“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: No Talking. Written by Andrew Clements. Illustrated by Mark Elliott. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. c. 2009, 160pp.
Reading Level: 820L
Synopsis: The fifth grade boys at Laketon Elementary School challenge the fifth grade boys to a no talking contest. The teachers and staff at the school are unsure about how to handle it, but one teacher sees how the fifth graders experiment can teach them lessons about communication.
Rationale for Use: This text would be great to use as a read aloud to younger elementary students. Most students would not be able to read the text on their own, but it would be a great text for a teacher to model reading with expression. This text would also be a great choice for comparing and contrasting characters, as well as discussing characters over time.
Common Core Connection: RL1.9: Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.