The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

By: Leslie Connor

Mason Buttle is the biggest, sweatiest kid in his grade, and everyone knows he can barely read or write.

ISBN: 9780062491435

JLG Release: Mar 2018


Sensitive Areas: Mild language, Bullying, Cruelty to animals
Topics: Friendship , Grief , Family life , Learning disorders , Bullying , Accidents , Schools

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Awards & Honors

Winter 2017–2018 Kids’ Indie Next List Preview, Ages 9–12

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Book List, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Calvin Chumsky, a brilliant seventh grader and the only friend of Mason Buttle, says, “The Universe is amazing. It knows what we want. And sometimes . . . it hands it over like a gift.” Maybe so, but the Universe isn’t kind to Mason Buttle. He is a large boy who has severe dyslexia and overactive sweat
[STARRED REVIEW]
Calvin Chumsky, a brilliant seventh grader and the only friend of Mason Buttle, says, “The Universe is amazing. It knows what we want. And sometimes . . . it hands it over like a gift.” Maybe so, but the Universe isn’t kind to Mason Buttle. He is a large boy who has severe dyslexia and overactive sweat glands. He is plagued by two neighborhood boys who call Mason stupid and pelt him with lacrosse balls and mushy apples. One boy, Matt, not only mistreats Mason but beats up his own dog, who prefers Mason. Worse than the constant ragging is the memory of a tragedy that happened two years ago: Mason’s best friend fell off a broken ladder to his death. Lieutenant Laird has hounded Mason ever since to remember more about the accident. Mason finds his comfort in his broken-down house, the secret hideout he and Calvin create, and a school room monitored by a caring social worker. Mason’s family and friends have their own misdeeds and insecurities. Uncle Drum has sold off many acres of the family’s apple orchards. Instead of working, he spends his days in a diner. Shayleen, a runaway, tries to fill her life with stuff bought on a shopping network. Connor expertly captures the camaraderie of Calvin and Mason, the overly permissive parenting of Matt’s mother, and the suspicious attitudes of the townspeople toward Matt after the accident. The final line in the books says it all: “Knowing what you love is smart.” VERDICT A poignant underdog tale that will resonate with many young readers.—Lillian Hecker, Town of ­Pelham Public Library, NY

Book Details

ISBN

9780062491435

First Release

March 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

336

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.7; Points: 8;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 2.1; Points: 15;

Lexile

Level 310L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Katherine Tegen

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mild language, Bullying, Cruelty to animals

Topics

Friendship, Grief, Family life, Learning disorders, Bullying, Accidents, Schools,

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