The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

A National Book Award Longlist title! 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...

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, Fiction, Juvenile, Young Adult

Reviews The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

  • Laura
    4.5 Stars“Say what you will. But a person just cannot know what he doesn’t know. And you can’t always see that a bad thing is going to happen before it happens. If you could, no bad would ever come.”Friendship, family, love and loyalty are all baked into this beautiful, sweet wonder of a book. And Mason. Mason Buttle is the sweetest, sweetest boy ever! He says things like “Holy Cow!” and stands by his friends and always tells the trut...
  • Carolyn
    I had high hopes (mostly because of it’s stunning cover) that fell flat. Okay storyline, but it was too advanced for an early reader, and too childish for a young adult. Regardless, it took me foreverrrr to get through.
  • Jordan Henrichs
    Mason's voice reads so authentic and naively honest. It's apparent this character was born from a very loving place in author Leslie Connor's mind. You want to teach him so much but at the same time, want to shield and protect him from so much. A warning: This book is surprisingly dark and heartbreaking. Mason is bullied relentlessly and while he doesn't let it shake him, I wanted to climb inside the pages of this story multiple times and show Ma...
  • Clare Lund
    From the author of All Stand for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, this book has an equally sincere young narrator in Mason Buttle. A heartbreaking story about tragedy and misunderstandings with a very satisfying ending. Ages 10 and up.
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Sarah
    My heart is bursting with so many emotions after reading this beautiful book! It deserves every last star because it is absolutely, hands-down, one of the best MG novels I've ever read. I loved Mason! He has the sweetest, kindest heart, and he doesn't allow all the tragedies and bad things in his life as an excuse to be bitter or angry. And did I mention the dog in this story?!? I wished Moonie could jump through the pages so I could give him a g...
  • 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...
  • Lorie Barber
    You know when you have a book on your TBR pile for a while and you finally get to it, read it, and then think, “Why on earth did I wait so long to read this?” That’s me. Right now. With Mason Buttle. I’m deathly afraid to give away any spoilers, but suffice it to say that this book is a MUST for any personal, classroom, school, or public library. It is a book about kindness, empathy, honesty and, most importantly, looking at “intelligen...
  • Leonard Kim
    Honestly this felt more like a 3 or 3.5 star book to me, but it also felt a lot like Hello Universe, which I gave 3 stars, so that shows what I know, and so I am giving it a slight benefit of the doubt. Like Hello Universe, it has an authorial voice which is sensitively lyrical but also perhaps not quite credible for the characters at hand. Like Hello Universe, the characterizations and plotting are slightly exaggerated beyond what I prefer for a...
  • DaNae
    Tell you what, there is lots to like about this story: Mason, Mason's voice, his relationship with Calvin, the dog, the school counselor. But there are lots of jangly threads that don't work: the agonizing slow pace, lack of forward momentum, the weirdly executed police investigation, the lack of motivation and remorse of the flat-out evil bullies, and the forced coincidence that got them all in the garage at the same time.
  • Patrick
    Wow! Couldn’t stop reading about Mason and his incredible personal journey. This is a new favorite!
  • Richie Partington
    Richie’s Picks: THE TRUTH AS TOLD BY MASON BUTTLE by Leslie Connor, HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, January 2018, 336p., ISBN: 978-0-06-249143-5“No one I think is in my treeI mean it must be high or low”--Lennon/McCartney (1967)“Some people might think they already know my story. That’s just because they live around here. Some stuff is plain. Some stuff is right where you can see it.If you lived in Merrimack you might know our place. It...
  • Destinee Sutton
    This book gave me the sads. Mason Buttle, Mason Buttle. He is a character with shades of Lenny from Of Mice and Men. Big and strong, but gentle. He is self-deprecating (calling himself a "gross out" because he sweats excessively). He can't read. He is trusting to a fault (thinking the best of a kid who ruthlessly bullies him). He seems to be surrounded by a cloud of bad luck and death (his mother and his best friend both die tragically). He has s...
  • Estee
    4.5I really really liked this book a lot. I was worried that it would be too juvenile for me but I really felt Mason and his character. Everyone in this book was so real! There are so many things that I liked about this book. Ms. Blinny - she is amazing!Synesthesia “Then it happens: The air above the kitchen turns thin pink—like wet raspberries. I stare at it. I know that I am the only one who sees it. But it’s been a long time even for me....
  • Theresa Grissom
    Oh, how I loved this story!! This is on my favorites shelf.I loved everything about this... a main character I loved and found myself rooting for, a loyal best friend, a faithful dog, a horrible bully, and a story I didn't want to put down because I HAD to know what happened. Mason reminds me a bit of Forrest Gump (but sweatier!)... innocent and lovable and funny. This would make a great movie.Thank you, Leslie Connor for this wonderful story!
  • Kari
    There’s a scene at the end that almost bumped it up to 4 stars but I gotta stick with my gut. Great voice but too long and a little unfocused.
  • Sherry Guice
    Just a fabulous story with Mason Buttle as a lovable and complex character. I think that older struggling readers can relate to Mason's struggle to read and be heard. I see this book with a medal on the cover! I also LOVED Leslie Connor's book "Waiting for Normal." Books like these remind us to listen to and respect the children we encounter.
  • Melissa
    Cross between Wonder and Bridge to Terabithia
  • Kathie
    I'm not even going to try and review this book. It's one of those heartprint books for me that there aren't enough adjectives to describe. It will absolutely be on my list of favorite MG books of 2018 list, and it's hard to believe it won't make the top 5. I very rarely cry when I read, but I almost woke my husband up last night as I quietly sniffled my way through a touching scene in this book. Mason is one of my new favorite MG characters, his ...
  • Josie Stewart
    Love this book, love the main character and his best friend, love the teacher/counselor. The kind of book, with such a gripping storyline, I want to share with middle grade readers and adult friends who love middle grade novels.
  • Mary Lee
    This book grabbed me and would not let me go. Mason Buttles will live in my heart for a long, long time.
  • Shaye Miller
    “Knowin’ what you love is smart!” ❤ What a lovely book. This is my new middle grade book crush (I'm flighty when it comes to long term one-book-commitment, so other middle grade books mustn’t get jealous). I started it on a whim a few days ago and quickly fell in love with this kid. Mason is dyslexic and regularly experiences synesthesia (with his form, he sees colors based on his emotions). He is also terribly sad because his very best...
  • Kristin Crouch
    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...
  • Gabi Coatsworth
    Amazing book - because it’s written in the voice of Mason Buttle, the largest and sweatiest boy in his class, who has trouble reading and a heart of oak. He is stalwart and loyal, and doesn’t realize that he is suspected of a crime, which makes him something of a pariah. His lack of comprehension mirrors the reader’s as we slowly unravel the facts and pick up clues before he does. His team of supporters - the special needs teacher at school...
  • Laela
    For those people who really like traumatic stories. Mason is not the sharpest tool in the shed, but he is the kindest. He doesn't see faults in people the way others do. And he doesn't realize that everyone is blaming him for the death of his best friend. He also thinks it is fine that the kids throw apples at him everyday after school. Things get extra wonky when his new best friend goes missing. Mason suddenly realizes why everyone is always lo...
  • Desiree
    Mason Buttle has such a unique voice. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters in this story. Ms. Connor has a wonderful way of speaking to the inherent humanity of differently abled people. I loved Mason and his friend Calvin's spirit of ingenuity and fun. Although, the story is complex, Mason uses his words to communicate in clear terms his love for his family and his friends. This is a great title for fans of realistic fiction.
  • Jill
    Mason Buttle (12) is filled with kindness and compassion, but he is also the biggest and sweatiest kid in school. He has a learning disability that makes it difficult for Mason to read and write. All of these things make him a target for neighborhood bullies. When his best friend, Benny, is found dead on Mason's orchard, all fingers are pointing straight at Mason. Lieutenant Baird does not believe Mason's account of the day and continues to quest...
  • 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.
  • Gina
    Found this on the YA shelf of the library and immediately couldn't put it down. Fell in love with the main character and all the hardships and losses he's faced in his young life. Found myself a little teary eyed toward the end which doesn't usually happen to me with this type of book. Highly recommend this to my middle schoolers!