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This Newbery Honor Book by acclaimed author Avi is available again through Scholastic--in an After Words paperback edition!In this thought-provoking examination of freedom, patriotism, and respect, ninth-grader, Philip Malloy, is kept from joining the track team by his failing grades in English class. Convinced that the teacher just doesn't like him, Philip concocts a plan to get transferred out of her class. Breaking the school's policy of silence during the national anthem, he hums along, and ends up in a crisis at the center of the nation's attention.

Young Adult
January 1
Scholastic Inc.
Scholastic Inc.
Grades 6-9

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The idea of drama is to make the audience “feel” something. This book does an amazing job at that. Check it out for yourself and see if you like it.

Kay & Lay ,

Best book ever

So even tho I don’t agree with all of this I can say this much I think u shouldn’t send those awful and mean telegrams to Narwin because your just the one reading the newspaper and you don’t actually know what’s true and not true so u can’t just blame it on her and the students even tho they like Narwin as a teacher they shouldn’t be so mean to Phil and the people out their shouldn’t blame it on Narwin like she begged them not to suspend him so it wasn’t her fault it was no ones fault and personally the one who suspend Phil that man I don’t like him and Narwin begged them not to take him out of her English class too and then that coach I don’t like him either he got a petition in them kids head to apologize to Narwin and they don’t know what’s going on either like peoples get the freak out of it anit nun of y’all business forreal tho and they trying to get Narwin to resign like dude she been with y’all for 20 years and u want her to resign over this and budget and I’m feeling bad for her like I get it stand up for yourself and your rights oh and that vaterian that sent Narwin that mean mean letter u can go die in a hole for all I care I don’t if u did shed blood for this country but u should not speak to people so go crawl up in a hole and die now back to what I was saying and I seriously do get it u got to stand up for what u believe in and he did just that but my only thing is they could of handle this a lot better by not taking it out on Narwin and the stud rants not taking it out on Phil because as soon as this started they new what they were heading in to but in the end they couldn’t handle it and I think that in the near future Narwin and Phil should forget all about that and become friends or something oh and that letter talking about Narwin resigning matter of fact all them letters that was sent to Narwin all them people who sent them can go rot in hell and die into a million pieces and burn into ashes now Phil I get what u saying and Narwin I get what u saying that u only following proticall and Mr.lunser not trying to be in the front line of the newspaper cause I new that stuff when he said would u like to sing Phil and I think it ended not that well chapter nineteen could of been longer then 2 or 3 pages long and this story to me is talking about standing up for yourself but their s always to sides to one story and led let me tellll u something else y’all these reporters crazy I tell u crazy they making up all these different assumptions saying this and that saying that he got expelled and kicked out when all he got was suspended for 2 days and to me again people shouldn’t get in other people affairs this book got me all worked up let shutup cause I could go on to u for days about this book but just know one thing before I leave theirs always two or three or plenty of sizes to stories so u can judge them based on one side of a story this story got me all worked up but it explaines things that u should know now and forever u should really read this book cause u won’t regret it that’s all I’m saying it opens u up to this side of a world u knew existed but didn’t know that much about and that’s why I’m saying read this book everyone and that’s coming from me MarLaysia Noella Fleming from everywhere in my body soul and Heart

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Worst book ever don't read it

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