The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

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Annotation: In this deeply poignant and beautifully crafted story about self-reliance, redemption, and hope, young Mason Buttle struggles with grief and faces suspicion when he is wrongly suspected of causing his best friend's death.
Catalog Number: #161176
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 326 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-249143-1 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-1336-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-249143-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-1336-8
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017934896
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
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Word Count: 66,294
Reading Level: 2.7
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.7 / points: 8.0 / quiz: 193450 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.1 / points:15.0 / quiz:Q72784
Lexile: 310L

A National Book Award Longlist title!

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?


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