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 Frindle
 Author: Clements, Andrew

 Illustrator: Selznick, Brian

 Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
 Pub Year: 1996

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 105 p., ill., 22 cm.

 BTSB No: 221552 ISBN: 9780689806698
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Subjects:
 Teacher-student relationship -- Fiction
 New words -- Fiction
 School stories

Courtesy of Random House Audio

Price: $21.41

Summary:
When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.40
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 16637
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.80
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 04243

Common Core Standards 
   CC Maps Recommended Works Gde K-5
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 4 → Reading → RF Foundational Skills → 4.RF Phonics & Word Recognition
   Grade 4 → Reading → RF Foundational Skills → 4.RF Fluency
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 3 → Reading → RF Foundational Skills → 3.RF Fluency
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 6 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (+) (07/01/96)
   School Library Journal (09/96)
   Booklist (09/01/96)
 The Hornbook (+) (11/96)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 09/01/1996 Gr 4-6--Nicholas Allen, a sharp, creative, independent thinker starts fifth grade looking for a way to sabotage his Language Arts class. The teacher, Mrs. Granger, is a legend, and he believes her when she states that it is the people who decide what words go into the dictionary. Picking up a dropped pen triggers a brilliant idea. He coins a new word for pen-frindle. It's all for fun, but frindle catches on and Nick finds himself on the Late Show and Good Morning America explaining his new word. Readers will chuckle from beginning to end as they recognize themselves and their classrooms in the cast of characters. A remarkable teacher's belief in the power of words shines through the entire story, as does a young man's tenacity in proving his point. Outstanding and witty.--Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA - Copyright 1996 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 09/01/1996 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. (Reviewed Sept. 1, 1996) - Copyright 1996 Booklist.

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