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Frindle ➯ [Read] ➫ Frindle By Andrew Clements ➻ – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 wordsIs Nick Allen a trou 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 wordsIs 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 everthe 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 an end to all this nonsense, but the funny thing is Frindle doesn t belong to Nick any The new word is spreading across the country, and there s nothing Nick can do to stop it.


About the Author: Andrew Clements

I was born in Camden, New Jersey in and lived in Oaklyn and Cherry Hill until the middle of sixth grade Then we moved to Springfield, Illinois My parents were avid readers and they gave that love of books and reading to me and to all my brothers and sisters I didn t think about being a writer at all back then, but I did love to read I m certain there s a link between reading good books and becoming a writer I don t know a single writer who wasn t a reader firstBefore moving to Illinois, and even afterwards, our family spent summers at a cabin on a lake in Maine There was no TV there, no phone, no doorbell and email wasn t even invented All day there was time to swim and fish and mess around outside, and every night, there was time to read I know those quiet summers helped me begin to think like a writerDuring my senior year at Springfield High School my English teacher handed back a poem I d written Two things were amazing about that paper First, I d gotten an A a rare event in this teacher s class And she d also written in large, scrawly red writing, Andrew this poem is so funny This should be published That praise sent me off to Northwestern University feeling like I was a pretty good writer, and occasionally professors there also encouraged me and complimented the essays I was required to write as a literature major But I didn t write much on my own just some poetry now and then I learned to play guitar and began writing songs, but again, only when I felt like it Writing felt like hard work something that s still true todayAfter the songwriting came my first job in publishing I worked for a small publisher who specialized in how to books, the kind of books that have photos with informative captions below each one The book in which my name first appeared in print is called A Country Christmas Treasury I d built a number of the projects featured in the book, and I was listed as one of the craftspeople on the acknowlegements page, in tiny, tiny typeIn I began trying to write a story about a boy who makes up a new word That book eventually became my first novel, Frindle, published in , and you can read the whole story of how it developed on another web site, frindle Frindle became popular,popular than any of my books before or since at least so far And it had the eventual effect of turning me into a full time writer I ve learned that I need time and a quiet place to think and write These days, I spend a lot of my time sitting in a small shed about seventy feet from my back door at our home in Massachusetts There s a woodstove in there for the cold winters, and an air conditioner for the hot summers There s a desk and chair, and I carry a laptop computer back and forth But there s no TV, no phone, no doorbell, no email And the woodstove and the pine board walls make the place smell just like that cabin in Maine where I spent my earliest summers Sometimes kids ask how I ve been able to write so many books The answer is simple one word at a time Which is a good lesson, I think You don t have to do everything at once You don t have to know how every story is going to end You just have to take that next step, look for that next idea, write that next word And growing up, it s the same way We just have to go to that next class, read that next chapter, help that next person You simply have to do that next good thing, and before you know it, you re living a good life.



10 thoughts on “Frindle

  1. David Jeong David Jeong says:

    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 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 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


  2. emily emily says:

    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 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 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 Absolutely love I really loved the relationship between Nick and Mrs Granger, too 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 1996 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 96 First a few people know about it then someone of higher power with a wider audience of people listeners followers hears about it, helps it spread then quicker than anyone expects, everyone knows about this thing there are reproductions of this thing everywhere graphics, videos, songs, and in the case of Frindle t shirts and hats and the like then it dies down, but everyone still knows about it and will catch the reference It s probably just Clements understanding human behavior, but I still think it s incredibly interesting that he totally predicted and nail meme culture Anyway 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


  3. Jessica Rinker Jessica Rinker says:

    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 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 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 When Nick was walking home with Janet, Janet found a pen and Nick bumped into Janet Hey Sorry, said Nick It s okay, here s your frindle Now we get to the juicy part Nick was rich, but he didn t know His dad did not tell him Happy ending time 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 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 Well, let s try by Braeden Cooper


  4. Mike (the distracted librarian) Mike (the distracted librarian) says:

    The nostalgia


  5. Rena Rena says:

    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 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 teacher, which is best illustrated by the the endings which I won t spoil for you Frindle is muchupbeat and fun, and it ends on a happy note, while Nothing but the Truth, istension filled and the ending is not really happy This could be do to the intended target age for these books the happier, simpler Frindle was written for younger readers, with a positive message about potential and creativity Nothing but the Truth critiques the modern intrepretation of freedom of speech A quick and fun read


  6. Lisa Lisa says:

    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 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 of this book review, I would give this book a 4 For me it wavered between a 3 and 4 for 90% of the story, and finished with a big five star ending But the kids were loving it from start to finish, and it is they who are the target audience, so we have agreed on a five star rating And like Mimi says, any book that makes Mommy break down in tears probably deserves 5 stars So 5 stars it is


  7. Shoa Khan Shoa Khan says:

    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 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 book its title is FrindleBasically, a frindle is just. a pen.Nick tries to outwit Mrs Granger a bunch of times, with not much luck, until one day in Language class, when they learn how words come into existence, Nick gets the BIG IDEA.Reading this book was such a delight I can t even imagine how much kids would enjoy it Also, Mrs 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 A special shout out to Brian Selznick , whose illustrations as always are so GORGEOUS and intricately done, that I simply cannot help feeling awestruck


  8. Michelle (Sherbet Lemon) Michelle (Sherbet Lemon) says:

    4.5 5I 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.


  9. Angela Hart Angela Hart says:

    This book is incredibly clever No matter how old a reader is, they will enjoy this.Check out my BookTube video on Frindle This book is incredibly clever No matter how old a reader is, they will enjoy this.Check out my BookTube video on Frindle


  10. shaili shaili says:

    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 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 admiration in a moment of epiphany, he decided he wanted to call a pen a frindle instead of pen why to annoy his english teacher, of course enter mrs.granger aka danger granger, the teacher.here s a few random facts i remember about her 1 she could spot you chewing gum from 50 feet away distance may be subject to inaccuracy but you get the idea 2 she owned a giant mother of a dictionary that took two kids to carry 3 her eyes were out of a stephen king novel no, seriously x ray vision was casually mentioned at least thrice.nick manages to infuse chaos with the concept of frindle, and it becomes a world wide revolution granger s powers cannot do anything to stop the frindle wave instant and overwhelming fame makes nick draw back into his own shell granger notices this, and she gives him a fun little pep talk and a mysterious post dated envelope an adult metamorphosis late, nick finds out granger was actually helping him turns out, she was actually proud of nick and only pretending to work against him because every story needs a villain he proceeds to send her a million bucks, and there s that all in a very happy and inspiring manner, obviously.an embarrassingly large chunk of my childhood was influenced by this story lame attempts at trying to come up with a revolutionary concept like frindle followed i still don t know how i managed to make any friends that year.however, i did end up antagonizing my English teacher, who was the dearest 60 year old thing in the world quite the badass, though she became a certified scuba diver that year and had travelled to 5 continents those two events were not related or so i think i was probably just the shy, awkward girl mumbling at the back of the class.the rating is just a pretense how can you rate something that is a part of your life it s practically like rating a toothbrush, except i have aintimate connection this book leave it to me to come up with the most irrelevant and uncomfortable analogy ever it s no alice in wonderland, but i suppose this book does have the potential to inspire creativity in a lotta little kiddos also, nick is just the kewlest dude eva frindle for lyf


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