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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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This is a fun read. My favorite part about this book is that it advocates for taking the things one learns in a classroom and extending them out to make real change. This is the kind of thing that all teachers hope that their students would do. I also love that, even after Nick gets sick of all the attention his creation of "Friendle" gets him, he never loses who he is and he goes on to make even m/ore changes. I also really enjoyed that the illustrator of this book is Brian Selznick, the author and illustrator of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck. I do wish that there was a bit more dialogue throughout the book to add more depth to the characters, however, this is a fun read that encourages students to think outside the box. ( )
  alaina.loescher | Jul 25, 2015 |
3-5 grade, humor, great for teaching about the power of words and how one person's action can create change. ( )
  ElaineZhang | Jul 16, 2015 |
This book details the journey of a child to annoy his English teacher. He eventually gets the whole school to call pens 'frindles.' Eventually, the teacher sends the boy a copy of an encyclopedia that contains his word.

This was one of my favorite books as a child and it showed me that the teachers who are hardest on you are the ones who care about you the most.

1. Children can be asked to make up their own synonyms for different everyday words.
2. Children can be asked why such a thing could be considered chaos.
  vhein | Jul 16, 2015 |
Summary: This book is about a boy named Nick Allen. Who loves to be in the middle of everything. He creates a new name for a dull old pen. He calls the pen a frindle, and it soon becomes a popular name, and all the kids are using it.

My reaction: I thought this was a basic idea turned into a good book. I like when children come up with new inventions and their proud of it. I thought that frindle sweeping the nation was cool.

Classroom:
1.) Students come up with different names for objects around the classroom.
2.) The class learns a new language
  Shelbymac2 | Jul 15, 2015 |
Frindle is a fun novel that is creative and almost like a fable for the lesson it teachers. This book emphasizes the power that words have. The young boy Nick, change the name of a pen to the word “frindle.” It quickly catches on and all the students in school are using it. The characters in this story have the typical personalities that many young novels have. Nick is a young, rebellious boy that everyone thinks is “cool” for creating this new word. Mrs. Granger is a strict teacher that tries to crush the student’s dreams. These types of characters appeal to young readers for the dramatic controversy that occurs between them. In addition, I believe that the book pushes readers to realize how powerful young people can be and how strong words can be. Words are all around us. This book puts into perspective what type of words affect certain people. Overall, this novel is a great read and was engaging from start to finish. ( )
  kriley5 | May 10, 2015 |
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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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