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3.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 53.95 out of 5 3.95 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Clements Narrator: Keith Nobbs Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9780743566933
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"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 to keep quiet for a whole day. But what does Dave hear during lunch? A girl, Lynsey Burges, jabbering away. So Dave breaks his silence and lobs an insult. And those words spark a contest: Which team can say the fewest words during two whole days? And it's the boys against the girls.

How do the teachers react to the silence? What happens when the principal feels she's losing control? And will Dave and Lynsey plunge the whole school into chaos?

This funny and surprising audiobook is about language and thought, about words unspoken, words spoken in anger, and especially about the power of words spoken in kindness...with or without a bullhorn. It's Andrew Clements at his best -- thought-provoking, true-to-life, and very entertaining. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Andrew Clements set the standard for the school story in 1996 with his first novel, Frindle, which went on to sell more than two million copies…No Talking is Clements's best school story since.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Andrew Clements set the standard for the school story in 1996 with his first novel, Frindle, which went on to sell more than two million copies...No Talking is Clements's best school story since. The New York Times Book Review
  • Readers may be compelled to use their voice to praise Clements's deft handling of an interesting premise. Publishers Weekly
  • A vintage tale from the master of the theme-driven, feel-good school story. Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • “Readers may be compelled to use their voice to praise Clements's deft handling of an interesting premise.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • The plot quickly draws readers in and keeps them turning pages…This lively offering would make a great book-group selection or classroom discussion starter.” 

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A vintage tale from the master of the theme-driven, feel-good school story.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isabelle | 2/13/2014

    " This book is so funny!!!!!!!!! Only if we were that competive! well some are! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 2/10/2014

    " Good little book.... I suggest it to people that have some time they want to spend.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 2/8/2014

    " When I was younger, this was my favorite book. As a girl who can't shut up, I enjoyed reading about how they kept quiet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 1/19/2014

    " Read with Cayman - he did much of the reading - was a great concept - Kids go silent in school trying to be like Gandhi and it ends up in a contest between the Boys and Girls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leila Useini | 1/18/2014

    " i loved it.its a funny and awsome book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/17/2014

    " The kids in the 5th grade are known as the Unsushables. They never stop talking. So, a bet is made - boys vs. girls. No one could talk for 48 hours except to answer direct fquestions by adults using three words or less. Very entertaining "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Auralia | 1/14/2014

    " I love Andrew Clements books. This one was short and didn't have as much in it as some of his others but it was still wonderful. I loved that the kids changed the way they behaved. I really think that these types of books can actually inspire kids and help them to see that they do have some power over their lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 1/14/2014

    " Pretty cute book - totally pumped my 5th graders up into a "No Talking" contest between them... by all means... let them proceed :) I guess I'll take one for the team & let them go without talking for a day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julian | 1/10/2014

    " I really liked that in most of the book there was no talking between the charachters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 1/7/2014

    " Maybe 4 stars. I don't know. liked the ending. appreciate mild subversiveness. thought provoking. Might try it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 katsok | 12/22/2013

    " Fun book - loved the boys vs. girls aspect of the no talking pact. Will have to try and convince my class to try it out. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 luhvBOOKS ♫ I'm fighting for you ♫ ♪The battle is already won♪ | 11/26/2013

    " Very funny and fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 11/11/2013

    " an amazing contest great book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faith | 11/6/2013

    " I liked this book and wish i could do that for even an hour!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 11/6/2013

    " Another amusing book by Clements. I love the way it's written and how funny it is. Clements always manages to come up with the most interesting "projects" in a school setting. And in this case, it teaches a lesson, maybe a project we should all try. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aleesha Wilson | 10/8/2013

    " I read this book for a school assignment, and liked it at the time. This was years ago when I was in 5th grade. I wouldn't recommend it to older kids/adults. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 5/27/2013

    " Good for kids who enjoy Andrew Clements. 4th grade level. Kids take a vow of silence like Ghandi did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taffy | 12/7/2012

    " My children and I listened to this book in the car. It was time well spent! The 'unshushables' of the 5th grade have a contest between the boys and girls: no talking! It's hard and many lessons are learned by everyone involved including teachers, parents, students and principal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 11/1/2012

    " I loved it. There are some very funny parts that I enjoyed. This book is just amazing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 10/2/2012

    " This was *so* funny! Clements is kinda the Spinelli for the younger set, imo. It had insight, poignancy, that kind of thing - but mostly I just couldn't stop laughing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie Mohler | 8/22/2012

    " It was OK. Two 5th grades dare each other not to talk. It becomes a 5th grade class competition between the boys and girls. Lessons are learned, etc... Predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 8/14/2012

    " This is definitely intended for 5th-graders or so. For me it seemed like the author was talking down to the reader a little bit over explaining everything, but maybe to a 5th-grader, they would give it 5*. Pretty well executed idea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elena | 7/14/2012

    " A fun, light-weight read that looks at a few days in the life of a fifth grade class that has given up speaking to determine whether boys or girls talk more. Interesting to use for teaching dialogue, exploring other people's points of view, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 4/2/2012

    " My fifth grade teacher read this book to our class, and I loved it! It's about a boy and a girl, whose grade talks a lot, non-stop. They have a contest to see who can go the longest without talking "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mya | 12/29/2011

    " it was o-kay "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evelyn Repass | 10/30/2011

    " A group of 5th grade kids that make a pact not to talk. Instead they must write, nod, listen and use only three words to answer (teachers). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Estherlin | 6/24/2011

    " this book is really funny. i would not do that bet if i was them. Andrew (the author) made this book for you cant wait to see what is going to happen next. This is one of my favorite books of the whole seires. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 6/14/2011

    " Quick and easy. Most of the kids should be able to read this one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hanna | 6/14/2011

    " I thought it was really cool how they set up a no talking contest. It would be hard for me not to talk! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 6/13/2011

    " My forth grade teacher read this to us and we all loved it so much that we all tried doing it for ourselves. (If you have read it, you know what I mean) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaryn | 6/10/2011

    " This book is about a battle of BOYS and GIRLS. They cannot talk during the battle, if someone talked, their team will lose! What will happen? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooklynn | 6/8/2011

    " Wow I could never ever be silent in the lunch room!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexisr | 5/27/2011

    " thi book was very intresting and funny i couldnt stop reading it my fav part was when the teachers didnt know what was happening "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 5/12/2011

    " i really liked the book.Its about a boy and a girl having a contest and they get everybody in fifth grade to see who can talk the less. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carm | 5/7/2011

    " My 4th graders LOVE this book!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 5/3/2011

    " This book is good and I love the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 4/28/2011

    " I absolutely loved reading this book aloud to my 4th graders and they loved it, too! They even tried having their own no talking contest within their classroom. It was funny! "

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About the Author
Author Andrew Clements

Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously successful children’s novel Frindle. He has won two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award, and more than ten million of his books are in print. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, and others. Clements is a graduate of Northwestern and National Louis universities, and he currently lives in central Massachusetts with his wife.

About the Narrator

Keith Nobbs is a stage, television, and film actor who is best known for his portrayal of Joey Ice Cream in the television series The Black Donnellys. He has acted on Broadway with the Roundabout Theatre Company and appeared in such television shows as The Sopranos, Law & Order, and New York Undercover.