by Andrew Clements
Accelerated Reader: Level: 5.0. Pts. 4.
Number of Multiple Choice Questions on Quiz: 10.
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Dave Packer's fifth-grade classmates are so boisterous and difficult to quiet down
that the teachers have dubbed them "The Unshushables."
Dave has just read about
Mahatma Gandhi and learned that the man practiced silence one day a week to bring order to his
mind. Though Dave likes to talk nonstop, he's determined to give the idea a try.
An encounter with Lynsey, another chatterbox, sparks the boys and girls into
challenging each other to a no-talking contest for 48 hours. They can
answer direct questions from adults with three-word sentences but must
otherwise remain silent.
The teachers are bewildered at the extreme
change in the kids until several of them figure out what's going on.
Principal Hiatt demands that the quiet students return to their normal
behavior. When the children continue with their silent ways, Dave finds himself at
the center of the controversy.
This is an interesting and thought-provoking book,
similar to Clements's Frindle. The plot quickly draws readers in and keeps them
turning pages. The author includes the viewpoints of both the students and the
teachers, and the black-and-white pencil drawings add immediacy to the story. This
lively offering would make a great book-group selection or classroom discussion