All rise for the honorable Leslie Connor! The author of ALL RISE FOR THE HONORABLE PERRY T. COOK and WAITING FOR NORMAL, is coming to An Unlikely Story, courtesy of Remington Middle School, Horace Mann Middle School, and Annie Sullivan Middle School in Franklin. Her visit to our store and to all three middle schools is made possible by a grant from the Franklin Education Foundation. Leslie's most recent book, THE TRUTH AS TOLD BY MASON BUTTLE won an ALA Schneider Family book award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. At the event, Leslie will discuss her many books, followed by a Q&A and a book signing.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
A poignant and humorous middle grade novel from Leslie Connor, acclaimed author of Waiting for Normal and All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook. Mason Buttle struggles in school and is suspected of having done something wrong to cause his best friend’s death. A 2018 National Book Award finalist and Winner of the 2019 ALA Family Schneider Award.
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 haven 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?
Told in Mason’s unique voice, Leslie Connor delivers a warm and beautifully crafted story about self-reliance, redemption, and hope.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Leslie Connor is the author of several award-winning books for children, including The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle, winner of the ALA Schneider Family Book Award, Waiting for Normal, winner of the ALA Schneider Family Book Award, All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, and Crunch. She lives in the Connecticut woods with her family and three rescue dogs. You can visit her online at www.leslieconnor.com.