Homeschool Novel Study: ” The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle”


2 p.m. Wednesdays, April 18 through May 30


We’ve designed this book club specifically for middle-grade homeschool kiddos. We’ll be doing a deep dive into this compelling and engaging novel. Central themes include bullying, learning disabilities, self-esteem, friendship, loyalty, honesty, and family.



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?


We will begin our book club with a pick-up party at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 at Blue Baboon Books. At the party, you’ll meet the other members of our book club, do a few icebreakers, and pick up a package with your novel study kit. Each kit will include the following:

  • “The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle” book.
  • A notebook for you to take notes as you read the book.
  • A study guide for the coming week’s discussion questions.


Our discussion will cover the following chapters each week:

  • April 25: Chapters 1-15.
  • May 2: Chapters 16-30.
  • May 9: Chapters 31-45.
  • May 16: Chapters 46-60.
  • May 23: Chapters 61 to the end.
  • May 30: Final project presentation.


Each week, book club members will get a beverage to enjoy during the discussion. Please let us know if your child has any allergies. Parents are free to drop off their child and come back after the discussion hour is complete.