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 an 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.
rating: 5 of 5 stars
Totally enjoyed reading this book with my 5th grade book group.
When Nick decides to create a new word for a pen his idea takes off with a life of it's own. He gets into a battle with his Language Arts teacher and the work Frindle is born. Great story.
Also a nice reminder to those of us who work with kids that kids who think outside the box are not always trouble makers, they are often the ones who are going to grow up and make a difference in the world that we live in.
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