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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.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,, 1996.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780689806698
Branch Call Number: Cle
Characteristics: 105 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Selznick, Brian - Illustrator


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Apr 08, 2021

I read this book out loud in a book club setting to two small groups of second graders.

On the back of the book, above the description, it says "Is Nick Allen a troublemaker?". Every time we sat down to read together, I would ask my students this question. It was fun to see their answers change over the course of the book and hear their explanations of why.

This book was popular when I was in elementary school, but I had never read it until I chose it as our small group read-aloud. I was worried that students wouldn't enjoy it because it takes place firmly in the era in which it was written. Nick looks things up in the encyclopedia, there are no cell phones, and the internet is only ever mentioned in passing. But I was pleasantly surprised by how much students enjoyed the story!

Their favorite part was analyzing the "word war" between Nick and his 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Granger. There is a reveal at the end that she knew all along that she was sort of acting as a villain without really any malicious intent, and my students LOST IT at that part. There were gasps, cries of disbelief, and we had to pause our reading to talk about what we had learned and process it before we could keep going.

Other things we discussed included: where do words come from, fads, going viral, encyclopedias, reputations, monopolies, is Mrs. Granger a mean/bad teacher, and the relationship between Mrs. Granger and Nick.

Mar 05, 2021

Frindle is an amazing book! It has such a unique, and fun story line. The concept of this story is very interesting, and I have never read anything like it. It is about a boy who wants to show that words can come from anywhere, and starts calling his pen a “frindle”. He especially wants to prove to his teacher that he can make frindle a word, and is very determined. The story had many ups, and downs, and ends on a very positive note! My favorite part was at the very end during a conversation between the teacher, and the boy. I recommend this age 7+. If you enjoy this read more books by Andrew Clements, because they are all very entertaining!

Jul 16, 2020

Nick Allen is a witty class clown whose new English teacher, Mrs. Granger, is absolutely unbearable. In her class, Nick realises that people decide what words mean so to annoy Mrs. Granger he makes his own word, “frindle”, meaning pen. Little does he know how much of an impact his word is going to make.

Frindle is a book that is thought-provoking and entertaining. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good read.

May 24, 2019

This is one kid's novel that everyone can enjoy. I consider it a MUST read book for it's cleverness and the power of it's characters. It's fun, educational and empowering.
First published in 1986, before the concept of going viral on the internet became a thing, we actually see a fabricated word- "Frindle" going virual- slowly but surely.
Frindle even has a satisfying plot twist. It's by far my favorite Andrew Clements book.

Oct 24, 2018

I like it. It's a really awesome and funny read.

Dec 22, 2017

I like it better if you read it not listen

Nadine_OPL Dec 04, 2017

While I adore pretty much everyone of Andrew Clements' books, "Frindle" is my absolute favourite. Excellent story!

Dec 03, 2017

Awesome funny book with an amazing ending that made me want to cry! Totally recommend it!

Sep 05, 2017

This is a very good book! I love it and it was really funny. I would recommend young readers from grades 8 and under to have a read of this miraculous book. It was very inspiring and I felt amazed at how Nick Allen created his own word. Not only that, but it was even prohibited in the dictionary as well. Later on, he became rich and was known worldwide. It was interesting as well how he tried to avert the classroom homework from Ms. Granger, but she fought back as well to try to punish him.
- @redninam of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Nick Allen was my favourite character as a kid, because what fifth grader doesn’t love to read about troublemakers? Clements brings that rare infusion of meaningful lessons and loads of fun in this novel. With his sixth sense for homework, Nick always manages to create a diversion or distraction to ensure he doesn’t have to do the work… until he meets a dictionary-loving teacher who plows right over his abilities. Typical Nick takes the matter into his own hands by changing the dictionary word of ‘pen’ to ‘frindle’, and becomes a sensation. Now that I think back to it, it was rather unrealistic, but it is loads of suspense packed fun that will delight the younger audience!
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

vpl_childrens May 02, 2017

Interest level: ages 8-12. When 10-year-old Nick invents a new word for “pen” and convinces his whole school to use it, his teacher is not pleased. This imaginative and thought-provoking tale, the first of several engaging school stories by Clements, is a great class read-aloud.

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Jun 14, 2014

He really just likes to liven things up at school and he's always has plenty of great idea's .Like who saies pen has to be called pen why not call it a frindle

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 05, 2012

At the start of fifth grade, Nicholas "Nick" Allen is unhappy because his English teacher is the much-disliked Mrs. Granger. One day, to stall for time in class, Nick decides to question where each word comes from. After hearing Mrs. Granger's explanation, and having to write an essay about it for homework, he creates a new name for the pen: "frindle".
Soon, every child in school is using the word, and it gains national attention. Mrs. Granger dislikes this new word because she thinks it is not respectful to the word pen, which has a long history. She makes children stay after school and write lines for saying the word "frindle", but this proves to be a problem, as almost every pupil has to stay after school. Parents complain, and the bus drivers that have to work overtime are also unhappy.
The principal decides to visit Nick's house to end the use of the word, but the situation is out of Nick's hands now, and the word's usage cannot be controlled.
The epilogue shows Nick as an adult in his own house. He becomes very rich from the fund of his dad's longtime friend, and Mrs. Granger sends him a new copy of the Dictionary, recently updated to include new words, including "Frindle".

MissJen Feb 16, 2011

Nick is not a good kid or a bad kid or a really smart kid; Nick is an idea kid. He's also the best class interrupter in the whole school - until he gets to Mrs. Granger's 5th-grade language arts class. A simple question about the dictionaries that Mrs. Granger loves - meant to distract her from giving the night's homework - leads to an oral report by Nick on the history of the dictionary and how words are created. What at first seems like Nick's defeat soon leads to his best idea ever: He will create a word. Which is how Nick and his friends start calling their pens "frindles." Mrs. Granger refuses to accept the new word for pen, which has been quickly adopted by the entire 5th-grade class, fighting against the 5th graders every step of the way. Once the whole school gets involved though, Nick begins to realize that while he started the "frindle" movement, it's now far beyond his control.

lms Apr 24, 2008

"Ten-year-old Nick Allen has a reputation of devising clever, time wasting schemes guaranteed to distract even the most conscientious teacher diversions backfire in Mrs. Granger's fifth grade class, however, resulting in Nick being assigned a report on how new entries are added to the dictionary. Surprisingly, the research provides Nick with the best idea ever, and he decides to coin his own new word. Mrs. Granger has a passion for vocabulary and Nick's ( and soon the rest of the school's ) insistence on referring to pens as "frindles" annoys her." ( Novelist review)


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