No Talking

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No Talking
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Author Andrew Clements
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's literature
Publisher Simon & Schuster[1]
Publication date
June 26, 2007[2]
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 160[2]
ISBN 978-1-4169-0983-5
OCLC 76261556
LC Class PZ7.C59118 No 2007

No Talking is a 2007 children's novel written by Andrew Clements.

It is about the noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School who challenge the equally loud fifth-grade girls to a "no talking" contest. This competition turns out to be really hard. Main themes are related to Gandhi's practice of maintaining silence one day a week, accommodations made in school for an especially loud and talkative fifth-grade group of students, gender dynamics (in elementary school), and the civil disobedience those students find themselves practicing when their "right to remain silent" is questioned by the school's teachers. The contest goes on and on until they meet on decision.

The Principal thought she was dreaming when she saw that the fifth grade hall was so silent at lunch. Later, she joined in the competition.

Lynsey and Dave are the team captains, Lynsey for the girls and Dave for the boys. Both teams have agreed that when teachers ask them a question, they are only allowed to say three words. Both teams have noticed a lot of ways to make noises without saying a word.

The book won the 2010 California Young Reader Medal.[3]


  1. ^ "No Talking". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "No Talking". Amazon. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "California Young Reader Medal Nominees and Winners List". CYRM (at Retrieved 2015-05-18.