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Frindle Audio, Cassette – 1998
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Gr. 3^-6. Ten-year-old Nick Allen has a reputation for devising clever, time-wasting schemes guaranteed to distract even the most conscientious teacher. His diversions backfire in Mrs. Granger's fifth-grade class, however, resulting in Nick being assigned an extra report on how new entries are added to the dictionary. Surprisingly, the research provides Nick with his best idea ever, and he decides to coin his own new word. Mrs. Granger has a passion for vocabulary, but Nick's (and soon the rest of the school's) insistence on referring to pens as "frindles" annoys her greatly. The war of words escalates--resulting in after-school punishments, a home visit from the principal, national publicity, economic opportunities for local entrepreneurs, and, eventually, inclusion of frindle in the dictionary. Slightly reminiscent of Avi's Nothing but the Truth (1991), this is a kinder, gentler story in which the two sides eventually come to a private meeting of the minds and the power of language triumphs over both. Sure to be popular with a wide range of readers, this will make a great read-aloud as well. Kay Weisman --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Frindle is the most interesting book you will ever read! In the book, a young boy named Nick Allen is always a troublemaker, until he comes to 5th grade. That year, he had a very strict teacher named Mrs. Granger. He makes up a new word that spread so quickly, that it almost becomes a real word across the nation. It is a book where you start reading it and never want to stop.
There are a few excellent qualities about this book. First, the style (funny) of the author, hooks readers. Next, there is a lot of suspense that makes the reader feel excited. Lastly, it is a Hero v.s Villain story, so it makes it interesting. Those are some of the awesome parts about Frindle.
On the other hand, there are a few points that are not as great. To start, the story lacks detail and this makes it less interesting in certain sections. Also, the plot is predictable. This is a problem because people can guess what will happen next too easily. Finally, there is not enough action. Without it, the story is a little dull. These are just some of the reasons this book is not as well written-as other books.
Again, I believe this story is one you will not want to miss. If you do not read this book, you will be sorry because you have just missed out on getting to know some really great characters. Don’t you want to read it?
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!
So, the plot: a smart-aleck child gets a big idea to start calling his pen by a new noun - FRINDLE. He gets his friends to do the same, and it spreads through his grade. His language arts teacher is not a bit happy about this, and bans kids from saying Frindle. So of course, it becomes all the rage. News articles, TV reports, a patent on the word, and always the teacher in opposition. Because words mean things, and word meanings are important cues for language and cognition. Cute ending.
Actually, I tend to come down on the side that words mean things. A large part of the disagreements about "food insecurity" and "homosexual marriage" and "racism" and "civil discourse" and "a living Constitution" and "undocumented immigrants" and "terrorism" is due to the fact that America has become sloppy about what words mean.