Frindle

Frindle

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by Andrew Clements, Brian Selznick
     
 

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From bestselling and award-winning author Andrew Clements, a quirky, imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of words that will have readers inventing their own words.

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

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From bestselling and award-winning author Andrew Clements, a quirky, imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of words that will have readers inventing their own words.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Trying to aggravate a tough language-arts teacher, a fifth-grade boy invents a new word for pen: "frindle." Soon, the whole country is using it. "Dictionary lovers will cotton to this mild classroom fantasy," said PW. Ages 8-12. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Fifth grader Nicholas Allen finds out that dictionaries were actually written by people. He realizes that someone, somewhere, must have decided what certain words meant and wrote them down. But what would have happened if a different word had been chosen to represent, for instance, the instrument we write with? You know, the one with the ink in it, that you push the button and the point comes out? What if it was called a frindle? Nicholas and his friends experiment with frindle until the word has a life of its own. This story is terrific, and Nicholas' teacher, Mrs. Granger, is a dead ringer for my fifth grade teacher! One really unusual aspect of the book is that we actually find out what Nicholas is like when he's a junior in college!
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6Nicholas Allen, a sharp, creative, independent thinker starts fifth grade looking for a way to sabotage his Language Arts class. The teacher, Mrs. Granger, is a legend, and he believes her when she states that it is the people who decide what words go into the dictionary. Picking up a dropped pen triggers a brilliant idea. He coins a new word for pen-frindle. It's all for fun, but frindle catches on and Nick finds himself on the "Late Show" and "Good Morning America" explaining his new word. Readers will chuckle from beginning to end as they recognize themselves and their classrooms in the cast of characters. A remarkable teacher's belief in the power of words shines through the entire story, as does a young man's tenacity in proving his point. Outstanding and witty.Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Nicholas is a bright boy who likes to make trouble at school, creatively. When he decides to torment his fifth-grade English teacher, Mrs. Granger (who is just as smart as he is), by getting everyone in the class to replace the word "pen" with "frindle," he unleashes a series of events that rapidly spins out of control.

If there's any justice in the world, Clements (Temple Cat, 1995, etc.) may have something of a classic on his hands. By turns amusing and adroit, this first novel is also utterly satisfying. The chess like sparring between the gifted Nicholas and his crafty teacher is enthralling, while Mrs. Granger is that rarest of the breed: a teacher the children fear and complain about for the school year, and love and respect forever after. With comically realistic black-and-white illustrations by Selznick (The Robot King, 1995, etc.), this is a captivating tale—one to press upon children, and one they'll be passing among themselves.

From the Publisher
"Will have readers smiling all the way through...hilarious." — The Horn Book, starred review

"A captivating tale — one to press upon children, and one they'll be passing among themselves." — Kirkus, pointered review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689818769
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
02/01/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
13,932
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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From the Publisher
"Will have readers smiling all the way through...hilarious." — The Horn Book, starred review

"A captivating tale — one to press upon children, and one they'll be passing among themselves." — Kirkus, pointered review

Meet the Author

Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he has been nominated for a multitude of state awards, including two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money, and more. He is also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. He lives with his wife in Maine and has four grown children. Visit him at AndrewClements.com.

Brian Selznick is the author and illustrator of the bestselling The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was awarded the Caldecott Medal and was a National Book Award finalist. He is also the illustrator of many books for children, including Frindle and Lunch Money by Andrew Clements, as well as the Doll People trilogy by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley, which was a Caldecott Honor Book. Mr. Selznick divides his time between Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.

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Frindle 4.3 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 638 reviews.
OfficerJake More than 1 year ago
I am 9 and in third grade. I think the word frindle was very funny. Good use of pictures throughout the story. The characters were awesome! The writing was brilliant! The book was good in that it made you want to go back and finish it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a couple of chapters a night to my son before he went to bed and we both really enjoyed it. I had my mother, a retired teacher read it and she enjoyed it enough to share it with a friend who is also a retired teacher. I have continued to purchase more Andrew Clements books for my son. This book truly proves that kids CAN make a difference.
jessikacan2 More than 1 year ago
I'm a 24 year old college student who was assigned this book for one of my ELED courses and I absolutely loved it. I will definately recommend this book to my students and my own children in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our classroom recently read the book Frindle by Andrew Clements. Our teacher chose to read us this book because she thought it was very funny and that many of us would like it. After reading the book, we really enjoyed it. We enjoyed it because it showed us that we can make a word up and it can mean something else. It also helped us learn about other words that people make and put in the dictionary. It also showed us how studnets can get in trouble if they don't obey their teacher. We learned that Nick has a talent for creating new words and being influential. Overall, we enjoyed this book and would recommend it to other kids to read.
george lang More than 1 year ago
I read this book in school and i have to say, i was surprised of how detailed and funny this book actually is. Its a great read for anyone, highly recommended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 5th grade teacher read this to my class and I. We all injoyed it. My classes favorite book that year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is asome i would read it every day
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book a middle schooler should read with entertament. A fun story even an adult should read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So FUNNY! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is completely worth the money, and it truly is an AWESOME book i read it and it was A REALLY GOODBOOK
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absoulutly loved it .( even thouh i read it in 2nd grade and i am in 5th)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember the influences this book first gave me. Technically, it influenced my whole class, but you get the point. After my library teacher read this book to us (who is now a homeroom teacher [that doesn't really matter, but I thought I'd just throw that in there] ), we couldn't get over the word "frindle." We said "frindle" instead of "pen" for two weeks, but it didn't catch on because we were fourth graders so we couldn't use pens. This book was pretty fun to read though...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pens! Pens! Frindles? Nick Allen has always been creative. He made his classroom into Hawaii in February. But this time he creates something that affects the whole country: a new word (Frindle meaning pen). There is one problem, Nick's own English teacher. Watch Nick take twist and turns to keep using his word. But he just might lose it. read and find out. I like this book because you have a special feeling that you can make a word too. Also once you start you'll be surging for more. You will have a strange but great feeling while reading Frindle. I liked that Nick was trying to make a new word. I also liked how the author made it feel so real, but in reality not true. I recommend this book to people who like to read books that actually feel real. If you like words or school or want to read an extraordinary book read Frindle. This one book. is truly amazing. If you like Frindle you can read these other books by Andrew Clements: Room One, Lunch Money, No Talking, The Landry News, and The Janitor's Boy.~ by Hanil 9
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to kids 7 and up. I read this book in three days because I couldn't put the book down! This book is great for everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i am a 11 year old in the 5th grade frindle is a AWESOME ,FUNNY,AND AMAZING BOOK! my literacy teacher pick this book for my class to read this book is a wonderful book it is very funny since i started reading this book i notice that mrs.Granger and Nick have alot of things alike and different they both are funny and kind you wont believe me but MRS.GRANGER IS NICE!!!! YES SHE IS NICE  because, at the end parts mrs.G was nice to NICK and said he was her favorite student when he was older the word frindle was in the dictionary she send a dictionary and she wrote a wonderful letter and i showed the page that frindle was. Overall i think frindle is a AMAZING,AND FUNNY BOOK FOR KIDS TO READ.also one more think mrs.graner is a little bit like my literacy teacher MRS.TATE but i think MRS.TATE is nicer.PS: READ FRINDLE!!!!!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THE BOOK FRINDLE WAS OF THE HOOK!!!! It was amazing . Andrew Clements is a good Author. When  I started to read frindle I could not stop, I just could not wait to read more. FRINDLE IS AWESOME!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book Frindle is a amazing book for kids all ages, even kids that don't read will like this book. I love the way they make way they make Nick creative and fun he is also a fun,cool,and a very smart kid. I also like how they make  Mrs. Granger a mean and not so fun teacher i also like how she turns good at the end. If you ever thought about reading this book take my advice and totally read it it's really a great book. as a kid that doesn't  like to read as much you should read this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 10 in fifth grade.I thought frindle was an amazing book I thought Nick was very creative to make up a new word frindle.The end of the book was wonderful and I hope to read it again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book is great! The characters are funny, especially Nick. The ending is sort of depressing when Nick grows up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lilililili very good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This my first andrew clements book it is a good one to start
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really good it is my favorite book out of all the books he has made that i have read and very good read!!!luved it! Every time i turned a page it was very exciting to c wat will happen next!!! -eli
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im reading this book in school it is the best how they call a pen a frindle
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and I think you will to
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great book to read for younger children