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Frindle by Andrew Clements
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Frindle (original 1996; edition 1998)

by Andrew Clements, Brian Selznick (Illustrator)

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When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.
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Title:Frindle
Authors:Andrew Clements
Other authors:Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
Info:Atheneum Books for Young Readers (1998), Edition: Repackage, Paperback, 112 pages
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Frindle by Andrew Clements (1996)

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Quick read but very cute story about teacher-student relationships, education, language, and the power of the media. As a word nerd, I enjoyed this one. I actually now want to read more of Clements' books.


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Personal Response: I love books about language and really enjoyed Frindle. Mrs. Granger is a great character, particularly as her true colors are revealed in the end. Nick’s creativity should be admired by anyone who reads this story.

Evaluation: Frindle’s greatest strength lies in the realistic portrayal of the fifth graders and how they respond to the adults in their lives. Their dialogue and attitudes are written in a convincing way that readers will not question. Though Clements mentions videocassette recorders and technology that might be dated, the theme transcends the setting by focusing on language and education. Selznick’s drawings and the chapter title font reflect the book’s perspective; the action is shown mainly from Nick’s point of view. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
Frindle depicts the story of Nick Allen who is determined to show his teacher that words come from everywhere. He is usually the class clown but is determined to prove this idea to his teacher. To do so, he tries to turn a regular pen into a frindle to prove his method to his teacher. This would be a good chapter book for upper elementary level readers. ( )
  HaileyDelisle | Nov 15, 2020 |
After learning interesting information about how to create words, Nick changes the word "pen" to "frindle" and this becomes something that is famous and everyone starts calling it that because of him.
  tabethadeines | Nov 13, 2020 |
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For Becky, Charles, George, Nate, and John - A.C.
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If you asked the kids and the teachers at Lincoln Elementary School to make three lists- all the really bad kids, all the really smart kids, and all the really good kids- Nick Allen would not be on any of them. Nick deserved a list of his own, and everyone knew it.
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So many things have gone out of date. But after all these years, words are still important. Words are still needed by everyone. Words are still used to think with, write with, to dream with, to hope and pray with. And that is why I love the dictionary. It endures. It works. And as you know, it also changes and grows.
"This is not an easy visit for me. We are having some trouble at school, and it appears Nick is in the middle of it."
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When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.

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Is Nick Allen a troublemaker?
He really just likes to liven things up at school—and he’s always had plenty of great ideas. When Nick learns some interesting information about how words are created, suddenly he’s got the inspiration for his best plan ever ... the frindle. Who says a pen has to be called a pen? Why not call it a frindle? Things begin innocently enough as Nick gets his friends to use the new word. Then other people in town start saying frindle. Soon the school is in an uproar, and Nick has become a local hero. His teacher wants Nick to put an end to all this nonsense, but the funny thing is frindle doesn’t belong to Nick anymore. The new word is spreading across the country, and there’s nothing Nick can do to stop it.

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