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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  106,938 ratings  ·  4,117 reviews
From bestselling and award-winning author Andrew Clements, a quirky, imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of words that will have readers inventing their own words.

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 cr
Paperback, 105 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (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
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so I had to read this for my Study in Children's Lit college class and I finished it about 2 minutes ago and I'm still batting back tears from my eyes as I sit in the middle of the student union. I loved this book. So much. My heart is overflowing with unconditional love for this story.

When I saw this book on the course list, I recognized the cover and figured my brother must have read it when we were kids, but I knew I never had. I wondered why I hadn't for a moment but put that thought
Jessica Rinker
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
If I got one things from this, it's that educators don't get payed enough to put up with annoying children. Let's from now on teach kids to leave teachers be and only bully bigots if they are really that bored. Capeesh?

I found this in my room, while I was cleaning, and I decided to read it because why not, though I'm not rating it, because I'm clearly not the intended audience, but 3rd grade me loved this.
Mike (the distracted librarian)
The nostalgia 😍
Jul 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
"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
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Shoa Khan
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Michelle (Sherbet Lemon)

I really enjoyed this one thoroughly! Its a great discussion of the importance and development of words, and also about the myriad of different ways that a good teacher (even one who seems terrible at the time because of how strict they are) can impact you as a person.
Angela Maria Hart
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is incredibly clever. No matter how old a reader is, they will enjoy this.
Check out my BookTube video on "Frindle":
Aug 26, 2016 rated it liked it
when i was 9, we had to move halfway around the globe, and this was one of the maybe three books that i still owned. naturally, i ended up reading it only about a gazillion times.

this book is about nick. nick was the kind of kid i wanted to be (note: i say this in the past tense)
my 9-year-old self would have proclaimed him, in lesser words, the chillest smartass with nerf guns to ever exist. (i’ve grown to realize i hate his kind now.) i looked upon him with a strange mixture of jealousy and ad
Sarah Myers
Jul 19, 2013 rated it liked it

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
Jul 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Published 1996. Newbery recipients, January 1997: The View from Saturday (Medal), The Thief, A Girl Named Disaster, The Moorchild, Belle Prater's Boy

...So it was a pretty strong year. But I don't think I'm wrong in saying that Frindle is the most popular of all these titles, strong as they may be (and I say this as someone who loves both The Thief and A View from Saturday, and who credits The Moorchild with her love of fey and changeling stories).

Frindle is real - and warm - and funny - and wise
Jun 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Maddie Rands
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a really stellar story, one that encourages children to ask questions about their world. Don't just accept whatever it is that adults tell them. Our protagonist Nick does just that when an innocent prank hatched to tick off his teacher eventually evolves into a school wide campaign to create a brand new word. The story sounds sort of simplistic, but Frindle is an effective, entertaining study of authority and power as it exists in a school and within our society. The book's main charact ...more
Jan 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
hiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!My book is called FRINDLE!!!!!!!!!!Have you read it?its a really good book.HAHA. good book good reads!
Kristine (The Writer's Inkwell)
Review was originally posted on The Writer's Inkwell

I've been making a point to find books to feature in my future classroom. At the recommendation of some fellow teachers, I was excited to check this particular book out. However, I have to say, I was sorely disappointed in this story, especially when the book feels like there were two story lines smashed together to make a lackluster story.

First of all, I found Nicholas to be an annoying, spoiled brat. Maybe as a child, I would have cheered fo
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
Aug 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2008, teen
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 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Nicholas Papavero
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
It was great i wish I was nick!!
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I rate this book 2 stars because it is somewhat funny but mostly boring because it's just about a boy that calls a pen, a frindle. ...more
Brent Barnhart
Feb 19, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Melanie Soble
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 t
Jan 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Christopher Lawson
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Still a wonderful read!
Jovan Cianci
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Lilli Gilliam
Jun 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
This was more disappointing than an unsalted pretzel.
Shauna Passic
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was first introduced to the book Frindle in a college Elem. Ed. class. I loved the book so much after reading it, that I read it as a teacher-read-aloud, then a whole class read my first few years of teaching 4th grade. Now over ten years later the Elementary School I am currently working at chose Frindle for their “One Book, One School Challenge”. Every student was given their own copy of Frindle with a reading challenge of reading one chapter a night. Younger students could have someone read ...more
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