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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.

This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades five to six, especially during homeschooling. It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom. 

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 

Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year 2019 (9-12)

2020 Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee

2020-2021 Missouri Association of School Librarians Mark Twain Readers Award Preliminary Nominee

2020-2021 Indiana Young Hoosier 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)

What listeners say about The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

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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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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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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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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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Fantastic story AND perfect performance

This story brings the reader inside the mind of a boy with many challenges and what its like to be bullied. The hero is brave and compassionate towards those not so nice to him. This story sits on my top shelf.

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Super read or listen for all ages.

A great book for all. It’s a story about a boy with heart and how he deals with adversity.

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Pepepoopoo cheak

It was some good stuff 👍👍👍👍 super fun kid friendly and funny. Ьзшсе эздфб ладчдыж двбаь вдвоём вдруг вдвоём двор тагальских аллеи два вдова дыд двор вжалась.

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Such a great read!

I loved this story and could hardly put it down. A good book for middle school, but loved it as an adult.

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I loved it. The only thing that I can say about the book is that it was a very slow and boring start. I feel like only halfway into the book something more interesting and exciting happens. Otherwise, an amazing and anticipation novel.