The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

Book - 2018 | First edition
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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
Branch Call Number: J FICTION CONNOR
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 22 cm


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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.

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?

Jan 22, 2018

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 perspective. Leslie Connor has done a fantastic job in telling this story for Mason while helping us to see his struggles and triumphs in such an authentic way. We can all learn from Mason Buttle. Highly recommended!


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