National Book Award Finalist * 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 * Schneider Family Award Winner *
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.
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 club space 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?
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Leslie Connor is the author of several award-winning books for children, including Waiting for Normal, winner of the ALA Schneider Family Book Award, Crunch, Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel, and Dead on Town Line, a young adult novel in verse. She lives with her family in Connecticut.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Thank you to Harper Collins and Leslie Connor for providing an ARC for review to #collabookation. Mason Buttle has problems. Lots of problems. His mom died when he was young, he lives in a tumbledown house with his grandma and uncle, who spends his days at the local diner. The orchard the Buttles have owned for generations is being neglected and sold off. And a year and a half ago, Mason’s best friend died under mysterious circumstances. Combine all this with the fact that Mason can barely read, is the tallest kid in his school, and has an excessive sweating condition and you'd probably think Mason Buttle is a huge downer of a book. But the magic is, it isn't! Somehow Mason’s simplistic views of the world are uplifting. Instead of dwelling on the short sticks he's pulled in life, he maintains wonder and appreciation for everything he does have. He's open to new views, new experiences, new people. This openness is what leads him into a beautiful friendship with Calvin Chomsky. Calvin is tiny to Mason’s tall, inquisitive to Mason’s compliant, and indoorsy to Mason’s love of outdoors. But together they make a wonderful team. And then Moonie! Moonie, the neighbor’s dog, whom Mason often cares for. Moonie, throughout the book, is a testament to Mason’s innocence and goodness. Have you noticed I haven't even discussed the plot? That is because getting to know these characters, with any plot, would've been an absolute pleasure. *The plot is captivating too, don't worry! But in my opinion, it took a backseat to the endearing qualities of almost everyone in the story. I want to live in Mason Buttle’s world, and I want to be an adult in his life. Reading The Truth As Told by Mason Buttle, I was reminded of all the best parts of Freak the Mighty and Rain, Reign. But Mason’s story, and that of his family, is entirely its own. It is one I will not soon forget. In the classroom, Mason would provide for many students an example to keep open hearts and minds, and who doesn't need that reminder?