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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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Frindle by Andrew Clements (1997)

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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 |
"Frindle", written by Andrew Clements is a very clever and silly book. This novel is about a young boy, Nick, who is deemed as a trouble maker at his school; him and his class decide to create their own word for pen and the school breaks into a frenzy about this new word. Clements perfectly brings you into the fun, silly atmosphere of Nick Allen through his writing. The headings of each chapter are in a kid-like font and the first sentence of each chapter starts with capital letters, which really captures your attention and brings you further into the story. I believe that the overall theme of this novel is that creativity is important and to not let others stop you from using your imagination. ( )
  bridgetmcnamara | May 4, 2015 |
this funny story of a boy who calls a pen a frindle is a great book for any kid! they will enjoy it and laugh. This book is great to read as a class.
  harleybrenton | Mar 12, 2015 |
Frindle by Andrew Clements is a book about determination, creativity, and innovation. Nicholas is a fifth grade boy with an incredibly stubborn, pretentious, and determined personality. Nicholas is always pushing the boundaries. One day in class, he tries to stall his teacher and distract her so that she doesn't give out homework at the end of the class. But Mrs. Granger is much to experienced and smart for that nonsense. She asks Nicholas to do some research on his questions he was asking to give him an "extra assignment" to show him who is boss. During his research, Nicholas finds that words come from us, humans, accepting words and creating them; this instilled an idea in his noggin. Nicholas then decided to call his pen "frindle". In the end, he got his entire school, state, and in the novel, world, to recognize pen as also being called a "frindle".
  KaylaAnn715 | Feb 24, 2015 |
This novel tells the story of a boy, Nick Allen, who makes a pact with his friends to change the word "pen" to "frindle" at his school. It catches on wildly, and lands Nick in a world he never expected. It is an amazing story that shows children that they are able to accomplish things they never imagined possible. ( )
  jlaurendine | Jan 30, 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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