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The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

Narrated by: Andrew Eiden
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10

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Publisher's Summary

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?

National Book Award Finalist *
ALA Schneider Family Book Award *
2019 ALSC Notable Children’s Book *
Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2018 *
2019-2020 Nebraska Golden Sower Award *
Amazon Best Books of 2018 *
Kirkus Best of Children's 2018 *
New York Public Library Best Books 2018 *
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books 2018 *
2018 Nerdy Book Club Middle Grade Winner *
South Carolina Junior Book Award Nominee *
2020 Colorado Children's Book Award Nominee *

©2018 Leslie Connor (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Andrew Eiden's slow pace and soft tone perfectly depict the character of 12-year-old Mason Buttle. The rhythm in Eiden's narration captures Mason's storytelling voice... Listeners will be captivated by Mason's sincerity and gentleness." (AudioFile)

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  • 20-11-2018

I tell you what, I think this...

Absolutely incredible story filled with deep emotions. The story is so touching and heartfelt it makes you wish you knew mason in real life to give him a hug.

The narrator brings mason to life so well you feel his confusion as he tries to understand what is going on around him.

If you havent heard this story you need to!

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  • Ellerbelle
  • 18-07-2019

beautiful

Such a rich, poignant, satisfying slice of life - Mason Buttle is a beautiful mess - authentic, deep funny. A crazy recipe for the best kind of human and story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-07-2019

Fantastic Book!

This is such a great book. Sweet and kind story that will have you crying, laughing and wanting more.

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  • Teresa
  • 07-12-2018

Beautiful message!

Mason is such a rich character, and the story is one of truth, encouragement, and re-birth. The syntax is phenomenal, and I feel like this family is a part of my life now. It’s a must read!

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  • Anna
  • 17-02-2020

The truth as told by mason buttle

It was amazing and very well read and and a very good story and I like how it was told

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  • Triena P
  • 29-01-2020

Riveting

This story allows us to see how a bully can tear down their targets. It allows us to look into the heart of the bullied kids and feel compassion for them. It's a tear jerker because this is what a multitude of students across the world face on a daily basis. Leslie Connor tells this story with grace. It was an eye opener and I loved it.

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  • Lawton W.
  • 11-01-2020

An incredible story, with a phenomenal protagonist

I could read an entire series of books written from Mason Buttle's fascinating perspective. 10/10

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  • Lentil Bean
  • 13-12-2019

One of the best books I ever I listened to

Hi, m name is Aria. I am 6. This is one of my favorite books. Ever. I like the main character and how he stands up for himself and his friend. He is very smart and courageous.

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  • Robert B
  • 10-11-2019

Amazing!

The narrator fitted Mason perfectly, overall this book was amazing! Most recommended boom I've read.

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  • Faye Quayle
  • 08-11-2019

Leslie Connor is the BEST author in the world!

This book doesn’t deserve 5 stars or less, it deserves more than the most stars possible! I read another book called Waiting For Normal, and these books are amazing! Leslie Connor is very gifted with her book writing skills! She must have an amazing brain, and a huge heart to write a story like these! I would never come up with things like the SWOOF etc. I think that if you are looking for an AMAZING novel, this book and Waiting For Normal are the ones for you! Leslie Connor, your books are SO good that I want a movie for every single one, keep up the absolute breathtaking work!

Lots Of Love -Meigan Q.