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No Talking

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  16,715 ratings  ·  1,170 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
Hardcover, 146 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
Dec 13, 2010 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
C.B. Cook
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
(Reread) Fun book! Still one of my favorite Andrew Clements books.
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
English 6(1)
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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
Jan 25, 2010 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 is currently reading it
So far it is pretty good!
Jun 01, 2013 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
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, books-i-own
I have to say, by the time I finished this book, it felt 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
Oct 18, 2014 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
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.)
Apr 15, 2013 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!
Oct 27, 2009 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.
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a good book. I would reread it if i had a lot of time. I would also recommend my friends to read this book.
Nancy Kotkin
An entire fifth-grade class, normally overly chatty, falls silent over a bet between the boys and the girls over which gender can remain the most silent for two whole days. The only exception is they can provide three-word answers to teachers when directly questioned. Not only do the students discover important lessons about communication, themselves, and one another, but the teachers and the principal also learn from the experience. The omniscient narration works well to provide insight beyond ...more
Brittany Van
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2009, 160 pgs., Genre: Fiction, Grade level: 3-5, GR level: R, Lexile level: 750L
No Talking is one of my favorite novel books to use in a school setting due to its inspiring moral message, vivid illustrations, and creative perspectives. This books helps the reader reflect upon what type of language they use on a daily basis as well as how easily communication can be taken for granted. In this book the main character Dave Packer stumbles upon the idea of seeing i
Libby Ames
Dave Packer is determined to go for two days without talking. But what started out as an experiment inspired by his report on Mahatma Gandhi has become something much bigger. Now it is a contest between the 5th grade boys and girls at Laketon Elementary School. Can they go two days without saying a word (or at least no more than 3 words at a time if teachers demand it)? The bigger question is will this contest become a problem or a learning experience?

On first, No Talking seems like a light hear
I love this book. It explores the power of language--whether we choose to use it--or not.

Clements takes on not only that topic, but another, deeper topic, and handles it very well--what if the kids were right, and the grown-ups weren't? How should that be handled?

And it begs the questions: Who handled the no-talking challenge better? How could Dave and the other students have done things differently? WHY did the grown-ups react the way that they did? Just how powerful IS talking? Is tone just
Amber Scaife
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
The teachers at Dave's school call the 5th-graders The Unshushables, because they never stop talking. But that all changes when Dave and Lynsey start and boys-vs-girls contest to see who can last the longest without talking at all.
A fun read, but there's nothing earth-shattering here.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book as a family read aloud!! Made kids really think!! They had great questions and lead to discussions. ;) And introduced kids to Gandhi!
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great audiobook for the whole family. One of the kids experimented with avoiding talking after we listened to it.
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Andrew Clements' books are great for road trips. Funny, engaging, and not too long. This one was another winner enjoyed by my whole family.
Maeve Mccarthy
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story is about kids at a school are being constantly yelled at by their principle for being to loud so they decided to fight back and stop talking completely and they make it a competition with the boys and girls. The principle goes nuts but the exact opposite reason. This is a very fun and cool story and I very much liked it. The theme off this book is that sometimes you find what you very much is not the right thing after all.
Chelsea D
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I think that this book is good because this kid tried to not talk for the whole day but he and his team mate needs to present their work. The kid cough so that they wouldn't have to present their work but they still had to share. Until the kid found book about a guy, the guy was able to not talk for the whole day and the kid wasn't.
Naomi Campbell
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books
I really, really loved this book! I couldn't wait to get back to it, I right off the bat GOT into it, and I love words, and talking...and I also love NOT talking! This was pretty much the perfect book for me. Thinking. Talking. It's like what I DO. All day! Every day. The characters were fabulous. There's humor and at least I couldn't tell what was going to happen next. Maybe some people could, but not me. I took what it gave me, and I smiled and read this book. It's so fun to practice thinking ...more
Andrew Clements practically was my childhood. Me and my Mum both loved them, so she would read them to me (Or as I got older, I would read them, and then let her read them to me, because she was too slow 😄). I read almost all of his books growing up, and I loved them! I read them so many times.
This was never one of my favourites, and I think I only read it once or twice, but when my mum got it out of the library for my brother, I was curious what I would think of it now.

No Talking is a fun book
Katie Fitzgerald
This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.

No Talking is a school story about a particularly chatty fifth grade class. Their teachers have been trying since kindergarten to get these kids to stop talking so much during the school day, and they have never been able to do it. This is why they are so surprised when, one afternoon, the entire class falls silent. Little do they know that Dave Packer and Lynsey Burgess have made a bet to see which group - the boys or the girls - can say the
Steven R. McEvoy
This is the third book I have read by Andrew Clements in as many weeks. I am finding that the more I read of his the more I like it. He does an excellent job of capturing the school environments, children and student teacher interactions. To be honest I wish I had encountered his writings earlier for I know I would have read many more of them, and I just might yet. When I am reading books for younger readers I have a few questions that take a book from good to great in my opinion, those question ...more
Danielle Scharen
Jan 13, 2014 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
Feb 28, 2011 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
Apr 18, 2011 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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I was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1949 and lived in Oaklyn and Cherry Hill until the middle of sixth grade. Then we moved to Springfield, Illinois. My parents were avid readers and they gave that love of books and reading to me and to all my brothers and sisters. I didn’t think about being a writer at all back then, but I did love to read. I'm certain there's a link between reading good books an ...more
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“Dave couldn't remember the last time a grownup had apologized to him.” 20 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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