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No talking

by Clements, Andrew, 1949-2019

Format: Book on CD 2007
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 6 copies
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Fifth-grader Dave Packer and his classmates are so chatty that their teachers have trouble quieting them down. However, after learning about Mahatma Gandhi, Dave becomes intrigued with silence. In a moment of good fun, Lynsey and the rest of the fifth-grade girls challenge Dave and the boys to a two-day no-talking contest. Although the teachers are relieved to have some peace and quiet, they become concerned at the sudden change of behavior and demand that the kids begin talking again.
"You have the right to remain silent." However...The fifth-grade girls and the fifth-grade boys at Laketon Elementary don't get along very well. But therealproblem 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? Agirl,Lynsey Burges, jabbering away. So Dave breaks his silence and lobs an insult. And those words spark a contest: Which team can saythe fewest wordsduring two whole days? And it's the boys against the girls.How do the 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 audiobook 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. It's Andrew Clements at his best -- thought-provoking, true-to-life, and very entertaining.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ah, silence the pipe dream of the frazzled educator. In Clements' latest novel, however, a group of fifth graders turn silence to their own subversive ends, yielding a comic yet thoughtful classroom drama in a mode the popular author has made his own. Inspired by Gandhi's daylong rituals of silence, Dave devises a contest to determine whether girls or boys can keep their traps shut the longest. As the diversion builds to something more significant, the kids' creative adaptations, such as the condensed haiku of their spoken interactions with grown-ups, form a big part of the story. Equally prominent are the responses of teachers, who struggle in different ways with the controlling principal's mandate to discipline the zip-lipped miscreants. Clements tosses out more issues than the brief, fablelike story can fully absorb, with kids' experience of silence as exciting, even dangerous, coming across the least clearly. But the school dynamics are spot-on, and the paradoxical notion of opening up one's experience of the world by imposing constraints upon it will intrigue readers of any age. Illustrations not seen.--Mattson, Jennifer Copyright 2007 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "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 smiled at 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Children's audiobooks.
Contests -- Fiction.
Behavior -- Fiction.
Communication -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fictiion.
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster Audio,2007
Edition Unabridged ed.
Contributors Nobbs, Keith, 1979-
Participants/Performers Read by Keith Nobbs.
Language English
Notes Compact discs.
Description 3 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9780743566926
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