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No Talking

by Andrew Clements
146 pages, Contemporary
Reviewed by Knight of Narnia

Good school story with very little questionable content.

Plot

A class of fifth graders is known around the school as "The Unshushables," since no teacher can get them quiet. One day, however, a challenge sprouts in the lunch room: who can talk less, the girls or the boys? Dave and Lynsey are the normally-loud-mouthed ringleaders. Some teachers play along, while others are now trying to get them to stop talking.

Morality

The challenge uses the honor system, and it is mentioned that maybe a few people cheated. The class in general occasionally disobeys teachers. Other than that, pretty good.

Spiritual Content

None.

Violence

None.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None.

Sexual Content

Once, a girl gets a boy to talk by kissing him. This is only for the game, however. A few fifth grade type behavior, such as the opposite gender having "cooties" are mentioned.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

"Stupid" and the like. Some name calling, as well as insults such as "immature" and "gross" and "annoying."

Conclusion

Andrew Clements strikes again with another great school story for elementary schoolers. His style of writing is perfectly suited for the target age group, and the plot is well-timed and well-thought-out.

Fun Score: 4
Values Score: 4.5
Written for Age: 8-10

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