Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Frindle by Andrew Clements. Frindle by Andrew Clements ,. 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 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. When Nick learns some interesting information about how words are created, suddenly he's got the inspiration for his best plan ever Who says a pen has to be called a pen?
Why not call it a frindle?
Frindle Book Review
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, and Nick has become a local hero. His teacher wants Nick to put an end to all this nonsense, but the funny thing is frindle doesn't belong to Nick anymore.
The new word is spreading across the country, and there's nothing Nick can do to stop it. Paperback , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Frindle , please sign up. Interesting any one wants to be my freind? I need someone to be my friend. Ethan samething as zahida. See all 21 questions about Frindle…. Lists with This Book. Jun 04, David Jeong added it. 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 I read this book as an immigrant child just starting to learn about the English language and Western culture. 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 not always point to disobedience, but rather, allows the potential for a student to flourish to strive to prove a teacher wrong, in a meaningful way.
View all 13 comments. Mar 24, emily 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. 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 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 wondered why I hadn't for a moment but put that thought away. I'm actually really glad I read it now instead of then.
Way back when, my brother who is a year older than I loved to read and I did not at all. If I tried this book, I probably wouldn't have liked it just because reading wasn't really my thing yet so I'm so happy I read it now when I love and appreciate words. Because this book is all about words, specifically the word 'frindle' unfortunately spellcheck doesn't think it's a word.. When I realized what direction this book was going in was the moment I fell in love.
A smart-ass kid making up a word to piss off his teachers but the word actually gaining traction and becoming an actual word simply because people used it and insisted that it is a word. I really loved the relationship between Nick and Mrs. That played out just the way I thought it would. I just love how this book shows kids all the power that words have. Good words and bad words, both types can spread like wildfire and have the same effect that frindle had, so be careful of what you say.
But also, words have an incredible power to be what you want, to express what you want.
Words are such wonderful, beautiful things and they're really all we have and Frindle gets down to the essence of that. I think it's also really interesting that this book was written in and is basically maps out the entire map that a meme takes when it get popular in this day in age.
I don't know when the word 'meme' came about but I'm pretty sure this whole 'meme culture' is a pretty new thing. But Frindle maps out the whole meme path and I think it's pretty interesting how Andrew Clements just nailed in back in ' It's probably just Clements understanding human behavior, but I still think it's incredibly interesting that he totally predicted and nail meme culture. Endless love for this book.
Buy it for all the kids in your life, but you should read it, too, because it will warm your heart like no other. View all 5 comments. Sep 16, Jessica Rinker 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.
Clements--I hope you read these from time to time. 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 I didn't read this book, but my 9 year old did and this is his review, in his words. The stuff I really liked was that the main character was a kid named Nick and I really like this part: Nick was watching a show and a bird would peep really loud when something bad would happen.
So Nick decided to do it in school but someone else got blamed. I really felt bad for Janet. If I was her, I would be really embarrassed. Nick was rich, but he didn't know! His dad did not tell him. A couple years later, Nick got a package. He was trying to open it and there was a pen from Mrs. Granger, or should I say a frindle, then Nick gave a package back and Mrs. Granger picked out a gold frindle. I think you should read this book. Nick is like my friend David. David is very creative. He told me that he wants to make a robot.
I think David should be a scientist.
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Also I think Nick is smart like my friend Charly. He is also funny like my three friends Michael, Freddy, and Joe. He is nice like my friend Molly. And tricky like my friend Kayla. Honest like my friend Mikey. So I am saying that Nick is like all of my friends. Can you be like Nick?
Jul 15, Rena rated it it was amazing. 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 "Frindle" tells the story of an intrepid young man who tries to distract his teacher, and avoid homework assignments.
The difference between the two is in the tone of the struggle between student and teacher, which is best illustrated by the the endings which I won't spoil for you! A quick and fun read! View all 6 comments. Jul 15, Shoa Khan rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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: Granger , the stern Language teacher who handles the entire fifth-grade single-handedly. 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 Frindle is the story of: And the main protagonist of the book, the one that gives the book its title is: Frindle Basically, a frindle is just..
Nick tries to outwit Mrs. Reading this book was such a delight! I can't even imagine how much kids would enjoy it! Granger looks like a spitting image of the incredible English Language teacher I had in Second standard! The book portrays the student-teacher relationship so beautifully, that towards the end I just could not wipe that smile off my face, and it left me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside!
Mar 23, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Especially Max age 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 am easily touched by these things! I was very moved!
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If I was the sole representative of this book review, I would give this book a 4. This backfires, as Mrs. Granger assigns him an essay about it. From this experience, Nick learns that individuals get to determine what words mean, and when he comes across a gold pen in the street, he decides to give a "pen" a new name: Nick's classmates really like the idea and soon, every child in the fifth grade starts using the word frindle. Granger opposes herself to the new word, stating that the word frindle is not respectful to the word pen , which has a long history.
She makes children stay after school and write lines for saying the word frindle , but this proves to be a problem, as almost every pupil has to stay after school. The school principal decides to visit Nick's house to end the use of frindle , but the situation is beyond Nick's personal control, and the word's usage cannot be curtailed. Frindle starts to gain national attention, and a family friend purchases the merchandising rights to the word. As the word frindle spreads around the nation, Nick thinks through the trouble that this one scheme has caused.
In the epilogue, Nick is a young adult. Granger sends him a new copy of the dictionary, recently updated to include new words, including frindle. She includes a letter, in which she explains that she intentionally stood against the word in order to make it more popular. He sends back a present - the pen that started it all, with Mrs.
Sep 14, 99 Minutes Middle Grade When he decides to liven things up in Mrs.
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