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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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  • sunflower1
    sunflower1Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 7:48 am55 stars
    Itis funny because first when Nick goes to the store and ask for a black frinddle the lady looks confused.
    • bellalana2
      bellalana2Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 3:54 pm44 stars
      I liked this book because it shows that kids, even naughty ones, can be special by inventing something important, like, (in this case,) a word, such as frindle, meaning pen. It made me feel good.
      • 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.

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