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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 therealproblem 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? Agirl,Lynsey Burgess, jabbering away. So Dave breaks his silence and lobs an insult. Andthosewords spark a contest: Which team can saythe fewest wordsduring 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 book 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.
Andrew Clements taught in the public schools outside Chicago for seven years. He is the author of Frindle, the Christopher Award—winning bestseller that has also won close to twenty kid–voted state awards, as well as The Janitor’s Boy, The School Story, Room One, and the New York Times bestsellers The Landry News and Lunch Money. He lives in Westborough, Massachusetts, with his wife and four children.
Mark Elliott has illustrated many picture books and novels for young readers, including Lost and Found by Andrew Clements and Dexter the Tough by Margaret Peterson Haddix. He lives in New York’s Hudson River Valley.