Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle” as Want to Read:
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  2,665 ratings  ·  615 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 333 pages
Published January 23rd 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Ellen I would say fifth and sixth grade. It would be a brilliant read-aloud for a class.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
4.25  · 
Rating details
 ·  2,665 ratings  ·  615 reviews

Sort order
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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 truth no matter what. This big, unforgettable cutie tells his stor
Jordan Henrichs
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Matty Drinker a thing or two! The relationship betwe
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, middle-grade
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 the mean-spirited neighbor kids will not leave him ...more
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 good belly-rub! I don't care who you need ...more
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Clare Lund
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 tree
I 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’s the crumbledown house out on Swaggertown Road. Sits a good
Laura Harrison
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the very best middle grade readers of the year. Should warrant an award in 2019
Laura Gardner
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 year ago and Lieutenant Baird won’t stop asking Mason questions abou
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 little over a year ago in Mason’s family’s orchard, and the
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 “intelligence” and through a new lens.

Trust me. Read it. You’ll not be
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.
I was frustrated because I got more than more than halfway through this audiobook and then my loan expired. I had to wait a couple of weeks to borrow it again.

The narrative is very interesting and provides some insight into the mind of a young man whose mind works a bit differently than most.
Lindsay H
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful story of friendship, truth, and empathy. The book's setting felt really close to home for us as we reside in New Hampshire. We felt so connected to Mason and Calvin. This book is truly relevant to our students today and I am so glad that we read it together as it brought up many life lessons!

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
Gabi Coatsworth
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, novel
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, his uncle and grandmother, and his new best friend Cal
Leonard Kim
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 realistic novel (and I agree with others that the ...more
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 friendship with Calvin, and Moonie the dog, and hi ...more
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.
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!
Mary Lee
This book grabbed me and would not let me go. Mason Buttles will live in my heart for a long, long time.
Wow! Couldn’t stop reading about Mason and his incredible personal journey. This is a new favorite!
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 synesthesia that makes him see colors related to hi
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it

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
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a lovely, endearing read about a kid with both dyslexia and synesthesia whose best friend died. The mystery of what happens slowly unfolds as the character processes and heals from the event, and it feels so tender the whole time. It’s written to be right on the brink between middle grade and young adult, and reminded me more than once of “Wonder” by RJ Palacio.
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chapter-books
This story will stay with me for some time along with its main character, Mason Buttle, whose perseverance, kindness and integrity are truly inspiring. It's a heartbreaking read but one of those that carries so much light along with it. I loved Mason and wish I knew him in real life! He's sweaty, often bullied, huge and all heart.
Agata Wilusz
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have absolutely fallen in love with Mason Buttle! It is hard not to. Mason is such a pure and honest character. A very refreshing and inspiring change.
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
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
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.
Michelle Glatt
Leslie Connor always creates memorable, rich, and realistic characters and engaging, thought-provoking stories for them to be a part of. I love Mason Buttle and think every middle schooler should read his story.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Parker Inheritance
  • The Season of Styx Malone
  • Merci Suárez Changes Gears
  • Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
  • The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade
  • Ms. Bixby's Last Day
  • The Journey of Little Charlie
  • Harbor Me
  • Front Desk
  • Hope in the Holler
  • The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley
  • Wonderland
  • The Science of Breakable Things
  • Louisiana's Way Home
  • Patina (Track, #2)
  • Lions and Liars
  • Train I Ride
  • The Losers Club
From the author's website:

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
“Stupid can go sit on the head of a pin somewhere.” 1 likes
“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.” 0 likes
More quotes…