No Talking by Andrew Clements

No Talking by Andrew Clements

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Clements, Andrew.  No Talking.  146 p.  Simon & Schuster.  2007.  ISBN 978-1-41690-983-5.

Can you imagine not talking for two days?  It would be so hard!  But that’s exactly what the students did in this book.  They had a boys vs. girls contest to see who could say the least amount of words in 48 hours.  If you did have to talk to an adult, you could only say three words at a time.  So, instead of saying, “That would be so hard.” you might say “Would be hard.”  Can’t tell you. We’re not talking.   You get idea.

Dave started this when he learned in his history class that Ghandi didn’t speak one day out of each week because he wanted to bring order to his mind.  Dave figures if that could make him a better baseball player, great.

Dave, on behalf of all the boys in their class, challenged Lynsey and the rest of the girls to the no talking rule. Lynsey accepted Dave’s challenge.  There’ s no way the obnoxious boys could ever win this. Dave thought if Lynsey stopped talking, her head might explode.

How will they give reports in school?  What happens when Dave gets called to the Principal’s office because of this?

Genre:  Realistic fiction, humor

Tags: talking, quiet, friends, students, school, boys vs. girls

Series: This book is not part of a series.

Author’s website:  Andrew Clements

A/R Reading level: 5.0

Interest level:  Grades 3-6

Link to Harvest Park Library catalog: No Talking

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