mason Buttle is the biggest, sweatiest kid in his grade, and everyone knows he can barely read or write. Mason's learning disabilities are compounded by grief. Fifteen months ago, Mason's best friend, Benny Kilmartin, turned up dead in the Buttle family's orchard.

An investigation drags on, and Mason, honest as the day is long, can't understand why Lieutenant Baird won't believe the story Mason has told about that day.

Both Mason and his new friend, tiny Calvin Chumsky, are relentlessly bullied by the other boys in their neighborhood, so they create an underground haven for themselves. When Calvin goes missing, Mason finds himself in trouble again. He's desperate to figure out what happened to Calvin and, eventually, Benny.

But will anyone believe him?

National Book Award Finalist * ALA Schneider Family Book Award * 2019 ALSC Notable Children's Book * Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2018 * 2019-2020 Nebraska Golden Sower Award * Amazon Best Books of 2018 * Kirkus Best of Children's 2018 * New York Public Library Best Books 2018 * Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books 2018 * 2018 Nerdy Book Club Middle Grade Winner * South Carolina Junior Book Award Nominee * 2020 Colorado Children's Book Award Nominee * Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year 2019 (9-12) * 2020 Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee * 2020-2021 Missouri Association of School Librarians Mark Twain Readers Award Preliminary Nominee * 2020-2021 Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee * 2021 Connecitcut Nutmeg Book Award Middle Grade Nominee *

Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062491435
Characteristics: 326 pages


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Oct 24, 2020

I'm a total sucker for dog books, especially when they don't get killed off at the end. And from the very first chapter, I knew this was a story I wanted to read all the way through. Something about the voice having an authentic feel to it. "Tell you what" smattered throughout as Mason Buttle's catch-phrase. But not overdone. Mason is a tall, sweaty, can't-read-much boy who longs to belong. His best friend died months ago and the local lieutenant thinks poor Mason had something to do with it. Through the care of his Uncle Drum, Grandma, a wonderful social worker at school, Ms. Blinny, and a caring neighbor mom who asks him to watch their dog whenever they're away, the truth finally comes out. At times the story lags a bit (he and a small neighbor boy Chumsky find an old-time food pantry and turn it into a hideout based on the French caves of Lascaux) but Leslie Connor always has a reason for each deatil. Even out-of-place Shayleen, a character I thought should have been cut, serves a purpose by the end of the story. A satisfying read with all the subplots neatly tied up by the end. 4.5 stars.

May 11, 2020

This book is so good with hard struggles that Mason and his friend have to get through makes it heartwarming but sad

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Apr 08, 2019

Leslie Connor does a great job of writing unconventional, small-town characters. This is a great book about kids who need a little extra help at school, how they are complete people with rich inner lives that they sometimes feel compelled to hide from people who they fear won't understand, and how they can thrive when caring adults give them the supports they need. So sad and sweet.

IndyPL_ShellieR Mar 11, 2019

Oh, Mason. I want to simultaneously empower and protect you. I want you to know what you need to know to stay safe and sane in this world and I want to do everything I can to shield you from that kind of information. It's easy to see how your grownups wrestle with this, too, especially while they fight through their own pain.

Jan 12, 2019

I would have given it more than five stars if I could have! I want this one to win ALL THE AWARDS! This is a story about a nearly-illiterate boy who is relentlessly bullied, and whose best friend has recently died in a mysterious accident that the police think only Mason knows the details of. Mason and his new friend Calvin find respite from the bullies in the most unlikely place, but when another accident occurs, Mason finds himself in a hot seat that he literally can't understand. This book has all the makings of a classic. The writing was engaging, the characterization was perfection, and the message beautiful. I couldn't recommend this one enough! READ THIS BOOK. You will love it.

Jan 04, 2019

I was so captivated by this book, I read it in one sitting, and has stayed with me ever since. I am a character reader, so I was particularly drawn to Mason. I appreciated the suspense, and had so much empathy for Mason in both the good and bad moments. This book has a great hook when booktalking to kids, and I had many patrons read it and tell me how much the enjoyed it. One of my favorites from 2018.

Dec 12, 2018

I was surprised by how much this book and the boy Mason Buttle grew on me as I read the book. It is a powerful story of a child with a health condition and a reading disability who cannot read and is in middle school in a rural area, living with his grandmother and uncle.

I am not sure if this rather slow-paced book would keep the interest of a child in upper elementary school, and it may not be interesting for for older children. I noticed that most of the reviews were done by adults.

I checked it out of the library to read to see if it would be a good gift to one of my grandsons and decided that although I really enjoyed this book, which turned out to be quite complex, I did not think it would hold their attention. It might work well if it were read aloud to a child ages 10-12--either by parents or in a school setting.

JCLChrisK Oct 12, 2018

A sensitive, realistic, and moving story about a boy dealing with a wealth of challenges, from his learning disabilities to his family situation to grief. Mason Buttle is a most engaging and admirable character, and he tells his tale with real suspense and heart.

OPL_KrisC Aug 08, 2018

A moving story about a young boy with a heart of gold who is misunderstood by most people that know him and who also suffers from bullying almost every day. The mystery of what happens to Mason's best friend Benny will keep you reading till the very end.

Jul 06, 2018

I enjoy a good children’s book every now and then. Sometimes I just need a simple, feel-good story. Tell you what. I loved Mason, Calvin and Moonie. Endearing characters that will stay with me. Having my own son who is a little different and had trouble making friends, made me love Mason all the more. Wish my son had a Ms. Blinny, the Dragon, and the SWOOF room at school. A sweet book that I would recommend to adults who like children’s literature.

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