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Frindle (original 1997; edition 1998)

by Andrew Clements, Brian Selznick (Illustrator)

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Title:Frindle
Authors:Andrew Clements
Other authors:Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
Info:Atheneum Books for Young Readers (1998), Paperback, 112 pages
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Tags:Realistic Novel

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Frindle by Andrew Clements (1997)

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In my opinion, “Frindle” is an inspirational chapter book for children. The book is very interesting to read because it gives power to a young boy. This happens when he decides to invent his own word, “frindle,” as a synonym for “pen.” Nick’s teacher, principal, and school try to get him to stop using the word. However, it is soon out of the boy’s control as other people start to use the word. The word begins to be used by business owners and other people in his community. The writing throughout this book is very descriptive. For example, the writing is very descriptive when it explains how Mrs. Granger makes all the children stay after school for saying the word “frindle.” This causes a problem as bus drivers have to stay after school and work overtime. The principal becomes mad, and the parents begin to whine. Everyone in the community starts to use the word. This story broadens students’ perspectives in regards to how children can make a difference in the world. This story shows children that they can create something big. Towards the end of “Frindle,” Nick’s word becomes nationally recognized, and it gets put into the dictionary. His teacher confesses that she acted like she did not like the word so that it would become famous. Nick sends her a golden pen with her name on it. On the pen, it says that she can call it whatever she likes. The big idea is to teach children that they do have power and can create something big. ( )
  sstelz2 | Dec 4, 2014 |
At first, this book was really hard to continue reading, however as i continued the middle of the book got my attention much more with juicy details, and the ending was really happy. This story may be a bad influence on some students since the main character, nick, likes to annoy his teacher through out the day. However, this story can be inspirational for children who like to make up new words or items. Nick changes the name of the pen to frindle. Frindle becomes nationally known and shows how adaptable the English language is. The story is both funny and heartwarming and I would give it a 3.5/5.
  lfasce1 | Dec 2, 2014 |
(4.8)
  mshampson | Oct 23, 2014 |
Summary
This book is about a boy named Nike. Nick is a student who is always trying to get a rise out of his teacher Mrs. Granger. Mrs. Grander loved the dictionary so when Nick got in trouble his punishment was to write a report over the dictionary. This made Nick very interested in words and he wanted to make his own. He came up with another name for the word pen, Frindle. This new word became very popular throughout the school and eventually expanded outside of the school. Despite the attempts to stop the word from being used by Mrs. Granger and the rest of the school staff the word eventually became so popular it was added to the dictionary.
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I think this is a really cute and fun book. One of my grade school teachers read this to us in class. I still remember it very well because I enjoyed it so much.
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I think this book shows leader qualities.
It shows determination and that you can achieve so much when you put you mind to it.
  christa15 | Jul 15, 2014 |
5.4/ 2 points
  sarahncr | Jul 4, 2014 |
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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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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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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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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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