In Avi's Nothing but the Truth, who does Phillip blame when he discovers he cannot try out for the school track team, and why does he blame him/her?

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In Nothing but the Truth, by Avi, a young man named Phillip receives a low grade in his English class because he has chosen not to study. He had been assigned the book, Call of the Wild but never gets around to reading it. Yet, Phillip thinks he can make a decent grade on the test by writing silly answers. When he fails the test, it causes his average to plummet, and therefore, due to the school's rules, he is not allowed to try out for the track team. For this, he blames his English teacher, Ms. Narwin. Phillip has decided Ms. Narwin just does not like him because earlier in the school year, she had sent him out of class for humming the "National Anthem" after asking him to stand in "respectful silence," and Phillip continued to be disruptive after that. He refuses to take responsibility for his actions, and causes a lot of grief for Ms. Narwin and for himself.

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