Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel

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Humming "The Star Spangled Banner," instead of standing at silent attention like the rest of his class, propels ninth-grader Philip Malloy into the center of a controversy that ignites the media and polarizes his school. Journal entries, memos, newspaper articles, and phone conversations lend authenticity and immediacy to this wry, provocative novel.

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Humming "The Star Spangled Banner," instead of standing at silent attention like the rest of his class, propels ninth-grader Philip Malloy into the center of a controversy that ignites the media and polarizes his school. Journal entries, memos, newspaper articles, and phone conversations lend authenticity and immediacy to this wry, provocative novel.

A ninth-grader's suspension for singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" during homeroom becomes a national news story.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Structured as a series of journal entries, memos, letters and dialogues, this highly original novel emerges as a witty satire of high school politics, revealing how truth can easily become distorted. After Philip Malloy, a clownish, rather unmotivated freshman, is punished for causing a disturbance (humming ``The Star Spangled Banner''), facts about the incident become exaggerated until a minor school infraction turns into a national scandal. Philip's parents, several reporters and a neighbor (who happens to be running for the school board) accuse the school of being unpatriotic. Philip gains fame as a martyr for freedom; his homeroom teacher, Miss Narwin, however, faces dismissal from her job. After gleaning the points of view of many characters, readers will side with Miss Narwin and will recognize the hollowness of Philip's eventual victory. It is clear that Avi ( The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle ) is attuned to the modern high school scene. With frankness and remarkable insight, he conveys the flaws of the system while creating a story that is both entertaining and profound. Ages 11-up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature
Phillip Malloy is in ninth grade, and he dreams of being a track star. However, there is one thing in his way: Miss Narwin, his English teacher and homeroom teacher. The poor grade he has earned in her English class is keeping him from joining the track team. As a result, Phillip begins to lash out against Miss Narwin by humming The National Anthem during homeroom, and pretty soon, the whole situation spins out of control, as school bureaucracy, parental issues, the media, and teenage angst all enter into the mix. Phillip and Miss Narwin soon find themselves at the center of a much larger controversy of a completely unrelated issue: the right of a student to express patriotism. This award-winning novel by Avi shows how easily a simple act of defiance by a teenager can soon become the center of the political correctness debate waging in the United States. This is an interesting, and yet disturbing, story that captures the unfortunate reality of today's school system and the media frenzy around it. Although written for young readers, it is also a good read for parents and educators. As is typical of Avi, the writing is riveting and revealing. 2004 (orig. 1991), Orchard Classics, Ages 14 up.
—Sheree Van Vreede
Children's Literature - Susan Wilde
Through a series of memos, journal entries, phone conversations and newspaper articles, this book uses documentary techniques to tell the story of ninth-grader Philip Malloy who is suspended from school for humming "The Star Spangled Banner." Irony, parallels, contradictory viewpoints, and character-deepening revelations come in bits and pieces that create an astounding whole. Themes include a father who wants his son to conquer a world he can't, to a boy who cannot grow because he is imprisoned by his spite.
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-- Ninth grader Philip Malloy finds himself unable to participate on the track team because of his failing grade in English. Convinced the teacher, Margaret Narwin, dislikes him, he concocts a scheme to get transferred from her homeroom: instead of standing ``at respectful, silent attention'' during the national anthem, Philip hums. Throughout the ensuing disciplinary problems at school, his parents take his side, ignore the fact that he is breaking a school rule, and concentrate on issues of patriotism. The conflict between Philip and his school escalates, and he quickly finds the situation out of his control; local community leaders, as well as the national news media, become involved. At this point, the novel surges forward to a heartbreaking, but totally believable, conclusion. Avi carefully sets forth the events in the story, advancing the plot through conversations between students, Philip's parents, school personnel, and community politicians, while Philip's point of view is revealed through his diary entries, and Margaret Narwin's through letters to her sister. Also enriching the narrative are copies of school memos and newspaper articles, transcripts of speeches delivered, and copies of letters received by both Philip and his teacher; each document provides another perspective on the conflict and illuminates the many themes that beg to be discussed--most notably the irony of lives destroyed because of the misuse of power and the failure of people to communicate. Admirably well crafted and thought provoking. --Ellen Fader, Westport Public Library, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380719075
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author


Avi's work spans nearly every genre and has received nearly every major prize, including the Newbery Medal for CRISPIN: THE CROSS OF LEAD and Newbery Honors for NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH and THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE. Avi lives in Denver, Colorado. You can visit him online at
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    1. Also Known As:
      Avi Wortis (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 23, 1937
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      University of Wisconsin; M.A. in Library Science from Columbia University, 1964
    2. Website:

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Chapter One

Tuesday, March 13

10:35 P.M.

From the Diary of Philip Malloy

Coach Jamison saw me in the hall and said he wanted, to make sure I'm trying out for the track team!!!! Said my middle school gym teacher told him I was really good!!!! Then he said that with me on the Harrison High team we have a real shot at being county champs. Fantastic!!!!!! He wouldn't say that unless he meant it. Have to ask folks about helping me get new shoes. Newspaper route won't do it all. But Dad was so excited when I told him what Coach said that I'm sure he'll help.

Saw a thing on TV about Olympic committees already organizing all over the country. Olympics. I'm going to be there! County champs. State champs. College champs. Then Olympics! Folks always reminding me about the money they're putting aside for my college, which is the only way to go. That's what did Dad in, dropping out. Too hard to get noticed with just clubs.

Rainy and cold. I hate this kind of weather. Slows you down. Still ran six miles. I'm getting stronger.

Oh, yeah.... At lunch Sarah Gloss came up and said she had to speak to me. Said this girl, Allison Doresett, likes me. I had to act cool because I wasn't sure who she was. Then I remembered she's in my English class and is really decent. She must have liked that gag question I asked. The two of us would be front-of-the-line. Bet she heard about my running too. Girls go for guys who win. Ta-da! It's Malloy Magic time!

Talk about Malloy Magic.... This time for -- dadum! -- Miss Narwin. I mean, what can you do with an English teacher who's so uptight shemust have been put together with super glue. Try to make a joke -- lighten things up a bit -- she goes all flinty-faced. Shift to sweet, she goes sour. I mean, people can't have their, own minds about anything!!! Talk about a free country!!! And the stuff we have to read! Can't believe how stupid and boring Jack London is! I mean, really. The Call of the Wild. Talk about dogs! Ma says she had to read it when she was in school. There has to be better stuff to read for ninth grade somewhere. I thought high school was going to be different.

Have to figure a way to run past Narwin.

10:45 P.M.
From a Letter Written by
Margaret Narwin
to Her Sister, Anita Wigham

Yes, Anita, I suppose that after doing anything for twenty-one years a body does get a little tired. And I have been teaching English at Harrison High for just that long. All the same, I remain steadfast in my belief that my life was meant to be the bringing of fine literature to young minds. When the connection is made -- and from time to time it is made -- it's all worth it. Is it wrong to speak of the work as a calling? Well, teaching is almost a religion to me. I will complain from time to time, but -- it is my life. The truth is, I like it.

But the other truth, Anita, is that students today are not what they used to be. There is no love of literature. Not the way you and I learned it from Mother. Young people don't read at all today- outside of school requirements. They come to literature reluctantly at best, fighting me every inch of the way. It's not as if they aren't bright. They are. And I like them and their capacity for independence. But the other side of that independence is a lack of caring for anything beyond themselves. If they ask me once more "What's this have to do with us?" I think I'll scream. Of course, I don't scream. You have to treat them with care and fairness. Fairness is so important to them.

For example: these days I'm teaching The Call of the Wild. A student raised his hand to say he didn't understand "who was calling who." Now if I were to laugh or mock, he would be insulted. And I would lose him.

This boy, Philip Malloy, is new to me. I met his parents at First Night, and they seem like pleasant folks; they come regularly to PTA meetings. They are educated -- she is, anyway. I'm not sure what they do.

But this Philip -- an only son, by the way, which may be the problem -- is only a middling student, and it's a shame. A nice-looking boy. A boy I like. Intelligent. With real potential. Perhaps that's why he irritates me so -- for he shows no desire to strive, to make sacrifices for the betterment of self, the way we were taught. And, oh, my, Anita, so restless! Worst of all, like so many of them, he exhibits no desire to learn. No ambition at all! But it's not even that I mind so much. No, it's a certain something -- a resistance -- to accepting the idea that literature is important. For him or anyone! But it is. It is! If I could only convince students of that. It's that desire that keeps me going.

I can hear you saying, "Come on down to Florida, Anita, I don't know if I am ready for that yet.

Yes, I could take early retirement. Mr. Benison (scence) is doing so. But then, he's older than I. And has a wife who works. The truth is, Anita, I would be lost without my books, my teaching, my students.

I had a note from Ethel Truebel! Do you rememberher? She used to be in the West Fork Church congregation years ago. It seems ...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2010

    Some of the other reviews scare me. This book is GOOD!!

    Wow, I totally loved this book and wanted to say so after I read it. It is really put together in an interesting way. I had to read it for my 8th grade lang. arts/history class, and at first I was little confused until I realized I had to put all the pieces of the puzzle together to figure out the story. I can't believe some other students on this site thought it was boring because most of the kids in my class really liked it. I have to say that some of the posters might not have been smart enough to figure it out. In the novel you really get everyone's point of view from different angles. Unfortunately, anyone who is stupid or lazy will probably not get what is happening because it is not the usual kind of plot. Ironically, me and most of my classmates really sided with the teacher in the end.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    pretty good

    Alivia Brown

    Nothing but the Truth Retell

    In the story nothing but the truth, a boy named Philip Malloy who is 15 years old wants to be on the track team for Harrison High School. Little does Philip know he failed English class and can't tryout. So he tries to blame it on the lovely English teacher Miss. Narwin. Philip then decides to tick Miss Narwin off by singing the "National Anthem" every single morning when the students are to be showing respect by being quiet.So the next morning , when announcements were over and the principle turned on the "National Anthem " Philip Malloy decided to hum along with the music. The English teacher, Miss Narwin, asked him nicely to stop and be quiet. When school was over he told his mother what had happened and thought it was a stupid reason to get yelled at.The next morning , Philip went to his homeroom for annoucements.The principle ,Dr. Doane, asked everyone to please stand up while the "National Anthem " was being played. So Philip once again started humming to the national anthem. Miss Narwain had asked him once really nicely to stop but Philip would refuse to stop. So she sent Philip to the office .When Philip walked into the office Dr. Palleni asked him why you are in here and he told him not to do it again so he won't get into any trouble. When school was over, Philip when home and told him mother and father that it had happened again. He got in trouble for singing the national anthem but this time he was sent to the office. Philip's dad told him that was a really dumb excuse and that he needs to stick up for himself.The next morning, when Philip got to school he went to his homeroom for the announcements and they played the "National Anthem" and once again hummed to the beat. Miss Narwin asked him very politely to stop and Philip did not listen so she said it once again and Philip told her that he is not going to stop singing. Miss Narwin was really mad that he had talked back to her and so she told him to go to the office but Philip would refuse to go. So Miss. Narwin told him again to go to the office again and so he finally went to the office to go talk to Dr. Palleni.Philip walked into the office and Dr. Palleni told him that he needs to stop this foolishness and told Phillip all he had to was apologies' to Miss.Narwin and he would not be suspended. But Philip refused to apologies' to her and took the suspension instead. When Philip got home, he told his mom and dad at dinner they thought it was so stupid and pathetic that he would get suspended just for singing the "National Anthem ". So his dad walked over to his neighbor and saw that there was a reporter their and asked his neighbor if he could let Philip talk to her about the deal of why he was suspended. The next day, his parents and all the teachers was reading the news paper. Philip started to act different in some way. His parents would ask him if he was ok but he never would say a word about why he was acting so weird. After all the commotion between the story and his parents it got way worse. The reporters were asking all different questions and by the time his suspension was over all his friends were so mad at him for making Miss Narwin look like the bad person of all of this so his friends ended up starting a petition for Miss Narwin. By the time this all happened his parents were thinking of using his college money to let him go to an expensive private school.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2010


    Rating: 2%

    Absolutely lacking in plot and storyline, Nothing But the Truth has almost nothing to offer for teenage readers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2009

    Nothing but the Truth Book Review- Phillips

    I didn't like the end when Philip is asked to lead the "Star Spangled Banner" and he doesn't know it. Another part I didn't like was when Philip got a suspension for humming it and "causing a distubance". I would not recommend this to anyone, b/c it is not good. When Philip had a crush (Allison) I thought they should have dated instead of hating or despising each other toward the end. Lastly, I think Philip should not have went to Washington Academy, he should have just worked things out with Narwin. Thanks Mr. Phillips, if I were you, I wouldn't make next years class read this. No offense.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2008

    You should read this book

    I enjoyed this book because I learned many things about telling a lie. I would reccomend this book to other people to read becase it has many things that you can learn from it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2007

    Head over heals for Avi

    Nothing But the Truth is an amazing book. It tells how tabloids mix the easiest things up. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes any Avi book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2014

    I loved this book. it really isnt something i would nomally read

    I loved this book. it really isnt something i would nomally read but i loved the text style and the plot. it was hilarious and just couldnt put it down. you should definately read this book. or any or book by Avi. <3 <3 <3 <3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2014

    Worse book.  This book is horrible don't even waist you time.  B

    Worse book.  This book is horrible don't even waist you time.  Book is boring and nothing happens.  I feel bad for the children who are forced to read this.   

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  • Posted September 29, 2013

    Nothing But the Truth was pretty good¿ for a school mandatory bo

    Nothing But the Truth was pretty good… for a school mandatory book. I was kind of frustrated with the writing style. It was different, but not necessarily a good OR bad different. It was an interesting read. DEFINITELY not something I would choose to read, but it was good. I REALLY liked the ending. I could NOT STOP LAUGHING! 

    I felt like there wasn't even a aware going on between Phillip and Miss Narwin. Phillip was just mad that he couldn't be on the track team. He didn't ASK to be interviewed or anything. His parents made a big deal, which made EVERYONE think it was a big deal. I felt bad for both Phillip and Miss Narwin at the end because Phillip's classmates hated him, and Miss Narwin resigned. 

    Overall, Nothing But the Truth was very humorous and yet still showed a point. I really liked it, which surprised me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    nothing but the truth is a book about this boy names Philip Mall

    nothing but the truth is a book about this boy names Philip Malloy . He is in junior high and has problems with his English teacher. He always has problems with her and always will.

     The main point of this book is that Philip thinks his English teacher Miss Narwin has it out for him and hates him.  She yells at him because he hums/sings the pledge and your not suppose to its suppose to be quiet during that time. 

     This is a very good book. But yes I think it’s a stupid reason for him to get in all the trouble he does because it’s a stupid reason. That may be his religion is to sing it every morning not just be quiet bout it. I would say you should read this book.

      nothing but the truth is a really good book, I would say you should read it because you would probably like it . But the main pint is to say how he gets in trouble and not to be a bad kid and listen in school 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Nothing but the Truth by AVI is an excellent fictional book that

    Nothing but the Truth by AVI is an excellent fictional book that would appeal to teenagers everywhere. It is about a ninth grader, Phillip Malloy, who wants to go out for track but is unable to because of his barely passing grade in his English class. Thinking that Miss Narwin is out to get him, he creates a disturbance by humming while the national anthem is playing. Things become out of hand when Phillip tells a reporter what happened, and winds up making his teacher the bad guy when it was really Phillip’s fault. The author’s purpose in writing this book is to show people that a little lie can go a long way. This book will appeal to most young adults because it is talking about a kid around their age group. This book, in my opinion, is quite interesting and keeps you guessing about what will happen next through the whole book. I would recommend this book to a lot of young readers out there.

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  • Posted April 19, 2012

    Great Book for Discussing Individual Rights & Consequences

    An excellent fast reading book about what can happen to all the people involved on both sides, when someone steps forward to point out that their rights are being violated. A lot of good discussion for students about what can happen, how it can effect the lives of of the people involved and the roll the media can play in the situtation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    The book is somewhat good...

    This book is about a ninth grade student trying to get into track, but is failing in English cause he thinks the teacher is out for him. So he is going to try and get out of the teacher's class by singing along during the Star Spangled Anthem in the morning. But soon to figure out, not only does this go on in his region, but on the news as well.In my opion, the book wasn't all that good. I was expecting more in this but didn't quiet get it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2011

    Students from a Middle School at LES

    In the book, "Nothing But the Truth" by Avi is an okay book. I like the plot because it was a scene I've never read before. It was interesting how being suspended could be all over the newspaper and T.V. What I don't like about the book is that the characters and names are confusing. The name changes sometimes throughout the book.

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

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    Great for the classroom

    I use this book in my 8th grade classroom. The documentary (play-like format) makes it a nice interactive reading experience. Philip attempts to cover-up his bad grade with some less than truthful information, however, readers learn his choices were not wise. Lots of opportunity for discussion and writing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2011

    Disturbingly true to life

    I was depressed for several days after reading this book. There are so many parallels to what life is like in America -- that if the lie is inflammatory enough, it takes on a life of it's own and woe to those and the truth when it gets in the way of the desire to be angry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2011

    This was an okay book

    The title of the book is "Nothing but the truth" , the author is Avi Wortis. The story is about Philip Malloy a teenager in Harrison, NH. Philip Malloy had planned to try out for his high schools track team. But what he didn't know was that he was failing his English class. Philip says he's failing English because his teacher doesn't like him. To try to make Miss Narwin mad he hums the "Star Spangled Banner" during home room announcements. When he starts to hum Miss Narwin asks him to stop several times and he doesn't so she asks him to go to the assistant principal's office.
    When he goes Dr. Palleni's office he gives him a warning to not do it again. The next day Philip does the same exact thing. When he goes to Dr.palleni's office he tells him he can either go apologize to Miss Narwin or be suspended for the next two days. Phillip thinks he has done nothing wrong and he takes the two days of suspension. He tries to tell everyone he was just being patriotic but he really was trying to get on her nerves.
    When he got home he told his parents about what has happened. He told his parents the wrong thing so they would be on his side. They talked to Ted Griffen across the street who is running for the board in their county. He wanted to get the story out thinking if he helped it would help him get his job. He contacted Jennifer Stewart a reporter of the county newspaper. Philip told his side of the story then Ms. Stewart talked to a few people from the county schooling system.
    The story went nationwide it was on talk shows and in newspaper everywhere. The only thing was that they only had one side of the story. Everyone heard about Miss Narwin and thought it was her fault for suspending him. They also thought it was because she didn't want him to be patriotic when actually he was creating a disturbance in his class. People was writing letters and sending telegrams to Miss Narwin saying that she was a awful person and stuff.
    When Philip went back to school a lot of people were mad at him. When he got home he told his parents he wants to switch schools but they will have to use his college money to go to a private school. When he gets to his new school his new homeroom teacher asks him if he would like to start them off by singing the national anthem and he says.. I don't know it.
    I thought this was an okay book. One thing I liked was how it was sort of in play form it let people see others thoughts about what was going on. The only thing about it I didn't like was the ending. When the book ended it was just like BOOM the books over, and I don't like that as an ending in a book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2011

    Very Good Book You Must Buy

    The book I read was "Nothing but the Truth." The author of the book is Avi Wortis. This book is about a ninth grader in Harrison, NH named Philip Malloy. Philip wants to be on the track team, but can't because he can't pass English. He says it's because the teacher, Miss Narwin, has it out for him. One day in homeroom, Philip decided to make a disturbance by humming when the Star Spangled Banner comes on in the morning. When Philip started doing this, It changed his life forever.
    Miss Narwin told him to stop and he did on the first day. The next day he did the same thing but didn't listen to Miss Narwin and got sent to the Assistant Principals office. It was only a warning, but one more time and he was suspended for two days. The next day came along and Philip Hummed the Star Spangled Banner again and got sent to the Assistant Principals Office and got suspended. The next few days were going to be really life changing for Philip Malloy.
    When Philip got home, he told his parents a different reason why he was suspended. He told them that he was singing The Star Spangled Banner and wasn't making a raucous like Miss Narwin said he was. His dad didn't think that was right. So, they went to their neighbor who was running for school board to talk about this. Philip got interviewed and the story of his suspension went out for everyone to see.
    The story about Philip Malloy from Harrison, NH, got bigger and bigger. It was on radios and talk shows. Everyone that heard the story was on Philip's side. Not very many people liked Miss Narwin through all this. The story everyone was hearing was all a lie though. Philip Mallow was making a raucous in class, was humming, and did lie to everyone, but only he knew that. He would get telegrams and not want to look at them because he knew he was wrong.
    Philip Malloy changed homerooms and English class, to get away from Miss Narwin. Even doing that, he still was being teased for lying at school, because all the kids like Miss Narwin and Know Philip was lying to everyone. Philip couldn't take it anymore and switched to a private school. His first day of his new school, he was very popular because of his suspension incident. In his homeroom, the teacher asked Philip Mallow to start singing The Star Spangled Banner, but Philip said he didn't know the words and started crying.
    "Nothing but the Truth" was a very good book. This book was a very patriotic book. I loved that the book and was very satisfied the whole time. Please get this book and read it. You will love it just like I did.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

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    Nothing but the Truth Review
    The book Nothing but the Truth is about a boy named Phillip Malloy that is a ninth grader at Harrison High School. He is a running junkie and wants to join the track team but he can't because his grades he has in English class with his most despised teacher Miss Narwin. Phillip is absurd when he finds out about this so he tries to get out of her class ASAP. When spring comes every student in the school has their homerooms changed for the rest of the school year. For Phillip, he gets the worst out of the change up. He gets Miss Narwin. Now more than ever, Phillip wants out of her homeroom and her English class.
    The next day the National Anthem "The Star Spangled Banner" is played for morning exercises. When it comes on Phillip starts to hum the song to make Miss Narwin mad. Miss Narwin hears him and tells him to stop. He didn't. The second time she asked he did and the song went on. The next day Phillip started to hum and again and Miss Narwin told him to stop the humming but he didn't. Miss Narwin finally kicks him out of class and sends him to the assistant principal, Dr. Palleni. Phillip tells Dr. Palleni his side of the story and Phillip goes back to class for the rest of the day.
    The next day Phillip starts to hum again and Miss Narwin kicks him out again. This time Dr.Palleni suspense Phillip for causing two infractions in one week. Phillip tells his mom and dad that he got suspended for singing the "Star Spangled Banner." He told them it was an act of patriotism. Phillips dad tells him to talk to his friend Ted Griffen, a electoral candidate for board of education, about this. Ted tells them to talk to a reporter about this named Jennifer Stewart. Jennifer writes an article about it and the story spreads everywhere. Phillip has took this too far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2011

    okay book

    'Nothing but the Truth' is a fictional story written by Avi Wortis. About a ninth grade boy named Philip Malloy who has been having problems with his English teacher Miss Narwin. He got his report card for the semester and found out he's failing English and he wanted to try out for track but if you don't have a passing grade in all your classes you can't try out. He goes home and tells his parents that it's the teachers fault and they believe him. His dad told him to stick up for himself but instead of sticking up for himself he tried getting back.
    So the next morning during the announcements when the National Anthem is played he decided to hum along. Miss Narwin told him to stop and he did. The next day when they came one he was humming once again and this time he didn't stop. After the announcements were over Miss Narwin sent him to the assistant principal's office. They had a talk and the principle told him to stop and sent him back on his way. He continued to do it again the next day and got sent back to the office. The school policy is two trips to the office is a two day suspension. His record was clean and the principle didn't want that to change so he gave him a chance to apologize and not get suspended but he wouldn't.
    He came home that day and his mom was upset a little but the dad was not because his dad was happy that he stood up for his rights. Within these next two days the whole nation will have heard about what happened. When Phil's dad got home from work they went to their next door neighbors house Ted Griffin because he was running for the school board and they wanted to see if he could help. When they got there Ted was so furious that he had a reporter from the Manchester Record make it a story. From there she took the story from Phil's point of you first not the teachers. Phil thought this could be his chance to get back at Miss Narwin so he blew it way out of proportion. The Manchester record reporter asked Miss Narwin but she did not want tome comment.
    Within the next twenty-four hours this was a big story. Part of it read "10th grader from Harrison high school in New Hampshire got suspended for being a patriot." This caught the eyes of reporters everywhere also caught the eye of the superintendent. He found out about it and was furious, he called the principle and she said she had no idea even though the assistant principle left her a note saying what happened. So they called the assistant principle and he said that yes it's true and that Philip was being a disturbance to the class and got sent to the office twice. The principle left it alone for awhile thinking that it would blow over. He was more worried about the school budget then some story that he thought was no big deal.
    During Phil's second day of suspension there were reporters from Missouri contacting the superintendent and wanted to know why the poor boy got suspended for singing the National Anthem. He wasn't the only one that was contacted they also called the assistant principle, the principle, and the English teacher Miss Narwin. Everyone started to wonder how many people knew about this so called little news story. The principle and the assistant principle got together and decided to give Miss Narwin a paid leave of absence she wasn't dumb she knew they wanted her to resign. A few weeks later after all that happened his mom pulled Phil out of Harrison High and put him into a private school. His first day there his new teacher offered hi

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