The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

Finalist, National Book Awards 2018 for Young People's Literature

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor book cover
ISBN 9780062491435
Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins Publishers
Leslie Connor

Leslie Connor is the author of several award-winning books for children, including Waiting for Normal, Crunch, Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel, and Dead on Town Line, a young adult novel in verse. More about this author >

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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?

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