Book Review: Frindle

September 6, 2014

Frindle by Andrew Clements
From Miss Mary at Main Library

Ten-year-old Nick Allen, a very bright and creative fifth grader, may have met his match with his no-nonsense language arts teacher, Mrs. Granger.  When given an extra assignment on how new word entries are added to the dictionary, Nick comes up with a brainstorm which is sure to annoy his teacher to no end: he invents a new word, “frindle,” for pen.  He manages to get the whole school to use the word and it rapidly spreads to the city, nation and the world.  Nick’s parents and Mrs. Granger would like Nick to put an end to his “newly invented” word but it does not belong to him anymore.  It belongs to everyone.  All they can do is sit back and marvel and what happens next.

Andrew Clements is a fiction writer who specializes in school stories for the upper elementary student.  All his novels can be read independently and revolve around different happenings taking place in the fourth through sixth grade classroom.  Frindle is the first novel he wrote, published in 1996.  He has written sixteen school stories as well as the Jake Drake series and the Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School seriesAll of Andrew Clements’ school novels will appeal to the young reader who enjoys realistic fiction.  They are fun to read and will appeal to both boys and girls in the upper elementary age bracket.  Many titles are also available in audio CD format at the library.

Some of my other favorites of Andrew Clements include: A Week in the Woods involving a wealthy boy who moves to a small New Hampshire school and learns to fit in, The School Story about two sixth grade girls who publish a children’s novel on their own, and The Janitor’s Boy about a boy who discovers what a great man his janitor father really is.  


Thanks for a terrific review, Miss Mary!  Stop by today and check out some Andrew Clements books — you'll enjoy them just as much as your grade-schooler does.

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