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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  70,759 ratings  ·  2,633 reviews
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.
Published February 1st 1998 by Turtleback Books (first published September 1st 1996)
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David Jeong
I read this book as an immigrant child just starting to learn about the English language and Western culture. Although the obvious theme of the importance of language was there but, the one thing that stood out to me as I finished this book, was the beauty and intricacy of the relationship between a teacher and a student. I had come from South Korea where respect was foremost in learning, but this book challenged this idea and gave so many reasons as to why the act of challenging authority does ...more
J.M. Cooper
I didn't read this book, but my 9 year old did and this is his review, in his words. I can't vouch for accuracy, but I got a kick out of his response. Mr. Clements--I hope you read these from time to time.

"When I saw the book Frindle, I said, "I'm not reading this." But I did anyway. So I was reading and I was actually amazed with the book. It had a really hard beginning, a juicy middle, and a happy ending. The stuff I really liked was that the main character was a kid named Nick and I really l
"Frindle" tells the story of an intrepid young man who tries to distract his teacher, and avoid homework assignments. He ends up creating a new word for "pen" - "frindle" and gaining national attention.

The plot here is similar to "Nothing but the Truth," a young adult novel by AVI, about a boy who similarly wants to annoy his teacher, by singing along to the national anthem when it is played over the PA system. The difference between the two is in the tone of the struggle between student and te
Shoa Khan
Frindle is the story of:
Nick Allen,

an incredibly smart kid, whose mind is always churning out idea after brilliant idea. Basically, Nick is a very popular kid, who wants to have fun while learning at school.

The other protagonist of the story is:
Mrs. Granger,

the stern Language teacher who handles the entire fifth-grade single-handedly.
Basically, Mrs. Granger with her no-nonsense attitude is too smart to fall for tricksters like Nick.

And the main protagonist of the book, the one that gives the bo
The kids LOVED this book. Especially Max (age 10). I thought it was pretty good, until the very end, which was fantastic and I couldn't help but shed a tear or five. Mimi said, "oh there goes Mommy crying again..." I can't help it! I am easily touched by these things! I was very moved! (past children's lit mommy tear-jerkers include Earthquake in the Early Morning, A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time, Abe Lincoln At Last!, and the SOB FEST that is When You Reach Me). If I was the sole representative ...more
Oct 14, 2007 Debbie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: word lovers
I had forgotten what a cute little book this was. Nick Allen is a prankster who has the art of sidetracking teachers down to a science. However, Mrs. Granger, his fifth grade English teacher, isn't so easy to manipulate. The first time he tries to get her to forget to give out homework, she assigns him extra homework. Thus starts the battle of the frindle.

I loved both Nick and Mrs. Granger. Their battle over the word "frindle" that Nick made up to replace the word "pen" shows how adaptable the E
The Chestertonian (Sarah G)

On the surface, Frindle is a cute children's book about a creative kid who makes up a new word right out of the blue, and causes quite a stir in school and in his community by getting a lot of other kids to use it--and provoking opposition from his teacher Mrs. Granger, who stands by the letter of the law of the dictionary.

Below the surface, the book involves more difficult questions about the fluidity and meaning of language, how it develops, the place of established rules vs. community and in
Maddie Rands
A curious fifth grader named Nick Allen loves to waste time in class. While asking a question to waste time in class, he realized that the only reason that words mean what they mean is because we say they do. Nick decides to conduct an experiment, and soon every student in the fifth grade is playing along. Before Nick knows it, the whole community is consumed in his idea, and it then proceeds to change his town, his country, and his life.
I thought that this book was a fun read. It had nice chara
hiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!My book is called FRINDLE!!!!!!!!!!Have you read it?its a really good book.HAHA. good book good reads!
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
Clements' most popular book! My first introduction to the writing of Andrew Clements was Things Not Seen, which I highly recommend. Although Frindle was written for a younger audience than the "Things" series, I still enjoyed the story and I appreciate the lesson it teaches. Everyone has the ability to make changes happen in the world, no matter how insignificant their impact may seem.

It really is hard to get people to accept a new word when they already have been using another word for the sam
Apr 25, 2009 Melissa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melissa by: Deanna
My mom has raved about this book for a while and so I finally read it. It's a children's book that is both a compelling and imaginative story about a child discovering the power of words and the power of one person to make a big difference in the world.
Jun 09, 2008 Rebecca rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 4th grade and up; word nerds
Recommended to Rebecca by: I think it was Luke
Loved it! This book was a breeze to read, but not light on making the reader think. Fifth grader Nick is "an expert at asking the delaying question -- also known as the teacher-stopper, or the guaranteed-time-waster...Nick could launch a question guaranteed to sidetrack the teacher long enough to delay or even wipe out the homework assignment." So when Nick attempts to derail the infamous Mrs. Granger with the question "where do words come from?," he has no idea that she'll get the better of him ...more
Nicholas Papavero
It was great i wish I was nick!!
When 4th grader Nick Allen gets bored of plain old word pen he comes up with a new word for it FRINDLE! He had learned how people make words and had that ginious idea just walking down a kerb. So now instead of using the word pen in his class he uses the word frindle along with his other friends that he had called a secret meeting for it. It soon spread around the whole school soon the city now the state and before you new it it was around the country. Frindle here frindle there frindle was now ...more
Feb 01, 2008 Natalia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any1 with good taste in books
Recommended to Natalia by: well i got it from reading andrew clements books
Havent read it but im about 2!!!!! thus gurl in my class gave it 2 me uz we did this Christmas thing we did in school and i ghot left wit that book but it looks really cool!!!!!!!!!!*****************

Title: Frindle
Author: Andrew Clements
Illustrator: Brian Selznik
Interest Level: 4 - 6
Grade Level Equivalent: 4.8
Lexile measure: 830L
DRA: 40
Guided Reading: R

Summary: Fifth grader Nick Allen knows just how to make school more cool. In third grade, he transformed Miss Deaver's room into a tropical paradise with some paper palm trees and a sandy beach. In fourth grade, he taught his classmates to mimic the high-pitched calls of blackbirds. But now, in fifth grade, he's come up with his most ingenious
Do you ever feel like an outsider? Like you don't belong? Meet Nick Allen! He doesn't fit into the groups one might find in middle school but rather he is HIMSELF and proud of it. Nick has always had the innate ability to distract his teachers toward the end of class so they forget to give homework but as he tries to do so in his new 5th grade literature class he runs into a problem...Mrs. Granger. Mrs. Granger is a veteran teacher and knows the game he is trying to play so she counters with a c ...more
Melanie Soble
1. This book would fall under the category of a junior book, contemporary realism.
2. What is a frindle? It’s a made up word, of course! This book takes you into a fifth grade classroom where Nick dares to take on that teacher – you know, the one who lets nothing get by her. Nick has always had great ideas and a charisma about him that makes his friends follow his lead. He takes the learning from the classroom and applies it to his life.
3. critique
a. The outstanding quality of this book is the
Brent Barnhart
No, I'm not pulling the "add books I read when I was 7" card. I read this for a research paper in a linguistics class, determining whether or not the manner in which the word enters the lexicon as it does in Frindle is realistic.

Some excerpts from the aforementioned paper, because hours of work probably deserve to be read by more than one person, plus I'm just haughty or something:

"While seemingly nothing more than a children's book on the surface, Andrew Clement's Frindle deals directly with t
I read this book because there is an excerpt in it from my 5th grade anthology book that I teach from. It was a cute, easy read, but best left for those who are actually reading with kids. I can tolerate a lot of books more easily if I have the thought, "How would I use this for work?" in my head. I do like the book for those who hated school because you thought it was basically a training camp for conformity. I hope I am the type of teacher/mother/person who can be challenged to think different ...more
Aracely Rodriguez
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Apr 07, 2015 Abigail rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of all ages
Recommended to Abigail by: Sophia (my friend)
This book gave rich details about a boy that made up a word that stretched across the country. This book takes you on an incredible journey that will sweep you off your feet but somehow is easy to under stand. It all started with a young boy in 5th grade that calls a pen a Frindle when his reading teacher says that dog doesn't have to say dog because people all over the world calls dog a different thing. So Nick Allen thinks," Does a pen need to become a pen or can it be something else?" Suddenl ...more
Sep 26, 2007 Tereasa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I read this book a few years ago when it was recommended by a good friend. I really need to read it again. My son, daughter, and me started reading it and finished it the same afternoon we checked it out from the library. We had only planned to read a chapter a day until it was done. Well, once I started reading it alloud not one of us wanted to stop! The story is that good! This is definitely a family book, an easy read, and a great lesson to be learned for all!
What happens when a boy with a little too much creative imagination decides to test his dictionary-addicted teacher and invent his own word? A lot of controversy, and some pretty awesome things.

Sometimes a writer hits on the magical formula. They'll write other good books, sure, but they'll never find the secret magic formula ever again. Frindle is Andrew Clements' magical formula. This book is nearly the perfect chapter book, for all ages.
Chihiro Ushida
* Atheneum Books
* 6/13=40min, 6/15=10min, 6/16=30min
* 7 words summary
boy / question / teacher / dictionary / report / friends / pen

* But watermelon for dessert didn't cheer him up much.
I like this sentence because I didn't know the phrase (expression). I was very surprised at the expression. I want to use this when I was disappointed at something.

At first, I was very afraid of reading this book because it was a little fat and looks difficult but I am enjoying reading this book.

Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This book was my introduction to Andrew Clements. What an author! This is definitely my favorite. A boy decides to find out if he can invent a new word and get it used enough to become an official entry in the dictionary. A fascinating look at how our language works!
Mar 28, 2007 Runa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children
Shelves: runasbooks
First read this in 4th grade in a "book club" meeting. Loved it, and to this day, I still absolutely adore the story.
John Mileski
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Razvan Zamfirescu
Spicuiri din recenzia finala care se gaseste pe blogul meu


Gândiţi-vă acum că cineva se hotărăşte să inventeze un nou cuvânt. Cam cât de greu îi va fi lui Nick Allen, căci despre el este vorba, să îi facă pe ceilalţi să înţeleagă şi să utilizeze un cuvânt precum… să zicem…„frindel“ şi asta fără a pomeni sinonimul pe care acesta vrea să îl înlocuiască! Gândiţi-vă cât de dezorientaţi vor fi colegii săi sau vânzătorii de la prăvălie când el va indica spre u
Theresa Reifon
Format/Length: Chapter book; 112 pages

1997 Christopher Award and sixteen state book awards

Theme(s): Friendship, Power and Language, Community, Helping others, Childhood


I am currently using this in the classroom with 5th graders. They love it and because of that I rated this book with 5 stars. I feel it would appeal to young children in 3rd to 5th grade because the main character and his classmates are in 5th grade.However, I did not get into this book as much as they did because
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I was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1949 and lived in Oaklyn and Cherry Hill until the middle of sixth grade. Then we moved to Springfield, Illinois. My parents were avid readers and they gave that love of books and reading to me and to all my brothers and sisters. I didn’t think about being a writer at all back then, but I did love to read. I'm certain there's a link between reading good books an ...more
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