Nothing But The Truth
Harrison, NH -- Ninth-grade student Philip Malloy was suspended from school for singing along to The Star-Spangled Banner in his homeroom, causing what his teacher, Margaret Narwin, called "a disturbance." But was he standing up for his patriotic ideals, only to be squelched by the school system? Was Ms. Narwin simply trying to be a good teac...more
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I gave this two stars, and then decided it's not worth two stars. The book would be crappy but innocent if it wasn't for it's Newberry Award and the blurb from the New York Times, about the story of the main character needing to be shouted out. This story doesn't need to be shouted out, it's a bullshit story, and if I had read this book with some of the patriotic covers I would have probably thrown the thing across the room about ...more
We had an interesting discussion about the book at dinner tonight. I was surprised by her support of the teacher character (I expected her to side with the student). We talked about how one incident can escalate into a huge problem, and how gossip can destroy people.
I admit that I didn't like Phillip very much, but I ...more
he's not about to read The Call of the Wild. Kid stuff. ('What can you say about a dog?') He's somewhat interested in girls, and strikes me as the typically unmotivated learner who lives for sports.
Philip has a habit that his homeroom teacher, Mr. Lunser, has tolerated in spite of the school directive that when the national ...more
OVERALL IMPRESSION: I did not enjoy this book at all. The only reason I finished it was because it was short and a very quick read. The plot angered me and the story never really went anywhere. I just feel like more could have been done with the storyline. It was boring and nothing got accomplished.
COVER: I do like the cover of the book. I love that it's simple and that they used the word to The Star Spangled Banner in the form of a flag; I think that's pretty clever.
CHARACTERS: Philip ...more
NBTT has some strong points that I enjoyed. I like how the book ha ...more
On the one hand, I think it opens up some really interesting questions about the power of gossip, hearsay, and ways in which the truth can easily be twisted and changed. The "documentary" style of the book is definitely interesting, and opens up a lot of possible conversation.
On the other hand, I found pretty much every character insufferable, I could not stand Phillip especially, and while he does end up being punished in the end, not nearly enough of a punishmen ...more
But that's what makes this a good book. Because I think this is plausible.
Parents who are squashed by their jobs "want something different for their kids". THEIR kids aren't just going to roll over and get bullied (like they do). THEIR kid is going to stand up to a teacher and sing the star spangled banner.
Right, couldn't you see that happening?? Can't you see a certain type of pa ...more
I liked the fact that Phillip Malloy stood up for himself. He didn't back down from anyone. He never let anyone change his opinions or his personality. In the book Phillip Malloy continued to sing the Star Spangled Banner even though he was told that he was not allowed to. He b ...more
The problem is that this scenario is more realistic than I would like to believe. In fact, an author's note at the beginning reveals that similar situations have taken place all over the country. And that is just... disturbing. So many characters o ...more
Orchard Books, 1991,177 pp, $16.95 hardcover
“While it may appear to be an April Fools Day joke, tenth grader Phillip Malloy of Harrison High School was suspended for singing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’” That line has kept me reading on and on until the very end. This may seem impossible, but it happened to this boy and it may happen to you.
Phillip Malloy always hates his teacher, Ms. Narwin because she gives Philip not high enough grades to let Phill ...more
Also, the ending. One of the worst endings I've ever read simply because ...more
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