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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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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 |
GREAT!!!
BOOK!!!! ( )
  Missmillypatching | Jun 12, 2014 |
I love Andrew Clements -- really, really love his books, and there are many! He is a former teacher who writes stand-alone "school stories" aimed at boys and girls in the 3rd-5th grade range, which I think is a tricky age to write for. They typically feature kids who take some sort of action at school, as a protest, or an experiment, or to cause mild trouble. It takes on a life of its own, confounding and frustrating the adults, and teaching the kids about social momentum and other lessons. They're never preachy, though, and the issues are complex and thought-provoking. I loved Frindle from the first moment to the slightly weepy last. 5th grader Nick is a master at asking the time-wasting question designed to get the teacher side-tracked so that homework will be forgotten. He meets his match in Mrs. Granger, the experienced, rigorous, exacting teacher who sends home a recommended dictionary list before the start of the year. His first attempt at a time-waster (why are words what they are -- who decides that d-o-g gets to mean dog? Answer: we do -- words are invented and developed and evolved and most importantly: used, and that's how they get to be words) backfires as Mrs. Granger assigns Nick an oral report on words and dictionaries. It does give Nick an idea, though: what if he made up a word and people started using it? What would happen? He decides that henceforth, a pen is now a "frindle." He recruits a few friends to start conspicuously using "frindle" and the word takes off, much to the annoyance of Mrs. Granger (it's not in the dictionary, and furthermore, "pen" is a perfectly good word that evolved from the Latin word meaning feather, or quill, which were the precursors of pens), and the rest of the school staff. The students aren't really doing anything wrong, but are choosing to disobey rules created to stop the use of the word. The ensuing kerfuffle attracts the attention of the local paper, a local entrepreneur, and eventually the national news. The resolution of this story is extremely satisfying.
  AMQS | May 24, 2014 |
Frindle by Andrew Clements. Illustrated by Brian Selznick. Published by Scholastic. Copyright 1996. pg. 105

Type of Book: Realistic Fiction

Summary: The fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Granger is strict and she loves the dictionary. Nick Allen is trying to trick Mrs. Granger on the first day of school so he has to prepare a report on the history of the dictionary. He researches and thinks what if he calls a ball point pen a frindle. The class loves the new word. So he gets the whole school to use the word frindle instead of pen. Mrs. Granger punishes the students for using the word. The word becomes popular and everyone across the world wants to use it. Then it becomes part of the dictionary, years later. Then Mrs. Granger has a special surprise for the all-grown-up Nick.

Response: This is a cute story. We read this in I think the fifth grade which would be a good age to read it to. I think that this book is good for kids to realize that they can be creative and come up with new ideas.
  singleton2012 | Apr 24, 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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