He really just likes to liven things up at school -- and he's always had plenty of great ideas. When Nick learns some interesting information about how words are created, suddenly he's got the inspiration for his best plan ever...the frindle. Who says a pen has to be called a pen? Why not call it a frindle? Things begin innocently enough as N...more
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...more
I thought that this book was a fun read. It had nice chara...more
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...more
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...more
Character Trait-Smart "That one book conatins the definitions of more than four-hundred fifty thousand words."
Most Important Event-When Janet dropped her pen and Nick picked it up and said, "Heres your...frindle."
Reccomendation-I reccomend this book to people who like funny things.
"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...more
I think the author did a great job at showing the feelings the characters had because while I was reading, Mrs. Granger got mad, and I could just feel the tension even though it is just a book...more
Time 6/8 30 min 6/9 20min
7 word summary Nick-Mrs. granger-dictionary-report-word-pen-frindle
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.
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...more
@a 7-word summary
pen, call, frindle, teacher, problem, broadcasted, newspaper
Have you ever been called personally by teacher?
Yes- for what?
No- Did you get along with your teachers ever?
Yes, it's in my junior high school because my teacher found me crying. There was a class for discussion, and I said something, but everyone didn't hear me. It was not so matter now, but for me at that time, I thought I was no...more
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
7words summary-Nick Mrs.Granger frindle pen children dictionary new
What do you think about behaviour of Nick?
I think that he is creative, not troublemaker. Many children learn about how to do something in schools, but teachers sometimes rob thier oppotunities of doing something, so freedom to do something like making new words is very important, although rules s...more
Illustrator: Brian Selznick
First published: 1996
Clements' first novel (well, lengthy novella) and has received many awards. And Selznick's fantastic pencil drawings (and the reason we stumbled over the book) beautifully enhance the narrative.
Origin of words
Turns out this is a great complement to the books we have been recently reading - Roald Dahl and Dr Seuss. My daughter has been intrigued with the idea authors make up words, sometimes when there was already a perfectly...more
Nick, the main character, is a quick thinking pseudo-trouble maker. He's not out to just make trouble, he does it in a way that simply questions 'the system'. Here, Nick learns that WE are the ones that give words their power, their meaning. He learns this from his 5th Grade language arts teacher Mrs. Grang...more
Is Nick Allen a troublemaker?
He really just likes to liven things up at school -- and he's always had plenty of great ideas. When Nick learns some interesting information about how words are created, suddenly he's got the inspiration for his best plan ever...the frindle. Who says a pen has to be called a pen? Why not call it a frindle? Things begin innocently enough as Nick gets his friends to use the new word. Then other people in town start saying frindle. Soon the school is in an uproar,
of course it's unrealistic! after all, how many fifth graders can just up and invent a new word that everybody decides to use? but people, are you only reading books because they're realistic? and don't you dare say yes because you've gotta be a fan of at least one fantastical story.
if people only wanted realistic stories, how come Harry Potter and Twilight have sold millions of copies?
the idea here is not about how realist...more