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 grie...more
“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 truth no matter what. This big, unforgettable cutie tells his stor ...more
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 Matty Drinker a thing or two! The relationship betwe ...more
“No one I think is in my tree
I mean it must be high or low”
“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’s the crumbledown house out on Swaggertown Road. Sits a good ...more
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 year ago and Lieutenant Baird won’t stop asking Mason questions abou ...more
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 little over a year ago in Mason’s family’s orchard, and the ...more
Trust me. Read it. You’ll not be ...more
The narrative is very interesting and provides some insight into the mind of a young man whose mind works a bit differently than most.
We finished today! I had to hold back my tears as we found out the truth of what really happened to Benny Kilmartin. What a journey this book took us on! I can't wait to read it to my class ...more
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, his uncle and grandmother, and his new best friend Cal ...more
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!
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 synesthesia that makes him see colors related to hi ...more
I 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!
“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. The pink is the color of the good parts. Best parts. Of ...more
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle follows the life of Mason two years after he experienced a terrible accident. Every so often the lieutenant comes to visit Mason, ask more questions, and to read what Mason has written in the notebook he was given, the only problem is that Mason does not know what happened and even if he did, his dyslexia preve ...more
My life began suddenly (you can even ask my mother) in an antique farmhouse outside of Cleveland, Ohio. I was born right on the family room floor ~ no time to get to the hospital! I swear, I’ve been in a hurry ever since.
When I was in fourth grade we moved to a neighborhood full of kids outside of Schenectady, New York. My Dad worked for a company that sold some of the fi ...more