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No Talking by Andrew Clements

No Talking (original 2007; edition 2009)

by Andrew Clements

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Title:No Talking
Authors:Andrew Clements
Info:Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 160 pages
Collections:Gra Kinder, Lu 2nd Form, Aloud, Read but unowned, Children's, Lurad, Grazem

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No Talking by Andrew Clements (2007)

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No Talking is the story of a competition between the fifth grade boys and girls at Laketon Elementary to see who can talk less. The students agree to only use three word sentences when they are asked a question by their teachers and if they use more than three words, it is a point against their team. At the end of the contest, the score is tied at seventy-four illegal words for both the boys and the girls. By not being able to talk, the students are forced to figure out different ways to communicate. This story is told in a third-person omniscient point of view and we learn about the thoughts of both Lynsey and Dave throughout the contest. A major theme of this novel is to not judge a book by its cover. In the beginning, the boys think the girls will talk more and vice versa which proves to be false. The narrator of the book helps to keep the plot progressing and makes the story more interesting. This is a good book to talk about different ways of communicating besides just using words. ( )
  mwinningkoff | Feb 7, 2016 |
At Laketon Elementary, the fifth grade class is known for being the noisiest students in the whole school. However, this all changed one day when Dave Packer, a very talkative student himself, decided to challenge Lynsey to a contest. The competition was to see who could talk the least, and it was boys against girls. Out of respect for the school, Dave decided that there was a three-word rule when teachers or faculty asked you a question. If you answered with more than three words it would count against your team. Once the competition started, the eerie silence had everyone in awe. Although the quiet classrooms were pleasing at first, a few teachers complained that it was becoming disruptive. The principal decided to call an assembly to put an end to the shenanigans. When the students continued their silence, the principal burst in outrage. Ashamed of herself, the principal then decided to apologize and finally joined the competition along with the entire school. This gave everyone at Laketon Elementary a valuable lesson about language.
With the narration in third person, the story was less bias than it would have been if it had been written from Dave or Lynsey's perspective. Therefore, it took neither the boys side or the girls side. This incorporated diversity and allowed the reader to see both points of view. The negativity of discrimination was also highlighted as you could see that it was boys against girls. At one point, the narrator even showed the discrimination between the male and female teachers. All of this emphasizes the overall message of how we communicate, demonstrating how powerful a tool language is. ( )
  srmorgan | Feb 6, 2016 |
Narrated by Keith Nobbs. While researching a project on Mahatma Gandhi, Dave is intrigued by the vow of silence that Gandhi took and decides to try it for himself. This escalates into a contest between the 5th grade boys and 5th grade girls to see who can keep the most silent over a period of two days. The exception is that when responding to teachers they can only speak three words at a time. At first the teachers wonder what's wrong with the school's most talkative, noisiest class, but once they figure out the deal, they come to see the creative possibilities of not wasting words. The kids benefit from the experience as well, developing a heightened appreciation for communication, teamwork, and each other's abilities. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
This is a Nutmeg nominated book. It's a quality effort from Clements, but not my favorite. As always, Clements takes a clever idea, plops it into an elementary school system, and lets the fun run wild. ( )
  RalphLagana | Jan 23, 2016 |
Contemporary Realistic Fiction, Boy Book
  Jubilee22 | Jul 27, 2015 |
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From the dust jacket: "The fifth-grade girls and the fifth-grade boys at Laketon Elementary don't get along very well. But the real problem is that these kids are loud and disorderly. That's why the principal uses her red plastic bullhorn. A lot.
Then one day Dave Packer, a certified loudmouth bumps into an idea - a big one that makes him try to keep quiet for a whole day. But what does Dave hear during lunch? A girl, Lynsey Burgess, jabbering away. So Dave breaks his silence and lobs an insult. And those words spark a contest: Which team can say the fewest words during two whole days? And it's the boys against the girls.

How do teachers react to the silence? What Happens when the principal feels she's losing control? And will Dave and Lynsey plunge the whole school into chaos?

This funny and surprising book is about language and thought, about words unspoken, words spoken in anger, and especially about the power of words spoken in kindness... with or without a bullhorn."
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The noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School challenge the equally loud fifth grade girls to a "no talking" contest.

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