The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle, by Leslie Connor

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The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle
Written by Leslie Connor

This is a book about bullying, strong friendships, and living with a learning disability. Mason is a big, sweet, honest boy who can’t read or write due to dyslexia and general slowness. His best friend Benny has recently died and everyone, except his family, thinks Mason had something to do with it. The investigation does not reveal any answers. In the meantime, Mason meets a new friend Calvin and they bond quickly. Both are bullied by classmates almost on a daily basis. When Calvin goes missing, all eyes turn toward Mason. Mason can’t understand why the investigator won’t believe that he had nothing to do with Benny’s death or Calvin’s disappearance. In the end, all becomes clear. I really liked this book, and when I recommended it to 5th and 6th grade classes there quickly became a hold list for it.

Review by Robin Hassard, Howard R. Driggs Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 3-6

This amazing novel is a sad story but a good one. It is one of the best I’ve read. It is full of mystery, friendship, caves, a dog, and a ton of apples.

Review by Alyssa Mecham, 6th Grade Student, Gearld Wright Elementary
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: 4th-6th Grades

The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle
Written by Leslie Connor
Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
326 pages
Release Date: January 23, 2018
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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1 thought on “The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle, by Leslie Connor”

  1. Marjorie Briggs

    I just finished reading this book. Wow! It is such a great book, I could not put it down. I think this is a great book for anyone who is being bullied at school and wants to read about what a true friend is. A friend who doesn’t judge you just because you have disabilities or other physical/mental disorders.
    It is sad that one of the main bullies in this book has such a nice life style and a kind mother and then chooses to bully someone who is poor and disabled and is being raised by a grandmother and uncle, after his mother dies.

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