On the first Thursday in August, the Odyssey kids met with school board members and a journalist for the Venice Gondolier to discuss the Newbery Award winning, documentary novel, Nothing But the Truth, by Avi. (Click on the book to link to Avi’s website.)
This novel follows a very realistic chain of events as 9th grade student Philip Malloy is suspended from school, purportedly for singing the National Anthem. Soon, the school board and the national media become embroiled in the emotional issues of patriotism and American values. Tied up in this incident are the reputation of an English teacher, a political election, and the school budget. Do you believe everything you read and hear in the news? Can students be suspended for singing The Star Spangled Banner? What really happened that day in Miss Narwin’s homeroom period? Read the book to find out.