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No Talking by Andrew Clements
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Feb 26, 2010

really liked it
Read in February, 2010

Having learned how Mahatma Gandhi was able to go one day a week without speaking, fifth grader, David Packer puts his self control to the test. He intends to see if he can withhold from speaking for a whole day, and this is difficult, particularly considering that he is part of a class the teachers have dubbed “the unsushables” on account of their relentless bickering and talking.
His insult to Lynsey Burgess, in the school cafeteria, sets the table for a boys-against-girls competition of silence. For two days the students say no more than three consecutive words at a time, tallying the infractions. Clements builds the story by including the reactions of the teachers and principal to this new behavior and analyzing the difficulty in not just keeping silent, but in reacting to an unnatural and unexpected change in student behavior. On second thought, maybe I’ll upgrade this to 4 stars.

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