The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

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 de...

Details The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

TitleThe Truth as Told by Mason Buttle
Release DateJan 23rd, 2018
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult, Fiction, Juvenile

Reviews The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

  • Christina Hanson
    “You should know. There has been a lot of bad luck. Around me. Like, it follows me.” This quote perfectly sums up the young life of Mason in @heyleslieconnor’s latest book The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle..Mason stands out in his grade, not only because he is the biggest and sweatiest, but he can hardly read or write. Add to this the never-ending bullying by some neighborhood boys, his grief over the death of his best friend, Benny, a litt...
  • Laura Gardner
    THIS. BOOK! 😍 You were all right! It’s amazing. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 for The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by @heyleslieconnor _*_*_*_*_*Mason Buttle struggles in school and he lives on a derelict Apple farm with his grandmother, his unemployed uncle and Shayleen, a depressed young girl with a shopping habit. Mason is also horribly bullied by Matt Drinker and Lance Pierson. Worst of all, Mason’s best friend, Benny Kilmartin died just over a y...
  • Brittany
    Mason Buttle is a character I won't soon forget. He is bigger than most of the other seventh graders, he sweats a lot, he can't read or write well and he's relentlessly teased for all of the above. After the death of his best friend Benny he's trying to put back the pieces of his life. This is no easy feat as his family and their apple orchard are being pushed out by developers, the town lieutenant won't give up on the story of Benny's death and ...
  • Emily Montjoy
    Wow! Absolutely loved this heartfelt story. Mason Buttle is a character you fall in love with from the beginning. So many times I wanted to reach through the pages and hug Mason and grab a hold of the bullies who are constantly teasing him. Another book that speaks to the message of kindness and the treatment of others who are different than us. Highly recommend.
  • Patrick
    Wow! Couldn’t stop reading about Mason and his incredible personal journey. This is a new favorite!
  • Alexa L
    This book was stunning. Leslie Connor is a middle grade star. Her characters have so much depth to them. Loved it!
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusMason lives in a "crumbledown" house with his grandmother and ne'er-do-well uncle Drum after the death of his parents in quick succession. Because the family is grieving and disorganized, the family orchard has fallen into disrepair. Mason has learning disabilities (as well as a condition that makes him sweat heavily) that make him a bit slower to process information, especially when writing, and the uncle has a young liv...
  • Tasha
    Mason is the biggest kid in his grade and it doesn’t help that he’s also the sweatiest. To make matters worse, he has dyslexia and trouble with reading and writing. His family has gone through a series of tragedies with his mother dying and then his best friend falling out of a tree house in Mason’s family orchard. Since his death, Mason has been trying to tell the police his side of the story, but he can’t write it down and the officer i...
  • Angie Simmonds
    Mason Buttle is not your ordinary kid. He is big, he is sweaty and he has dyslexia so bad that he can't read and he can't write but his mind is always working. He thinks a lot about his best friend Benny. Benny died last year. Mason was the one to find him in a crumpled heap at the bottom of the tree fort they had made together. Mason was the last person to see him alive and Lieutenant Baird has questions he keeps asking Mason. Questions he doesn...
  • Suzanne
    Mason Buttle is a fascinating boy with a story to tell if only he could. There are many obstacles impeding his voice and deciphering them is the reader’s task. The author uses these challenges intentionally to build mystery and awareness for complexity and diversity throughout the story. The complex issues include: learning and physical disabilities and challenges, anxieties and fears, accidents and sudden deaths of parents and best friends, an...
  • Sarah
    I received this through Edelweiss. Mason Buttle has been dealt a terrible hand. His father left when he was young, his mother is dead, he suffers from a disease that makes him sweat severely and must cope with learning disabilities. Even though his life is hard, Mason looks for the positive side of life and continues to be a ray of sunshine. Two years ago, his best friend died under mysterious circumstances and Mason was the last to see him alive...
  • The Reading Countess
    Full disclosure: I'm a fan of Leslie Connor. Her Waiting for Normal and All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook (the latter title being a book club selection for my middle graders in which we Skyped with her a few years ago) give windows into worlds for our readers that a large portion, through the grace of God, will not experience. But these complicated characters also reflect back in many of our readers an honest truth (no pun intended) for ou...
  • Helois
    A heart-warming and often times heart wrenching tale of Mason Buttle. Mason is a bit different from other 7th graders..too big, sweats a lot, trouble reading and writing. Bullied and lonely since losing his best friend in a tragic accident on his family's property, he is continually interviewed by the chief of police, who thinks he has more information. A few weeks after making a new friend, there is yet another accident. Mason, feels he is follo...
  • Sarah Peddicord
    Mason is the tallest, sweatiest kid in his grade. He struggles to read and write because the letters blur and change. Mason feels like trouble is all around him after his best friend Benny dies. Redemption is coming in the form of a new friend Calvin. Question continue coming from Llieutenant Baird. It seems like trouble and hope battle for Mason's future. I love Mason. He is charming, brave and loyal. His voice is the voice of many students. One...
  • Darla
    Thank you to Harper Collins and Edelweiss for an ARC of this forthcoming book.What a wonderful contribution to middle grade literature. This book is a treasure. In a time when many tend to think the worst of their fellow man, along comes Mason Buttle. He has many obstacles in his life yet he treats others with empathy and show wisdom beyond his years. We are given a front row seat in Mason's day-to-day experiences and see every bit from his persp...
  • Julia Wilson
    Really great new middle-grade novel coming in January. Mason is big, sweaty and everyone knows he can barely read or write. He's also a great friend and has a very interesting family. He's still morning the loss of his best friend Benny Kilmartin, who died in an accident in the Buttle orchard. He has a new friend, tiny Calvin Chomsky. They boys are both chased by the school bullies but they have better things to think about. They are building an ...
  • Ruth Ann
    First-rate. Great characters with a plot that doesn't back away from hard topics like bullying, change, grief, and death. I love that the author shows that loving families come in a variety of shapes and I especially enjoyed how the author captured the important role a loving pet has in making life full of "pink" (joy and happiness).
  • Ann Dague
    Very thoughtful book, with a wonderful perspective of several children with special needs, but done in a very respectful and heartwarming way. Children and adults alike will enjoy this uplifting story. Recommend for grades 3 to 6.
  • Sandy O'Brien
    “Happens every month. The lieutenant has questions. He is looking for answers. But he doesn’t like mine.” Mason Buttle is struggling with the death of a friend along with a disappearance of another. This books breaks your heart and mends it together again. #MustRead ‪“Happens every month. The lieutenant has questions. He is looking for answers. But he doesn’t like mine.” Mason Buttle is struggling with the death of a friend along ...
  • Cheyenne Hixson
    4.5 Stars.
  • Amanda
    You are going to fall in love with the voice and heart of Mason Buttle. ❤ You are going to fall in love with the voice and heart of Mason Buttle. ❤️
  • Nichole
    I really love Mason ! And this book was such a wonderful read 😃
  • Tracey
    Leslie Conno is one of my favorite authors, and here is one more reason why. For every middle school, and every elementary school that goes up to grade 6.
  • Scott Fillner
    Captivating story about a character you will just love!
  • Sarah
    EARC provided by EdelweissJust as she did with Perry T. Cook, this author has created a character readers can't help but love. Middle grade teachers will want to add this to their libraries.
  • Lorraine
    Thank you to Leslie Connor for sharing a copy of The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle with #bookexcursion! All opinions are my own.Mason Buttle is a loveable, curious, kind, loyal, large, literal, and sweaty seventh grader. Despite experiencing great loss in his life and facing bullying from his peers, he has found some things that work for him: the structure of routine and the safety of the SWOOF - the social worker's office at his school. Mason ...