The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

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As he grieves his best friend Benny's death, Mason and his friend Calvin, who are targeted by the neighborhood bullies, create an underground haven for themselves, but when Calvin goes missing Mason finds himself in trouble.
Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First Edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062491435
0062491431
Branch Call Number: J FICTION CONNO...L
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 22 cm

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Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience (age 11-13/middle grades category)

Finalist: Young People's Literature Category

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 M... Read More »


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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.

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Wordsy
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.

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alyxcampbell
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.

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savtadina
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.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Dec 11, 2018

I feel like an absolute curmudgeon right now, because this book was the recipient of so many accolades this year, but it just wasn't for me, I don't think. It's not a bad book -- I just didn't find it a particularly amazing one, either, and when something gets as much buzz as this one did, I have pretty high expectations. I found this to be a bit emotionally manipulative, and the sort of blatantly awards-baiting type of story that grownups love to imagine kids reading -- but which I'm not 100% sure kids would enjoy. I, for one, would not have liked this as a kid, and I just can't muster more than a shrug about this. It's well-written and there's nothing wrong with it, but it kind of left me cold.

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.

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Reads_A_Lot
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.

mko123 Feb 18, 2018

I loved loved loved this book. Mason Buttle is an oversized, super sweaty, country kid who has to outrun bullies every day at the bus drop. He can't read words very well, but he has no trouble reading the human heart. He can spot goodness and meanness pretty quick. When his best friends body is found dead at the base of their tree fort in Mason's family orchard, the police are all over him. Can a grieving, learning disabled kid get to the bottom of this mystery that the whole town thinks involves him?

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