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Nothing But The Truth

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Patriotism or practical joke?

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

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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Scholastic (first published January 1st 1991)
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Greg
Jun 01, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Story of Some Asshole Kid who fucks up some poor teacher's life

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
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Tiffy
Dec 28, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND READ THIS BOOK! If you want to try your luck and see if you like it, by all means. But from someone who was forced to read this book, and I love reading all types of books so that's not the issue, I am personally suggesting you do not. The different styles of writing can leave you confused, it would go by fast if it were not so boring and over all it really has not point. It does teach you a lesson about lying but in my personal opinion it is the fact that Philips dad ...more
Michelle
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My 13 year old daughter was given this book as a Christmas present. She read it in 2 days (a clue that she liked it). I picked it up a few days ago and finished it quickly as well.

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
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Xarii Sky
Jan 28, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely terrible. I haven't even finished the book yet and it's just bad. It's basically about a snotty kid who doesn't like English or the teacher that teaches English and thinks she's so mean and terrible to him while everyone seems to like her. He thinks she has something against him which is not the case, she finds him to be nice and just wishes he'd try better, but he makes rude comments and class. When he not only has her for English but homeroom too, he is outraged. When the morning an ...more
Erin
Aug 31, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students in the middle school
Nothing But The Truth This book honestly, is good for that kid who believes that school is no good and the adults are out to bring down kids. Honestly. The objective exposition of information and surprise ending makes this a good read for the younger set. I found it annoying, but I think that's because as a faculty member, it really bugged me how everyone failed to research the facts and the administration was all about covering its tracks.
Abbie
May 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a very large mixture of feelings about this book. I liked the plot, I didn't like the main character. I hated the end although it probably is the best end it could have and still be realistic. What made this book awesome was its complexity. The way it made you think and the way it challenges the concept of truth. Phil told what he knew as the truth but Miss Narwin also told what she knew as the truth. Neither were wrong yet neither was right. Then of course the principal just told everythi ...more
Stephen
May 27, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one; Those who like torture
Recommended to Stephen by: I read it for class; worst book I've read the whole year
This book is complete shit. When I finished it, I just threw it across my room and picked up another book. There is absolutely nothing redeeming about this novel. First of all, for a book that's really all dialogue, why can't Avi write dialogue well at all? Everybody talks exactly the same and when they talk they sound so ridiculous. There's nothing realistic about it. He's no Elmore Leonard or David Mamet, that's for sure.

Also, the ending. One of the worst endings I've ever read simply because
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Darth J
Apr 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book so much!



Because this book was soooo damn lame.
Rob
May 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult-lit
Nothing but the Truth is a subversive little Young Adult novel that takes on educational hypocrisy, personal accountability, and freedom of speech. 9th grade Phillip Malloy, banned from the track team for his poor grade in English, decides to get booted from class in order to transfer to another teacher and improve his grade. Defying the school's rule of respectful silence during the morning playing of "The Star Spangled Banner," Phillip hums along, only to find himself suspended from school for ...more
Stacey B.
1.5 stars

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
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Lara
Apr 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Avi is one of my favorite writers. So this book is presented like a file for a crime. This even happened at this time and place. There is really no narration. No persuasion. Just a very stark, neutral telling of events. A young boy refuses to stand for the national anthem or refuses to say the Pledge of Allegiance or something like that (it's been awhile). The school wants to discipline him. He claims he has the right to not do it. But as the facts come to light, you see that the boy's defense m ...more
Barbara Radisavljevic
The main character, Philip Mallory, is entering high school. He wants desperately to be on the track team, but he's not so interested in studying -- especially literature. And
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
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babyhippoface
Wow. I can't believe how much this book bothered me. I never have liked Avi much; I guess our styles clash. But I had heard about this title for years, so today I picked it up and starting reading. I don't yet know if I'm glad I did, or wish I hadn't.

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
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Jayanni
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nothing But the Truth by Avi is a realistic fiction novel pointed at several characters, rules,
or documents perspective. The author displays a stronger message than patriotism. He shows through a realistic scenario how little lies can spiral out of control.
In the book, Harrison High School plays a recorded tape of the national anthem each
morning. It is requested that all students stand in silent and respectful attention. But when Philip Malloy decides to hum along in Ms Narwins homeroom, he r
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The Aquamarine
I had to read this book for summer reading. I heard from others who read it before that it is really, really bad and confusing. This was the only book that the teachers had for us, so I started reading it. This book really bored me and I hated how the poor teacher had to resign because of one student who just kept on exaggerating and partly lying to make other people dislike her. I feel that this is just a waste of my time reading and for other students to read.
Rebecca
Nov 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a great, though provoking book. I read it right before the election, which seemed appropriate. It just goes to show how easily the truth can get twisted. It's a sad story, but I am still thinking about it. I can't wait to discuss it with someone. It just goes to show why I love children's literature.
Jackson
Oct 12, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
TERRIBLE BOOK! DO NOT READ! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! IF YOU READ, DO NOT READ ENDING! THE ENDING RUINS THE BOOK. OTHERWISE OKAY.
Mohamed Omran
Its good to finally find a fast-paced novel. I have gotten sick of authors dragging out the plot sequence page after page. I liked how the format is like a script, telling you who is talking and how the people are communicating for a better visual. I think that "Nothing But The Truth" is mostly about how if one person does something (like overreact over something silly) for there own benefit, it can make a big commotion and get people in trouble. This book once again shows how powerful today's m ...more
Megan Gothard
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a good book but at the end it was like the story didn't finish.
Parker Rodgers
It was good but left at a "cliff hanger"
Tasha'e Bell
Have you ever had something that was so good at the beginning, than turned out to be a bust? Well that's what your going to get with Nothing But The Truth. NBTT is the tale of a boy named Phillip that gets into trouble multiple times with one of his teachers for being disruptive. This turns into a patriotic battle between a teacher and the nation. The plot turns from good to bad which makes it an some what entertaining, okay read.


NBTT has some strong points that I enjoyed. I like how the book ha
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Sara
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm really divided by this book.

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
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Lisa Rathbun
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a teacher myself who has had students like Philip in my classes, I found this story an interesting and frustrating example of how easily things can get blown out of proportion. The student hummed during the anthem; the school rule said students were to listen in silence; the teacher tells the student to be quiet. What else is a teacher supposed to do? Well, bring in a resentful student with a bad attitude, defensive parents, unsupportive adminsitration, and sensationalist media and see what a ...more
Goldilocks Reads (Jenna Vahue)
First read 2005
I got this book from the reading club in fifth grade. They blacked out the curse words with marker and even then, I found that completely hilarious.

3/3/16
This book was just as bizarre and disappointing as I remember when I first read this more than 10 years ago. I loved the way the book was set up through memos, phone conversations, and morning announcements. The epistolary framework was the only redeeming feature of this confusing book. The main character was a rotten teenager wh
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Sara M
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

This book was not horrible, but not amazing either.
Basically all that it managed to do for me was annoy me. I was reading it for class, and the discussions that we had were really amazing, but the book itself just annoyed me. Philip is a jerk, but yet, I somehow have managed to feel kind of bad for him. Ms. Narwin is an amazing teacher and everyone likes her, other than Philip just for one stupid reason that he could have prevented if he had just tried harder on his exam. I think that
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Moe
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its good to finally find a fast-paced novel. I have gotten sick of authors dragging out the plot sequence page after page. I liked how the format is like a script, telling you who is talking and how the people are communicating for a better visual. I think that "Nothing But The Truth" is mostly about how if one person does something (like overreact over something silly) for there own benefit, it can make a big commotion and get people in trouble. This book once again shows how powerful today's m ...more
jacky
Mar 30, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
This is another YA book I read as an adult. At this point in time, I was reading as many YA frequently challenged books as I could in order to see if I agreed with them being challenged. I don't think this book should be challenged. I didn't enjoy this book that much though. The format was interesting; it is set up like a collection of documents. What caused me to not like the book that much though was that I thought the main character was a jerk a lot of the time.

Newbury honor
Catherine Daou
Mar 09, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this because i had to... if i had any freedom of choice i would have cut it into tiny little pieces and burned it, but that's only my personal opinion. I actually know many people who loved this book and recommended it to everyone willing to listen to them. So, read it if you will, but honestly don't expect too much...
Rebecca
Aug 29, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Recommended to Rebecca by: school
UGH!!! I hated this book so so so much. My least favorite book I've ever read. I just wanted to throw it across the room. The main character is completely unsympathetic, I just hated him through the whole book. Just everything about this book made me angry, I didn't enjoy any part of it.
Alina M.
''Nothing but the Truth'' is a novel about a high school student who wants to be in track, but can't because of his grade in English. To get back at his teacher he hums the National anthem, when you are supposed to be silent and respectful. This turns into a major scandal stating that he has the right to be patriotic and to fire the teacher , Ms. Narwin. This book was an interesting take on how misrepresentations can turn into major conflicts. A lot of current day problems have started because o ...more
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Avi is a pen name for Edward Irving Wortis, but he says, "The fact is, Avi is the only name I use." Born in 1937, Avi has created many fictional favorites such as The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Nothing but the Truth, and the Crispin series. His work is popular among readers young and old.
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