Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)
Mason Buttle has a whole lot of stuff going against him, and very little for him. Luckily, Mason doesn’t give up easily. He’s the largest, sweatiest kid in his grade, and on top of that he can barely read or write. As if that’s not enough of a burden for a kid to carry, his best friend, Benny Kilmartin, died falling from a treehouse he and Mason built, and the lieutenant who’s investigating his death keeps at Mason to “remember” more about it. Mason is the kind of kid bullies find delightfully easy to bully, and a few boys on his bus make that their life’s work. Before long, though, Mason meets Calvin Chumsky, a recent new neighbor, and although Calvin is tiny, white haired, and fairly frail (everything Mason isn’t), Mason and Calvin strike up a friendship, and Mason feels better for the first time in a while. This is one of those books that you start and think it’s going to be sweet and full of redeeming characters, but it isn’t. I can honestly say, The Truth as Told to Mason Buttle is one of the most difficult books I’ve read, and is SO worth reading. It’s that book that gives you more hope than it takes away. There are some wonderful characters here – both supportive and downright evil – but you’ll fight for Mason, his odd family, tiny Calvin, and the power of friendship, and you’ll win. Remember The Bridge to Terabithia? Yeah, it’s one of those.
Located in Children’s and Teen Fiction (J FIC CONNOR and TEEN FIC CONNOR)