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No Talking

Narrated by: Keith Nobbs
Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (319 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What would happen if the noisiest, most talkative class of 5th graders in history dared each other not to talk for 48 hours? This is the premise Andrew Clements explores in one of his most compelling stories yet.
©2007 Andrew Clements. All rights reserved (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"Despite the rivalry that started the contest, the longstanding animosity between the boys and girls dissipates as the students bond over the experiment. Presuming the novel doesn't generate similar contests in real life, readers may be compelled to use their voices to praise Clement's deft handling of an interesting premise." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Utterly Delightful!

The family listened to this on a long drive. It was a wonderful story, well written, well narrated, and a total delight. Even the skeptical teens couldn't wait to turn it back on after stops.

This is a top choice in children's fiction.

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  • nevina
  • CT, United States
  • 09-10-08

Loved it!

Andrew Clements has done it again. We listened to this on car rides and I probably enjoyed it as much as the kids.

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  • Erik
  • Huntington Beach, CA, USA
  • 02-29-08

interesting

A very realistic, thought out book thats funny in some parts. Doesn't take long to listen to either.

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Clements did it again!

I bought one copy of the book for my bookshelf and had 124 Fifth graders fighting to check it out, so I decided to buy the Audible version and we listened to it while we did our work (and yes, they still were fighting to check out the book to my surprise!)

And of course, Clements story is wonderful.

This ended up being one of my best teaching tips for keeping a large class of rowdy kids quiet for a good length of time :-)

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 10-08-16

Delightful children's book, ages 8 to 12.

I purchased and listened to No Talking in 2009, but failed to rate or review it. I just finished listening to it again and it is wonderful. The subject of the book is 5th grade boys and girls having a two day contest to not talk at all except for a 3 word limit in response to teachers. It's girls against boys. It is an uplifting and endearing little story that is well worth the cost in money and time.

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A boys vs. girls contest leads to self-reflection

I actually enjoyed this story a lot. As a mother, I was listening to it as part of my daughter's 6th grade summer reading program. As a teacher it gave me pause at how much our own perspectives can change if we take the time to reflect on our words and actions.

A contest to see who talks more, boys or girls, leads two competitors from opposition into understanding. In the end, this battle of wills leads both students into discoveries about themselves (Lindsay decides actually DOES over talk), their peers (both boys and girls discover that they don't work together enough), and authority (when David discovers that adults can bully, too).

The author does get a little repetitive, which is why I gave it 4 stars. Although, I am sure it is more a matter of speaking like a 5th grader. The repetition, however, does not cut down on the overall value of the book.

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fun!

Fun and thought provoking. Every 4-6 grader should read. my 8 and 11 year old enjoyed it.

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really cute

great storytelling - enjoyed by both mom and 5th grader. made a ling drive enjoyable.

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10 out of 10 rating!

Perfect book for 4th or 5th graders. Thought-provoking, funny, realistic. Good for read-aloud classrooms. Perhaps exchange one word "shut up" (in book) for "be quiet" or explain reference as in when the book was written- that was an acceptable word at that publishing time. Highly recommend.

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LOVED listening to this with my daughter

Excellent story and great narration. This book is a great conversation starter for your family!