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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.
This quirky, imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of words will have readers inventing their own words. Brian Selznick's black-and-white illustrations enhance the humor in this unforgettable story.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published on October 7, 2002 by Simon & Schuster Children's
ISBN-10: 0689837038
ISBN-13: 9780689837036
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  • orange367
    orange367Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 8:01 pm44 stars
    Wow, what a great book!! I love all of Andrew Clements' books! :) Wish there were more... :P Gotta read this!
    • +jojoSunday, March 25, 2012 at 7:08 pm
      the book was anout a boy who didint like his teacher becuz she was so strict and the only thing she smieled about was the dictonary :(
      • annieSunday, March 25, 2012 at 6:44 pm
        I think this book is ok. I really think this stry has no point though.I think I would prefer other books by andrew clements
        • yobro
          yobroSunday, March 25, 2012 at 7:43 am55 stars
          this book is about a boy who dislikes a teacher. she is his english teacher and will do anything to give her students hamework. when she says that the people made the dictionary and anyone can make a new word, he does!
          • cutiecookie8
            cutiecookie8Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 3:56 pm55 stars
            My 4th grade teacher read yhis to our class it was sooooo good get it for me p.s. my teacher cried when she read the ending she said '' Ms.Granger is so cool" i mean like not that she was not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            • rush
              rushFriday, February 17, 2012 at 12:47 am
              OMG I read this book in 4th grade I loved it. Frindle is such a cool name for a pen. I miss being in elementary and my old teachers. I recommend this book because it's a bunch of fun for anyone who reads it.
              • teacher_2269
                Helen StevensTuesday, December 27, 2011 at 7:36 am
                Interesting story how one boy changes the English dictionary.
                • teacher_1650
                  Derek WarrenTuesday, December 27, 2011 at 7:19 am
                  Frindle is a light book that will leave you wanting more. Imagine harmlessly coming up with new name for something and then all of a sudden it snow balls into a monster(not literally, of course). If you like books that use a bit of humor, but also leave you with those warm "tingles" then you will love this book. Warning: this book is on a 5th grade level and 5th grade humor is applied.
                  • hoa1121
                    hoa1121Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 3:17 pm
                    This book is amazing not as amazing a Harry Potter, but definitely Amazing.
                    • mtmtcow24
                      mtmtcow24Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm
                      lat year i raed this book for the summer reading program. a boy invents a new word, the word becomes famos, the boy i can not rememberhis name ends up on loads of talk shows. but to get kids to start useing the word he starts sending kids into the dollar store after school and telling them to ask for a frindle [ thats the word i was talking about ]. it is a very good book.

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