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 *
"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)
What members say
- Melissa A Matthews
An amazing book
I loved this book and enjoyed it so,so,so,so much!!!!! Audible has made an amazing audiobook!!!
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!
- Amazon Customer
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!