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Nothing But The Truth by Avi

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Vicki Do

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Transcript of Nothing But The Truth by Avi

The novel should arrange no apprehension, awareness, or understanding questions on the junior high school reading and interpreting stage. Nevertheless, the narrative approach desires young readers to anticipate seriously and create deductions, conjectures, and assumptions concerning the analogous truth of every written script, as well as to spawn relevant attachments among documents. Because of the story's uncommon form, the author expects the readers to comb for the startling truth beyond the storyteller's assistance.
Nothing but the truth by Avi
No doubt, this is absolutely a documentary. Avi uses his unbelievable writing skills to format this amazing novel. The author pursued the replica of "living newspaper" - at the time of the 1930s, this method of theater was advanced and evolved to exaggerate public problems in an unconventional way form, using conversations, discussions, and discourse.
Nothing But The Truth
is a documentary-style book that expresses the simple, and difficult ways of truth and focuses on such controversies as connections among teachers, schools, and students; and exploitation of strong emotions issues of the media and politicians.
Book Reviews
"The story of Philip Malloy shouts to shared." -The New York Times

"Entertaining and profound." -Publishers Weekly

"An excellent and thought-provoking novel." -VOYA

"Riveting entertainment." -ALA Booklist (starred review)
Preview of Nothing But The Truth
"Harrison. While it may appear to be an April Fools' Joke, tenth grader Philip Malloy of Harrison High School was suspended for singing "The Star-Spangled Banner."
His parents, Susan and Benjamin Malloy of Harrison Township, do not consider themselves super-patriots, but they did raise their son to have pride in our country. It was only natural them for Philip to sing along when the national anthem was played on tape during morning exercises. According to Harrison School superintendent Dr. A. Seymour, there is no rule against singing the national anthem. Indeed, in every other class Philip did just that. His new homeroom teacher, Ms. Margaret Narwin, however, changed the rules. Every time Philip lifted his voice to sing she threw him out of class, insisting a disturbance was being created."
Philip Malloy
Philip is a usual male student who is just starting his first year of high school (9th grade). He is the Junior High track star, and is imaginative for his age, but for most of the time, lacks in English. Occasionally, he uses his charisma and charm on girls, friends, and even teachers, rather than using his bright, astute intellect. Every now and then, Philip is strongly focused on what's important to him, but Miss Narwin, on the other hand, sees him as a lazy student who requires more schoolwork. He and his father, Benjamin Malloy, both have dream to run in the Olympics, but Mr. Malloy's goal was shattered when he had to drop out of college after his father died. Mr. Malloy sees a future for Philip as a track runner and sees a real shot for him at making the Olympic team after college. Although Philip has many "physical" talents, he is rather a childish, inexperienced teenager, and often never recognizes that he could possibly hurt other people.
Margaret Narwin
- Unlike Philip Malloy, Miss Narwin is a kind-hearted, likable person who is adored by various teachers and all her students, only except Philip. Miss Narwin has been teaching at the Harrison School District for over ten years, and is a respected English teacher. Once Philip is switched into her homeroom, problems begin to stir for both of them. He eventually gets suspended for creating a disturbance in her classroom, and the issue is spread throughout the nation. In the end, she finally resigns from her job because of Philip's numerous lies and untruthfulness. Sooner or later, Miss Narwin is compelled to take a break from the Harrsion School District where she ultimately resigns.
Minor Characters
Dr. Joseph Palleni - assistant principal at Harrison High.

Bernard Lusner - Philip's original homeroom teacher; mocks his superiors and encourages irrelevant behavior.

Allison Doresett - a ninth grader who has a crush on Philip and does her best to impress him.

Dr. Gertrude Doane - principal of Harrison High.

Dr. Albert Seymour - superintendent of schools in Harrison, New Hampshire.

Coach Jamison - Philip's track coach.
Minor Characters Cont.
Susan Malloy - Philip's mother; afraid of his well-being and his future. She has a big understanding of the situation.

Benjamin Malloy - Philip's father; a worrisome businessman who had a crushed dream of running for the Olympics, but has given a second chance because of Philip.

Ted Griffen - neighbor of the Malloys who eventually runs for the school board.

Jennifer Stewart - education reporter for the Manchester Record.

Jake Barlow - radio talk show host who talks about Philip's patriotism complication.
Nearly all of the events take place in the town of Harrison, New Hampshire, at Harrison High, a regular ordinary American school. Philip discovers that it is very simple to get good grades on every subject, only when Miss Narwin in not in the way. Not only does he face problems in school, but at home, too, where he also tells him biggest lies to both his mother and father.
The novel circles around the extraneous disagreement between existence and presentation, and between truth and arrogance. The story line is decided in gesture as a rather poor conflict amid Philip Malloy and Margaret Narwin, roars out of discipline. New problems rapidly flicker up among Philip's proponents of "patriotism" and school administrators; the domestic conflict within Philip, seized amidst the urban appearance contrived on him and his particular wishes; the internal conflict with Margaret Narwin, captured between her affection of teaching English and the emerging blaze of deception.
The evident legitimacy relating to the "humming" circumstance is never acknowledge. The two prime characters of the novel are forced towards regrettable positions by indiscreet, unemotional people (possibly including themselves) and by affairs that spiral swiftly out of control to the point where it cannot be stopped. No longer pleasant staying at Harrison High, Philip transfers miserably to a private school, and Margaret resigns from her position after her long years of teaching.
The truth is generally too problematic to affix down in a specific remark; folks often avoid the real truth and sincere play when their own prosperity is endangered; behavior is inspired and propelled by many elements, a few, senseless.
The climax of this novel materializes as both Philip Malloy and Miss Narwin are confronted with the decision of coming back to Harrison High. Miss Narwin is asked to take a "short break", but she sees past the circumlocution to comprehend that they are really requesting her to leave. Philip, in addition, after being ridiculed by the other students who demand to be clustering a "pro-Narwin, anti-Philip" plead, confesses to his parent that he will not return to Harrison High School.
Patriotism or Practical Joke?
Philip's Diary Entries
"Winter term exams next week. Hate them. Studying is so boring! I read the biology book for about twenty minutes. Then I realized I wasn't reading." (pg. 9)

"I just realized two things that make me want to puke. Track practice starts tomorrow and I'm not on the team. Also, I start homeroom with Narwin!!! Can't stand even looking at her. I have to find a way to get transferred out." (pg. 38)

"Today was rotten. Nothing was right. I felt like punching Narwin in the face. It all just stinks." (pg. 55)

"Lots of kids bad-mouth their parents, say they never stick up for them or understand them. Or pay any attention to them. Stuff like that. My parents are different. I'm lucky..." (pg. 70)

"It really hit the fan today. So much happened I have a headache. It's going to take a while to think out. Actually, I don't feel so great. In a way, the whole thing is stupid. But everybody says I was right. And I was." (pg.103)

"Aside from getting out of Narwin's homeroom - still not out of her English - not much of anything today." (pg. 116)

"Folks excited - mostly Dad - by a newspaper story about what happened in school. Wonder what will happen now. Dad keeps telling me how great I am. Maybe they'll kick Miss Narwin out." (pg. 126)
"This highly original novel emerges as a witty
satire of high school politics. It is clear that Avi is attuned to the modern high school scene. With remarkable insight, he conveys the flaws of the system while creating a story that is both entertaining and profound. "

-Publishers Weekly
"A powerful, explosive novel that involves the reader from start to finish."

-The Horn Book (starred review)
"An excellent and thought-provoking novel written by a well-known and respected author. It will make readers think about what they read in the papers, see on TV, and hear on the radio."


"Avi's imaginative and innovative style and his focus on substantive issues have earned critical acclaim and, more important, found an ethusiastic readership among children and adolescents."

-The New York Times
Margaret Narwin's Letters
"Yes, Anita, I suppose that after doing anything for twenty-one years a body does get a little tired. And I have been teaching English at Harrison High for just that long." (pg. 4 and 5)

"...Anita, the truth is I'm hurt. Never in all the years I've been at Harrison High have I asked for anything in the way of extra funds." (pg. 36)

"Thank you for passing on the kind words of Mr. Chevers. Of course I remember him..." (pg. 55)

"Many teachers have almost nothing good to say about their administrators, complaining that they fail to support them, much less grasp the complexities of the classroom situation, or they show only slight concern about their problems. My principal is different. I'm lucky..." (pg. 70)

"Oh, yes, do you remember my writing to you about a student I have, Philip Malloy? I'm convinced now that there is something going on in this boy's private life that is deeply troubling him. (pg. 94)
Exclusive Outlines and Deliberations
Two Questions:
Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?

Did anyone say no?
Presentation was made by Vicki Do.
Five Things You Want To Know About Philip Malloy
1.) Harrison High's best track runner.

2.) You can't say he's NOT a troubled kid.

3.) Loves humming/singing to the National Anthem, even if he doesn't know the words.


5.) AND ENGLISH TEACHERS!!! (Miss Narwin is one of them.)
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