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No Talking

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,309 Ratings  ·  986 Reviews
"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 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
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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Andrew Clements does it again! I loved this story of a group of fifth-graders who, divided into boys vs. girls, hold a 3-day "no talking" contest. They limit themselves to 3-word phrases or sentences, only to be used with teachers; communication with everyone else must be done by writing, gestures, mime, facial expressions, or sign language. Team captains keep points of everyone who speaks a word over the 3-word limit, and the team with the least number of points wins. What fascinated me about t ...more
Sofia
Dec 18, 2010 Sofia rated it it was amazing
In the book NO talking by: ANDREW CLEMENTS THERES a boy named Dave Packer, Dave is in fifth grade. Dave goes to Laketon Elementary school .The fifth graders are the noisiest in there school. For an assignment Dave had to read about Gandhi, Dave thought Gandhi was really interesting .It was amazing in one part of the book it said: for many years ,one day each week Gandhi did not speak at all. Gandhi believed this was a way to bring order to his mind. The next day [at lunch] Dave had an idea. Dave ...more
Kristen
Nov 19, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it
English 6(1)
Good Reads #2
Kristen Mitri

No Talking is an exciting novel written by Andrew Clements.This story takes place in Laketon Elementary when the main character, Dave Packer lives with his family.The story begins when Dave is trying to stay quiet for the whole day because of a book he read about Mahatma Gandhi and how he pushed the British army away with his words not violence.A problem arose when Dave challenges the girls to a no talking contest to see if the boys and the girls can keep th
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Karen
Mar 03, 2012 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: youth-fiction
This was better than I thought it was going to be. Yes, it was a kids book. But it had some pretty fun things about learning to communicate, to accept others, to work together, to admit when you're wrong....and it wasn't just the kids in the story learning.

I really liked some of the ideas about words and thinking. It was a quick read. Why not?

Erin Mullen
Sep 27, 2008 Erin Mullen is currently reading it
So far it is pretty good!
Dawn
Jun 02, 2013 Dawn rated it liked it
After researching Gandhi for a class projects 5th grader Dave Packer decides to try going a school day without talking to see what it's like. This simple plan escalates into a full-on competition between the entire grade, boys vs. girls. This usually noisy group (nicknamed the unshushables by teachers) suddenly has a silent lunch period, but not all of the teachers are excited by this change.

Overall this was a cute, short read. I liked the idea of having a silence competition, and there are a f
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Evelynn
Sep 12, 2013 Evelynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, reviewed
I have to say, by the time I finished this book, it felt almost...sacriligious...to say more than three words per sentence.

It was genius, really.

The rules? No talking, unless you are asked a question by a teacher, and even then, only three words in response each time. You can make noises (because noises aren't words) and use hand gestures. Each illegal word said besides the maximum of three when answering a question for a teacher is counted against your team. And there are only two teams: Boys a
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Sandy
Dec 02, 2014 Sandy rated it really liked it
This is an entertaining story about a group of fifth-grade boys and girls who challenge each other to 48 hours of silence. Rules are negotiated - no more than three words may be spoken at a time, and only in response to a teacher - and an honour system of reporting "illegal words" outside of school is established. Because of the competition, both students and teachers alike learn valuable lessons about the value of economy in speech, the willingness to adapt to change, and the importance of co-o ...more
Tiffany
Oct 27, 2009 Tiffany rated it really liked it
I read this book to my niece and between the two of us we giggled uncontrollably. I don't think I could go 5 minutes without talking let alone 48 hours. It was an interesting concept on a historical person and how they can affect people. It made my niece and I wonder how we would do without talking. Good read for young and old to read together.
Adam
Apr 17, 2013 Adam rated it it was amazing
One of the most enjoyable children's books I've read - clever, funny, meaningful and straightforward, with a real message about language and stereotypes, self-control and standing up for yourself. Led to some wonderful, excited conversation in the children's book club I lead. A quick and wonderful read for kids and adults alike!
Katie
May 18, 2016 Katie rated it liked it
I was excited to read this because the concept is so fun, but the narrator REALLY took me out of the story. There was a lot of "but this is not the time to tell about that." Sometimes this works for me, but it did not here.

(It IS a cool concept though and I loved seeing how the kids and adults both dealt with the rules.)
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It was an OK book!
Danielle Scharen
Jan 14, 2014 Danielle Scharen rated it it was amazing
Realistic Fiction

I chose this book because one of my favorite books is Frindle by Andrew Clements. I always enjoyed a handful of his books, but this is one I never read and was excited to read. It lived up to my high expectations of the author.

This story is about a fifth grade boy who tries to go a whole day without talking. It became more challenging for him when it turned into a competition between the fifth grade boys and the fifth grade girls to see who could be better at not talking for 48
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Shruti S
Feb 07, 2013 Shruti S rated it it was amazing
Laketon elementary is generally a pretty loud school but nothing is louder than the 5th graders. Dave Packer is loud and cant go a second without making a snide remark and is the leader of the boy pack. Lynsey Burgess wants nothing thing to do with stinky smelly loud boys but has to when Dave just pushes her boundaries. Mrs. Hiatt, the principal cannot wait for those noisy kids to graduate so she can finely have some peace. But what happens when Dave and Lynsey get into an argument about who tal ...more
Lindsey
Feb 28, 2011 Lindsey rated it liked it
The protagonist of this short novel is Dave Packer, a 5th grade boy. This book is centered around a bet that Dave makes with Lynsey, a girl in his class, about whether boys or girls talk more. The notoriously talkative group decides to have a competition about who can say the least words over 48 hours. They make specific rules about when you can and cannot talk, and decide that it is acceptable only to speak to teachers, and only when you are spoken to, and only in three word phrases. This makes ...more
Keri
Apr 18, 2011 Keri rated it liked it
Category: Grades 4-6 Book #7

My kids loved this book about a girls vs. boys no talking contest. It is fun to see the kids' reactions to the teachers' reactions in the book when there is complete silence. THe book stems from a group of rowdy, loud children who don't listen to their teachers very well. I liked the book for that reason because it helped me talk to the kids about some of the problems we were having. It helped and now gives us a reference point when discussing being too loud.


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Amber Adams
Apr 22, 2013 Amber Adams rated it really liked it
In writing the author italicizes and capitalizes words to to show and intensity in a characters' voice. The author also writes very descriptively and addresses every detail.

The author uses the crafts well in this story. When he capitalizes his specific words, to show emotion through his words, I really felt like one of the students in the classroom. "STUDENTS! YOU ARE TALKING TOO LOUD!" (Pg 37)Andrew Clements also uses different size fonts throughout the book to place intensity on the words.


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Toby
Mar 27, 2009 Toby rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
I have to say I've been pleasantly surprised by the A. Clements books I've been reading. No Talking started out like a typical boys-against-the-girls school story - and don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with a typical school story. But it's evolved into something a bit more thoughtful. The teachers' reactions, for example, to the kids' determination NOT to talk is illuminating, some are so irate that they dare to challenge the status quo and then the English teacher, who thinks it's crea ...more
Courtney
Nov 23, 2015 Courtney rated it it was ok
Shelves: obob
I know this was supposed to be a boy vs. girl book and overcoming our differences but it annoyed me how extreme the author made the boys and girls (boys only like sports and girls only like shopping). On the children's level I could almost overlook that but it bothered me that the teachers were doing it. Then there was the fact that of course the only teacher who didn't get exasperated from the start and just wanted the children to pursue their experiment with goodwill for all was the only male ...more
Abby Johnson
Aug 01, 2007 Abby Johnson rated it it was amazing
The fifth graders at Laketon Elementary School like to talk. In fact, they talk so much that their teachers have dubbed their class "The Unshushables". But lately, Dave Packer has been doing some thinking about talking. He decides to see if he can go a whole day without talking and he very nearly succeeds. What stops him? In the cafeteria, he overhears Lynsey Burgess talking on and on about a sweater she'd wanted to buy. Before he can stop himself, he's insulting her, and soon after that he's ch ...more
Carolyn
Nov 05, 2010 Carolyn rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Carolyn by: Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This is my first Clements book, but it won't be my last. I loved the 'voice' he used in telling this story, it was wonderful! ("There's always more to the story.")

This is a great story and has something to think about, for boys, girls, teachers, parents, kids and adults alike. About different ways of communicating, and about working to achieve a common goal.

A very interesting point is that the whole no-talking contest was inspired by David's research to do his Social Studies project on India. He
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Dylan S
Feb 11, 2013 Dylan S rated it liked it
Recommended to Dylan by: Mrs.Foley
Ian am currently reading No Talking by Andrew Clements. This book is about a completion against loud, disrespectful, mean boys and girls. This book is about a boy named Dave who challenges all the girls at his school to a no talking challenge since they have been really noisy and the principal has gotten really mad and has to use his bullhorn A LOT. I think the author uses great detail and does a great job in every book I've read by him including Lunch Money another book by him that I am current ...more
Nate
Jan 27, 2016 Nate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: obob-2016, 2016
No Talking was an unplanned yet excellent way to finish the Oregon Battle of the Books reading list. I'd never read Andrew Clements before, and I was impressed. An excellent story that explores so much about the life of a 5th-grader. From school life with teachers and peers to home life with family and extracurricular activities, No Talking covers it all. I loved seeing the different reactions to the game from both the students and teachers. Highly recommended to all ages, especially when shared ...more
Laura
Apr 26, 2016 Laura rated it liked it
No Talking is the story of a contest between the fifth grade boys and girls at Laketon Elementary school. Who can go the longest without talking? All words that are accidentally spoken are counted against you. Teachers and parents can only be answered with three words. Dave Packer, the mastermind of the contest is inspired by Gandhi who he has learned about for his class project about India. Fellow fifth grade student Lynsey’s constant talking drives Dave insane, and his blow up at Lynsey is wha ...more
Kaylin VanDomelen
Apr 17, 2016 Kaylin VanDomelen rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I listened to this book as an audiobook. I liked all the plot elements and I have always liked the books that I read that are by Andrew Clements. The idea of the "no talking" competition is a good idea and I feel like in order to read this book you would also have to have that challenge happening in your own classroom as a supplemental activity. The activity turns out to be a lot harder than any of the students imagined. The teachers became very frustrated because they were using their right to ...more
Madelyn Adams
Apr 14, 2015 Madelyn Adams rated it really liked it
Personal Reaction:
I thought this book was very humorous book that everyone can relate too. I really enjoyed reading and seeing how the contest developed between the boys and girls. I thought the wording was simple so it was an easy read. Clements does a good job developing the characters of the book and even makes me not like it when the principal uses her bullhorn.

Purpose:
No Talking would be an excellent book for a 3rd or 4th grader. It could be read independently or aloud. There are multiple
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Hannah Sroka
Mar 20, 2015 Hannah Sroka rated it liked it
No Talking is a book about a fifth grade class. Two students, Dave Packer and Lynsey Burgess, refuse to stop talking. Throughout the day, every day, they talk nonstop. Even though there is a vicious contest between the boys and the girls, the genders envy each other. A dare is created between Dave and Lynsey. Nobody is allowed to talk. They can say no more than three words to the teacher, but that is only if asked a question directly. The whole class becomes involved in the competition to find o ...more
Ellyse Hampshire
Feb 08, 2015 Ellyse Hampshire rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3-5-literature
This was an awesome book! What started out as an idea for a personal challenge by Dave Packer spread out into his entire community, showing us the power of a small but powerful idea. Dave takes inspiration from Ghandi and his research on him for Social Studies, and tries to go a whole entire day without talking. Dave soon realizes that he really understands from a new perspective on how much he talks, and how little he listens. But when his listening turns into a confrontation with Lynsey Burges ...more
Alice Mcmurray
Nov 08, 2014 Alice Mcmurray rated it really liked it
Dave, a boy in fifth grade, decides to make a contest that is boys vs. girls and they have to try not to talk for two days to see who’s chattier. The contest gets started because Lynsey, a fifth grade girl, was talking so much that it annoyed Dave and he suggested the contest. Even before that Dave decides to be like Gandhi who doesn’t talk once a week for a day. They start the game at lunch the next day and Dave said a word by accident which was “Um, the first day.” The fifth grade was a very l ...more
Sammie Pedersen
Apr 04, 2014 Sammie Pedersen rated it really liked it
No talking was a hilarious book about a boy who got an idea from Gandhi that he was going to try and not talk for a day. After he tried he failed because he couldn’t stop listening to how much the girls blabbered on. Then he decided to make it a two day contest, boys against girls, about which side would talk the most. Eventually this game started to drive the teacher, and principle, nuts! They said it disrupted their lesson and they couldn’t teach properly because the students were only speakin ...more
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“Dave couldn't remember the last time a grownup had apologized to him.” 19 likes
“Okay heres the deal a whole day of NO TALKING IN SCJHOOL.Not in class,not in the halls, not on the plaground nowhere.No talking at all. And its a contest- BOYS AGAINST GIRLS. Whichever side talks less, wins.” 8 likes
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