Saturday, July 16, 2011


By Andrew Clements

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, and Nick has become a local hero. His teacher wants Nick to put and 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

I've heard about this book from each of my neices and nephews as they've read it for school. It was such a gem to read. Nick is the kid who has great ideas, the kind of kid other people look to as a leader. Reading his story of the 'word war' with his 5th grade teacher was entertaining and delightful. I'd recommend this to anybody who enjoys words and has a teacher than taught them something that lasted through their entire lives. I'll never look at a pen the same way again!

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