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Frindle

Clements, Andrew (Book - 1996 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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. Nicholas Allen has plenty of ideas. Who can forget the time he turned his third-grade classroom into a tropical island, or the times he fooled his teacher by chirping like a blackbird? But now Nick's in fifth grade, and it looks like his days as a troublemaker are over. Everyone knows that Mrs. Granger, the language arts teacher, has X-ray vision, and nobody gets away with anything in her classroom. To make matters worse, she's also a fanatic about the dictionary, which is hopelessly boring to Nick. But when Nick learns an interesting tidbit about words and where they come from, it inspires his greatest plan yet: to invent a new word. From now on, a pen is no longer a pen--it's a frindle. It doesn't take long for frindle to take root, and soon the excitement spreads well beyond his school and town. His parents and Mrs. Granger would like Nick to put an end to all this nonsense. But frindle doesn't belong to Nick anymore. All he can do now is sit back and watch what happens.
Authors: Clements, Andrew, 1949-
Title: Frindle
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,, c1996
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 105 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Andrew Clements ; pictures by Brian Selznick
Summary: 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. Nicholas Allen has plenty of ideas. Who can forget the time he turned his third-grade classroom into a tropical island, or the times he fooled his teacher by chirping like a blackbird? But now Nick's in fifth grade, and it looks like his days as a troublemaker are over. Everyone knows that Mrs. Granger, the language arts teacher, has X-ray vision, and nobody gets away with anything in her classroom. To make matters worse, she's also a fanatic about the dictionary, which is hopelessly boring to Nick. But when Nick learns an interesting tidbit about words and where they come from, it inspires his greatest plan yet: to invent a new word. From now on, a pen is no longer a pen--it's a frindle. It doesn't take long for frindle to take root, and soon the excitement spreads well beyond his school and town. His parents and Mrs. Granger would like Nick to put an end to all this nonsense. But frindle doesn't belong to Nick anymore. All he can do now is sit back and watch what happens.
Awards & Distinctions: ["
Christopher Award", "
Rhode Island Children's Book Award", "
New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award", "
Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award", "
Massachusetts Children's Book Award", "
Kansas William Allen White Children's Book Award", "
Georgia Children's Book Award", "
Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelance Award", "
Washington Sasquatch Children's Book Award", "
South Dakota Prarie Pasque Award", "
Arkansas Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award", "
Nevada Young Reader's Award", "
North Carolina Children's Book Award", "
Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice Award", "
Texas Children's Crown Award", "
Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award", "
Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award", "
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award", "
Utah Children's Book Award", "
Awarded: Premio Cassa di Risparmio di Cento di Letteratura per Ragazzi of Cento, Italy"]
Additional Contributors: Selznick, Brian
ISBN: 0689806698
9780689806698
Branch Call Number: j CLEMENTS
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funny and kid-friendly. easy to love and suspenseful.

love this book my calss would listen to me read it to them

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  • GilbertK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this book. Andrew Clements is a good author.

I read this aloud to my 9-year-olds, and they loved it! It's funny, and they could identify with the main character.

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  • vcc rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Read this as part of this year's Reading Link Challenge. Great book! And... if you don't know what a word means, go look it up! :-)

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  • lakevilla_IDOL rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This is about a boy who is always having fun and causing trouble at school. He has a lot of good ideas and likes to learn how words are created. He started a new word named frindle, which his teacher wants him to stop using. He can't because multiple people have started to use this word. Would people use a word you ever made up? Why did he make a new word? Why did Nick's teacher want him to stop using that word? Read the book to find out why!

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  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

amazing ad fun to read!

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This book is one of my favorite books! I've read it at least 10 times! You should too!

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  • tentenli rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Interesting book!! From the beginning to the end, it was a great book !! I love this so much!! :)

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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".

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  • MissJen rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

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  • lms rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"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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