Frindle

Frindle

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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 ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, 1998, c1996.
Edition: 1st Aladdin Paperbacks ed. --
ISBN: 9780689818769
0689818769
Branch Call Number: J FIC Cleme
Characteristics: 105 p. : ill.
Additional Contributors: Selznick, Brian

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Nadine_OPL Dec 04, 2017

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

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PCT
Dec 03, 2017

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

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
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

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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mchelli
Mar 19, 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 to be rich and was known worldwide. It was interesting as well of how he tried to avert the classroom homework from Ms. Granger, but she fought back as well to try to punish him.

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stinkpot
Feb 27, 2017

This is about a boy who named a pen a different name.

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maha_05
Oct 22, 2016

BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!

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Bayan_1
Mar 26, 2016

LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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awesome132
May 28, 2015

I remember reading this book :) in 6th grade, it was a great book

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white_wolf_418
May 28, 2015

This is a good book. Andrew Clements is a awesome author.

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Saramsha
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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