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No Talking

No Talking

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by Andrew Clements, Mark Elliott (Illustrator)

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It’s boys vs. girls when the noisiest, most talkative, and most competitive fifth graders in history challenge one another to see who can go longer without talking. Teachers and school administrators are in an uproar, until an innovative teacher sees how the kids’ experiment can provide a terrific and unique lesson in communication. In No Talking,


It’s boys vs. girls when the noisiest, most talkative, and most competitive fifth graders in history challenge one another to see who can go longer without talking. Teachers and school administrators are in an uproar, until an innovative teacher sees how the kids’ experiment can provide a terrific and unique lesson in communication. In No Talking, Andrew Clements portrays a battle of wills between some spunky kids and a creative teacher with the perfect pitch for elementary school life that made Frindle an instant classic.

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Publishers Weekly

Clements's (Lunch Money) latest thoughtful school tale opens as fifth-grader Dave researches a report on India. He is fascinated to learn that for years Mahatma Gandhi did not speak at all one day each week to "bring order to his mind." Dave, an inveterate blabber, tries to keep silent for a day at school, a plan that derails when he cannot contain his outrage at his classmate Lynsey's superficial, nonstop monologue at lunch ("She knew I wanted that sweater more than anything, and she bought it anyway. And then? After school on Friday at soccer practice? She smiledat me, like she wanted to be friends or something-as if!"). After she erupts at his complaint, the pair enlists their entire grade in an experiment to determine which gender can utter fewer words during a two-day period. The rules allow students to answer teachers' questions with a three-word-only response, but they are prohibited from speaking after school is dismissed. Enhancing the challenge is the fact that the fifth grade has a reputation for being particularly loquacious, prompting the teachers to dub them "The Unshushables." The contest plays out at an occasionally plodding pace, as Clements dwells on the teachers' musings about the competition as they find ways for the kids to learn and communicate nonverbally. Despite the rivalry that started the contest, the longstanding animosity between the boys and girls dissipates as the students bond over the experiment. Presuming the novel doesn't generate similar contests in real life, readers may be compelled to use their voices to praise Clement's deft handling of an interesting premise. Ages 8-12. (Jun.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 3-6
Dave Packer's fifth-grade classmates are so boisterous and difficult to quiet down that the teachers have dubbed them "The Unshushables." Dave has just read about Mahatma Gandhi and learned that the man practiced silence one day a week to bring order to his mind. Though Dave likes to talk nonstop, he's determined to give the idea a try. An encounter with Lynsey, another chatterbox, sparks the boys and girls into challenging each other to a no-talking contest for 48 hours. They can answer direct questions from adults with three-word sentences but must otherwise remain silent. The teachers are bewildered at the extreme change in the kids until several of them figure out what's going on. Principal Hiatt demands that the quiet students return to their normal behavior. When the children continue with their silent ways, Dave finds himself at the center of the controversy. This is an interesting and thought-provoking book, similar to Clements's Frindle (S & S, 1996). The plot quickly draws readers in and keeps them turning pages. The author includes the viewpoints of both the students and the teachers, and the black-and-white pencil drawings add immediacy to the story. This lively offering would make a great book-group selection or classroom discussion starter.
—Elaine Lesh MorganCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
A vintage tale from the master of the theme-driven, feel-good school story. Having learned during the preparation of a class report that Mahatma Gandhi habitually spent one day a week not talking, Dave decides to try that out-but in the wake of a lunchroom shouting match with fellow fifth-grader Lynsey, the solo effort escalates into a two-day zipped-lip contest between the whole grade's infamously noisy boys and girls. As usual, Clements works out the rules and complications in logical ways (three-word replies to direct questions from adults are OK, for instance, which makes for some comical dialogue), casts no sociopaths among his crew of likable, well-intentioned young folk to spoil the experience and makes his points in engagingly indirect ways. The experiment soon takes on profound implications, too, as the collective action turns into civil disobedience when the autocratic principal decides to put a stop to it. By the end, the two camps have become more allies than rivals, and Dave has seen himself and those around him taking strides toward becoming more thoughtful, compassionate people. A strong addition to the "waging peace" genre. (Fiction. 9-11)
From the Publisher
"Andrew Clements set the standard for the school story in 1996 with his first novel, Frindle, which went on to sell more than two million copies...No Talking is Clements's best school story since." - The New York Times Book Review

"Readers may be compelled to use their voice to praise Clements's deft handling of an interesting premise." - Publishers Weekly

"A vintage tale from the master of the theme-driven, feel-good school story." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)
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8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he has been nominated for a multitude of state awards, including two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money, and more. He is also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. He lives with his wife in Maine and has four grown children. Visit him at AndrewClements.com.

Keith Nobbs has appeared on Broadway in The Lion In Winter and off-Broadway in Dog Sees God, Romance, The Hasty Heart, Bye Bye Birdie, Dublin Carol, and Four (Lucille Lortel Award, Drama Desk Nomination). His film credits include Phone Booth, Double Whammy, and 25th Hour. Television credits include The Black Donnellys (series regular), Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and The Sopranos.

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No Talking 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 133 reviews.
Innasense More than 1 year ago
"No Talking" by Andrew Clements is a great book for elementary aged students...and their teachers! The book is written in a way that makes it easy for students to read and follow the story, containing a lot of humor and dialogue as well as some well-done, but not distracting, illustrations. So what is the book about? Basically, Dave Packer and all his fifth grade classmates make up the "unshushables", a group so talkative no teacher can quiet them for an entire class period. But, when Dave learns about Gandhi and the days of silence he took to clear his mind, he comes up with the idea to try it himself...but he just can't stand Lynsey Burgess and all her blabbermouth friends with all their talking about silly things one day at lunch. In this moment, a grand challenge begins, one that involves the entire fifth grade class, one that captivates all the teachers, frustrates the principal, and teaches everyone an amazing lesson about communication and collaboration. I would definitely recommend this book for students, for teachers, and for anyone who has a noisy child or works in a noisy school. "No Talking" is filled with lessons for all. It is easy to relate to and very hard to put down. It's boys versus girls, teachers versus students, and the principal against a force even she can't overcome with an explosive ending (brought to you by Dave) and a great lesson that all of us should stop and think about. Five stars from me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is really funny and I just wanted to keep reading it.It is a book that everybody could read. It is just a down to earth book.It is one of my favorite books I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book.I think 5th graders would love this book. In No Talking,it 's boys against girl.It has a twist in it to.Dave Packer came up with the idea.Here is one rule,if a teacher asks you a question you can only say 3 words per question that,is asked.
LindsayZS More than 1 year ago
Andrew Clements does a great job again with his book No Talking. The book is well-written in a style that is perfect for the average 5th grade reader. The plot and conflict fall right in line with things a typical 5th grader might experience at school and make it very easy for student readers to make connections. The book also includes a great lesson-it would make a great read for teachers with very talkative classrooms! This is also an important reminder for adult readers (especially teachers and administrators) that we are, as adults, fallible and make mistakes. We have to be willing to swallow our pride as well and remember that it's all about the kids and setting good examples.
This book is a fabulous addition to any child's home library or any teacher's classroom library!
stacy101 More than 1 year ago
A Fifth Grader that loves books The book "No Talking" is a very eventful book. It is about a boy named Dave and a girl named Lynsey. They make a bet on who can talk less boys or girls. If you speak that gender gets a point and whoever has the most points in the end loses. Personally this is a very good book and I really enjoyed it. There are many humorous thoughts when the smart teacher asks Dave a question and he can't answer or the boys got a point. Soon in "No Talking" people start to figure something is going wrong and they try to stop it. But does the game go on?
JPRRES More than 1 year ago
Andrew Clements definitely knows children. Many a teacher wish that they could get their students to be quiet for 5 minutes much less a whole day. Well written, Mr. Clements!
Official-Reader More than 1 year ago
A contest between a boy and a girl. It is a good book. Can the boy and girl keep up the contest for one week?? Buy the book to find out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not to say Clemets is a bad writer, infact I have read multiple books of his and greatly enjoyed them, but he lacks something in each of his books that put me back aways. Each time I read one of his books, I get a couple chapters in and I atomaticly know exactly what the book is going to be about and what is going to happen towards the end of the book and what is going to happen before that and how it is going to happen. Not exactly predictable, alright, predictable. I just get bored when I know what is going down. Of course, I am a writer myself and you might not notice this. By all means, this is a great book thou I refuse to recommend this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought that Andrew Clements did a great job with this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book. You should get it. It is about some kids who start not talking in school. They can only say 3 words when a teacher talkes to them. The teachers don't like it at furst,...........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book because it is fun but also educational. It teaches kids how you can comuinicate without talking. I think that every person should read this very awesome book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome and funny!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because it was fresh and the characters were realistic and well-developed. However unrealistic the circumstance was, it perfectly captured the voice of fifth grade boys and girls, as well as their opinions about themselves and eachother. This book is my top Andrew Clements book. If you liked No Talking, be sure to check out Frindle, another wonderfully written Andrew Clements book. Happy Reading, Abby
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I was forced to read this. I did not love it from the begining but very good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book totally recomend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(THIS IS TO #24) Not to be sexus either but i dont think girls talk more than boys. At my school (st.peters) i think boys talk more than than the girls
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Were reading this book in class and its really good i love it so far my teacher said last year sje cried at the end and her class tried the chAllang but thy talked so much they couldent keep score so they didnt do it
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Boring i have read the book dont waste your money oh and who would want to read about no talking
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book it is AMAZING