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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

One could argue that the book's abiding theme is the power of lies. We like to think that the truth is more powerful than its opposite, and yet, as the story ably demonstrates, the reverse is quite...

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

Avi's YA novel Nothing But the Truth focuses on the consequences that unfurl after ninth grader Philip Malloy lies to his father by telling him that he was suspended from school for singing the...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2018, 12:14 am (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

In Avi's documentary novel Nothing But the Truth, ninth-grader Phillip Malloy dreams of becoming a professional runner and competing in the Olympics. What seems to stand in his way is his English...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2017, 9:02 pm (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

In Nothing But the Truth by Avi, Mr. Lunser and Ms. Narwin have very different personalities. Mr. Lunser is a joker. When Philip is in his homeroom, Mr. Lunser makes sarcastic remarks about...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2015, 3:10 am (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

Verbal irony is the use of language in a manner that is meant to signify, usually for emphasis, the opposite of what is literally said. Dramatic irony occurs in literature when the true...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2018, 2:32 am (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

Physically, Phillip Malloy is described as being "a nice-looking boy" by Margaret Narwin. Aside from that, little detail is given about his physical appearance. It is known that he is a star...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2010, 1:03 pm (UTC)

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When reporter Jennifer Stewart calls Superintendant Albert Seymour to find out about the rule forbidding the singing of the national anthem, he tells her unequivocably that the Harrison School...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2010, 4:14 pm (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

In the novel, Philip Malloy is angry because his English teacher, Miss Margaret Narwin, gives him a D, which means he can't be on the track team. He acts out in her homeroom, humming the national...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2017, 12:04 pm (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

Book pages differ from edition to edition of any given book, and although there are no journals or letters on page 70 of my particular copy to Nothing but the Truth, I am assuming you are referring...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2010, 3:57 pm (UTC)

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In her letter to her sister Anita, Miss Narwin mentions Philip Molloy and his disruptive behavior in class. She starts by saying that she's convinced that there's something in his private life...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2019, 6:16 am (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

I would argue that the largest lesson that can be learned from Avi's Nothing But the Truth is a moral one: that of the importance of telling, as the title suggests, the absolute and most complete...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2018, 3:06 am (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

Point of view refers to who is telling a story in a narrative or through what speaker's eyes a reader views a piece of writing. Change in point of view results in change of tone and change of...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2015, 10:20 pm (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

The “truth” about the clash between Phillip Malloy and Ms. Narwin in Avi’s novel, Nothing But The Truth depends upon what perspective from which you view it but a significant factor is attitude....

Latest answer posted January 8, 2010, 12:11 am (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

When Philip receives a letter telling him that his homeroom has changed in Nothing But the Truth, his parents take it as proof that Miss Narwin does not like him. Earlier, Philip told his parents...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2016, 11:34 pm (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

When looking at ironies in Avi's Nothing but the Truth, one of the first areas to look would be the title itself. The idea of "nothing but the truth" is one of the basic elements of American...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2015, 12:46 am (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

When referencing literature, the climax is "the point of highest dramatic tension or a major turning point in the action." The climax of Avi's Nothing but the Truth occurs when both Phillip and...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2018, 7:18 pm (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

Philip mentions in his journal that Miss Narwin, an older woman who is both his English teacher and homeroom teacher, is "uptight," and he needs to "figure a way to run pass her," meaning, since he...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2017, 11:28 am (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

In Avi's Nothing But the Truth, question number four on Philip's Winter Term English exam for Margaret Narwin's class is: What is the significance of Jack London's choice in making Buck, the dog...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2016, 8:51 pm (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

Chapter 16 recounts the events of the day Philip returns to school in chronological order, through the use of memos, letters, and conversations. The Chapter opens with copies of condemnatory...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2010, 2:40 pm (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

In Nothing But the Truth by Avi, the conflict is resolved in a most unsatisfactory way. Each person involved has told a different "truth," and particularly because of Philip's telling, just about...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2016, 7:58 pm (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

It's clear from the get-go that Philip doesn't have much time for Miss Narwin. Everything about her gets on his nerves, from her forbidding demeanor to the "boring" books she insists on teaching....

Latest answer posted January 17, 2019, 12:19 pm (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

Did Miss Narwin cause Phillip's suspension? That is the main question of this chapter. It all starts with Jennifer Stewart's story about the incident. The associated Wire service read her story and...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2009, 3:44 pm (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

Philip describes Miss Narwin as uptight and strict. In an entry dated Tuesday, March 13 at 10:35 p.m., Philip says that Miss Narwin is so uptight that she seems like she was pieced together with...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2019, 3:49 pm (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

In Nothing But the Truth by Avi, Philip's parents are misguided because they never really seek out the truth. They believe what Phil tells them--that his teacher, Miss Narwin, is out to get him and...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2016, 1:25 am (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

In the novel Nothing But the Truth, Philip Malloy, the main character, has parents who often argue with each other. Avi, the author of this documentary novel, never includes a long argument between...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2020, 8:48 pm (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel (by award-winning young adult novelist Edward Irving Wortis, using the pen name "Avi") tells the story of a boy's suspension from the fictional Harrison...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2018, 8:09 pm (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

The great thing about Nothing But the Truth is all the different points of view you are given. The author uses Philip's journals as well as how others react to him to give the reader an idea of who...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2009, 9:20 am (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

In the article published on April 1st, Jennifer Stewart makes multiple misleading statements, many of which could negatively impact the upcoming school board election and budget approval....

Latest answer posted November 16, 2015, 5:02 pm (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

In Nothing But the Truth, Phillip Malloy remains a static character for much of the story, stuck in a state of youthful rebellion while a firestorm of controversy rages around him. Though he is the...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2018, 11:16 am (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

Philip first stated to his father that he was suspended from school for "singing" the national anthem. He never corrects the fact that he was humming the melody purposely after being asked numerous...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2019, 7:04 pm (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

Avi's novel for Young Adults is indeed structured differently from most novels. It is partially written in what is called "epistolary style," that is, through letters both to and from the novel's...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2014, 6:21 pm (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

The resolution of Avi's Nothing But the Truth comes as the readers find out which path each of the main characters will take. For Miss Narwin, her path is one of suspension, of not being able to...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2018, 7:52 pm (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

This is a tough one but I would say the climax of the story is the point where Philip breaks into tears because he can not sing the National Anthem and confesses he does not know it. At that point...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2009, 12:06 pm (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

If I were Miss Narwin's student in Nothing But the Truth by Avi, and Mrs. Malloy told my mother Miss Narwin was the worst teacher in the school, I would hope I would tell the truth. It is quite...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2016, 10:54 pm (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

In Avi's Nothing But the Truth, the first time Allison Doresett sits with Philip on the bus, he has just found out that he cannot be on the track team unless he can get his grade changed in...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2016, 4:57 pm (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

In Nothing But the Truth by Avi, Philip Malloy's English teacher Miss Narwin gives him some advice when she grades his test over The Call of the Wild by Jack London. Phillip has not even finished...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2016, 6:49 am (UTC)

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Generally speaking, the reaction of the other students upon Philip's return is not favorable. Ken Barchet, a friend with whom Philip rides on the bus, is decent to him, but tells him he can't run...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2010, 2:21 pm (UTC)

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In Avi's YA novel Nothing but the Truth, Philip Malloy is a high school student who aspires to join to track team. However, he is thwarted from doing so after he gets a "D" in the English class...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2020, 8:17 am (UTC)

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In Nothing but the Truth, the news article about Philip Molloy's suspension is distributed by the American Affiliated Press Wire Service, which means that it is available to the entire country, if...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2010, 12:51 pm (UTC)

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Unfortunately, Dr. Seymour finds an application for a grant that Miss Narwin had written, requesting that the school pay for her to take a summer staff development course. In the grant, she makes...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2013, 2:47 pm (UTC)

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Though Philip has a lot of talent and athletic ability for track, he is not allowed to even try out for the team because his grades are not good enough. The school rules say that an athlete must...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2016, 1:44 am (UTC)

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Phillip Malloy is pretty much a nightmare student for any teacher. Constitutionally lazy and forever goofing-off in class, he's virtually unteachable. It's not so much that he's lacking in...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2018, 11:43 am (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

In Nothing But the Truth by Avi, Dr. Palleni sees Phil in his office because Philip has disrupted Ms. Narwin's class with his humming during the "National Anthem." When Dr. Palleni says, "We're...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2015, 8:58 pm (UTC)

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Ted Griffen, Philip's neighbor, is running for the school board. Mr. Molloy brings Philip to see him as he's unhappy about what he sees as the unfair treatment dished out to his son at school. Ever...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2020, 7:52 am (UTC)

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Jennifer Stewart, the reporter, questions Dr. Seymour and Dr. Doane about the school district's policy on students singing the national anthem. She also calls Dr. Palleni and Miss Narwin. Philip...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2012, 2:25 am (UTC)

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Miss Narwin writes to Dr. Doane, Principal of Harrison High School, enclosing her application to the State Education Office for a summer grant-in-aid. She is hoping to attend a summer program at...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2020, 10:51 am (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

In Nothing But the Truth by Avi, Jennifer Stewart's article on April 1 is inaccurate because she did not get all the facts. First of all, Philip was not suspended for singing "The Star Spangled...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2015, 12:30 am (UTC)

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In Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel by Avi, Dr. Palleni, the principal of Harrison High School, suspends Philip for two days. The conversation about the suspension starts on page 75. I...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2018, 12:20 pm (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

The mood of Nothing But the Truth is constantly shifting—perhaps because the voices, points of focus, and character perspectives of this drama are also constantly shifting. When we first meet...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2018, 2:13 am (UTC)

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

In Nothing But the Truth by Avi, Philip writes in his diary that Ms. Narwin wants him to "put down the things she thinks" in class. He is upset and angry that he received a low grade on his Call of...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2015, 9:31 pm (UTC)

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