- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 830L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (February 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0689818769
- ISBN-13: 978-0689818769
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 550 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Trying to aggravate a tough language-arts teacher, a fifth-grade boy invents a new word for pen: "frindle." Soon, the whole country is using it. "Dictionary lovers will cotton to this mild classroom fantasy," said PW. Ages 8-12.
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"Will have readers smiling all the way through...hilarious." -- "The Horn Book", starred review
"A captivating tale -- one to press upon children, and one they'll be passing among themselves." -- "Kirkus", pointered review
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Andrew Clements is a great author as well.
I liked Nick because he is so smart and creative. I loved Miss Granger because she is a great teacher, the kind who really is passionate about her job and puts in the time and effort to make sure the kids learn the most they can as her students. I loved the focus on words and the emphasis on how important they are - I, too, love dictionaries and encyclopedias! Also, the references to chess and battles were clever.
The aspect of the story I enjoyed least was when tv coverage and national media coverage became a part of it all. That happens all the time over any little thing, things go viral, things become memes one day and are forgotten the next, people become famous all too easily for very little reason or substance at all, so I wanted to move beyond that very quickly.
Overall, it was an interesting and fun read and I can't wait to chat to Minju about it in more detail when I see her next!
Young Nick Allen decides to make a committment to himself and the world: he is going to make up a new word to replace the word "pen" and he is going to, if necessary, turn his world upside down to get others to accept this new word. He even recruits other students to take "the oath" that it is a "Frindle" and not a "Pen," and no other word will do. This peaceful protest of verbosity incurs the wrath of the school faculty and the curiosity of the local press. But Nick and his friends are determined and unmovable.
This is without a doubt one of the most unique and remarkable works of American contemporary children's fiction. And I don't think I'm going too far in saying that it should have been a Newbery honor book as well. It is filled with fun, education, inspiration, an unexpected plot twist at the end, and even a cameo by one of America's favorite Late Night talk show hosts.
I love FRINDLE, and I know I haven't read it for the last time.