The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle (MP3 CD)
Mason Buttle is the biggest, sweatiest kid in his grade and struggles to read and write. But those are the least of his troubles, compared to his struggle to overcome the death of his friend Benny in the Buttle family orchard. When his new friend Calvin disappears, Mason is under more suspicion. His struggle to find Calvin and heal the rifts in his heart and his community will capture readers' hearts. I love Mason Buttle - the voice Leslie Connor gave him, his dear sweet heart and his courage to revisit the loss of a friend. Like OUT OF MY MIND, Mason's story reminds us to see those who don't easily fit in; to love and support them whenever possible. A lovely novel for grades 4 and up.— Cathy
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 grief. Fifteen months ago, Mason's best friend, Benny Kilmartin, turned up dead in the Buttle family's orchard. An investigation drags on, and Mason, honest as the day is long, can't understand why Lieutenant Baird won't believe the story Mason has told about that day.
Both Mason and his new friend, tiny Calvin Chumsky, are relentlessly bullied by the other boys in their neighborhood, so they create an underground club space for themselves. When Calvin goes missing, Mason finds himself in trouble again. He's desperate to figure out what happened to Calvin, and eventually, Benny.
But will anyone believe him?