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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  65,748 ratings  ·  2,362 reviews
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 wit ...more
Paperback, 105 pages
Published June 4th 2000 by Aladdin Paperbacks (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
Rena
"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
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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
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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
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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
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Debbie
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
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Kacie
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
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Rebecca
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
Melissa
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.
Aspen
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
Natalia
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!!!!!!!!!!*****************





































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Brian
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
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Libby
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
Tereasa
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!
Lucy
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.


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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!
Runa
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.
Theresa Reifon
Format/Length: Chapter book; 112 pages

Award(s):
1997 Christopher Award and sixteen state book awards

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



Review:

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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Alison
Add Frindle to your Middle Reader's summer reading list!

I read this book with my 7 year old last week. He wanted to read a book with me, but didn't want me to read it aloud - he's too big for that, I guess. So, he and I lay in bed reading quietly to ourselves. Then, we would talk about each section we had just read. Often, we would read three or four chapters in a session, because neither one of us wanted to put the book down!

Nick Allen is a smart kid. He has a knack for asking the right questio
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Kristi
My daugther read this book in 2nd or 3rd grade. Since I used to teach 5th grade (and that was 10 years ago!), I never read many chapter books for younger elementary kids. She kept raving about this book, and I had seen it at the school library when I was shelving books. It looked pretty "cartoony" and trendy so I didn't have much interest in reading it. I was being kind of snotty since I was on my "Newbery Quest" to read as many Newbery books as possible and didn't want to waste my time reading ...more
Nina
I loved this book! I think it was one of our book reports, but I can't remember. Maybe it was just my sister's. Anyway, I really liked this book. It had such a realistic setting and it actually made me wonder if the story was really true.

Nick, a fifth grader, decided to make up a new word for no particular reason. Frindle. Thanks to his determination, he managed to make frindle a real world.

"Who says dog means dog?" That makes you think, doesn't it? Who's to say one word means this thing? Why ca
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zabarj
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 ingeniou
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Takuya Kitaura
Atheneum young reader
Time 6/8 30 min 6/9 20min
Chapter 1〜6
7 word summary Nick-Mrs. granger-dictionary-report-word-pen-frindle
Discussion question
Nick is very interesting boy. He is very active and often makes surprising ideas.

Have you ever done any activities like Nick?

A. My idea is not so surprising like
Nick. I made an idea that I will hold a refeshment booth in Godosai for ASL circle.

This book is very interesting for me. I like this book. His idea that a pen is frindle is very good.




Time 6/15
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Katelyn
1. Other- Contemporary Realism

2. Nick Allen is a curious fifth grader at Lincoln Elementary School. When he learns about the way words are created, he decides that he can create a new word for a pen.

3. A- This is a great book for students because it is portrays the critical and logical thinking of a fifth grader.

B- I thought this book had some great qualities, I really like the font and font size in the copy of my paperback. It is inviting for kids, and they can take advantage of it. I thought
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Jessica
Frindle by Andrew Clements is about a young boy in fifth grade, Nick Allen, who has a reputation for being the class clown and sometimes a trouble maker. In third and fourth grade, he always had his classmates laughing and seemed to be able to trick his teachers into playing along with his mind games. However, Nick has a rude awakening when he moves on to the fifth grade. Mrs. Granger was the fifth grade english/language arts teacher who finally was able to put Nick in his place when he tried to ...more
Kelly
1. Junior book - Contemporary Realism.
2. Nick is a unique young student that always has an objective in class, to waste time or cause distractions. Nick meets his match with Mrs. Granger in fifth grade language arts. Nick and Mrs. Granger have a pen to frindle war and to the victor goes the spoil. Well, in this story, everyone is a winner and a learner.
3. Critique
a. The way the author connects the plot to an overall lesson is excellent.
b. The brave and brilliant Nick has a story, and this sto
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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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“But of course, all of this is just a silly fad, and when you add an "e" to fad, you get fade. And I predict this fad will fade.” 2 likes
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