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The truth as told by Mason Buttle, Leslie Connor

Label
The truth as told by Mason Buttle
Title
The truth as told by Mason Buttle
Statement of responsibility
Leslie Connor
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
As he grieves his best friend Benny's death, Mason and his friend Calvin, who are targeted by the neighborhood bullies, create an underground haven for themselves, but when Calvin goes missing Mason finds himself in trouble
Writing style
Character
Award
  • Schneider Family Book Award for Middle School, 2019.
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2019
Review
  • Grades 5-8 Life hasn’t dealt 12-year-old Mason Buttle a winning hand. Since the death of his mother, he has lived with his grandmother and uncle Drum (who both suffer from depression). Also, his best friend, Benny, has died after falling from a treehouse—an accident that Lieutenant Baird thinks is somehow Mason’s fault. What’s more, Mason is constantly bullied because of his learning difficulties and his size (he’s the largest, sweatiest kid in seventh grade). A bright spot enters Mason’s life, however, in the tiny form of his new friend, Calvin Chumsky. Together, they make a hideout in an old root cellar, but when Calvin goes missing, Mason is again suspect. Throughout this realistic problem novel, Connor’s portrayal of Mason is spot-on, and the seventh-grader’s honesty shines through as his greatest attribute. Laced throughout the story, and evident at the end, is hope for a brighter future, both for the entire family and the community. Reminiscent of Rodman Philbrick’s Freak the Mighty (1993), Connor’s novel provides a thoughtful look at human nature, resilience, and love. -- Petty, J. B. (Reviewed 11/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 114, number 5, p61)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 5–7—Calvin Chumsky, a brilliant seventh grader and the only friend of Mason Buttle, says, "The Universe is amazing. It knows what we want. And sometimes… it hands it over like a gift." Maybe so, but the Universe isn't kind to Mason Buttle. He is a large boy who has severe dyslexia and overactive sweat glands. He is plagued by two neighborhood boys who call Mason stupid and pelt him with lacrosse balls and mushy apples. One boy, Matt, not only mistreats Mason but beats up his own dog, who prefers Mason. Worse than the constant ragging is the memory of a tragedy that happened two years ago: Mason's best friend fell off a broken ladder to his death. Lieutenant Laird has hounded Mason ever since to remember more about the accident. Mason finds his comfort in his broken-down house, the secret hideout he and Calvin create, and a school room monitored by a caring social worker. Mason's family and friends have their own misdeeds and insecurities. Uncle Drum has sold off many acres of the family's apple orchards. Instead of working, he spends his days in a diner. Shayleen, a runaway, tries to fill her life with stuff bought on a shopping network. Connor expertly captures the camaraderie of Calvin and Mason, the overly permissive parenting of Matt's mother, and the suspicious attitudes of the townspeople toward Matt after the accident. The final line in the books says it all: "Knowing what you love is smart." VERDICT A poignant underdog tale that will resonate with many young readers.—Lillian Hecker, Town of Pelham Public Library, NY --Lillian Hecker (Reviewed 11/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 11, p71)
  • /* Starred Review */ Under a cloud of suspicion after the death of his best friend, a boy with a "<i>trifecta </i>of troubles" continues as best he can.<br><br>Lt. Baird is sure seventh-grader Mason Buttle knows more about the death of Benny Kilmartin than the story he's told over and over. Now he's writing it, with the help of speech-recognition software in the school social worker's office (a process that is reproduced with unlikely accuracy). In a moving first-person narrative, Connor reveals a remarkably distinct and memorable character. Loyal and good-natured, Mason is large for his age, highly dyslexic, abnormally sweaty, and the regular target of bullying neighbor boys. He feels his emotions as colors—green for stress, shades of pink for happiness. There hasn't been much pink in Mason's life in the 16 months since Benny's accidental death, but now there's a new friend, tiny Calvin Chumsky, and the bullying neighbor's dog, Moonie, who prefers Mason. Using Mason's conversations with the detective and his voice-to-text storytelling, the author weaves the back story into a narrative of redemption chronicling his growing friendships. The climactic revelation reveals the gaps in everyone's understanding of the event and propels his struggling, white, apple-farming family—grandmother, unemployed uncle, and the stray, shopping-addicted young woman his uncle brought home—to make some needed changes. <br><br>Connor's gift for creating complex characters extends to the supporting characters and makes this a compelling read. <i>(Fiction. 9-14)</i>(Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2017)
Awards note
A Junior Library Guild selection (JLG.)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10616448
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Connor, Leslie
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
310
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Language note
In English
LC call number
PZ7.C76442
LC item number
Tru 2018
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 7
Reading level
  • 2.7
  • 2.7.
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader AR
  • Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Grief
  • Bullying
  • Murder
  • Friendship
  • Grief
  • Grief
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The truth as told by Mason Buttle, Leslie Connor
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
326 pages
Isbn
9780062491435
Lccn
2017934896
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)985073167
Label
The truth as told by Mason Buttle, Leslie Connor
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
326 pages
Isbn
9780062491435
Lccn
2017934896
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)985073167

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