In Frindle, Nick manipulates teachers in a number of ways. Which do you think is the best? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.

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Nick's reputation as a troublemaker is well deserved, and the examples of him manipulating, infuriating, and exhausting teachers are plentiful. He turns Miss Deaver's classroom, for example, "into a tropical island," in part by turning the thermostat "up to about ninety degrees" and spreading sand across the classroom floor. He...

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Nick's reputation as a troublemaker is well deserved, and the examples of him manipulating, infuriating, and exhausting teachers are plentiful. He turns Miss Deaver's classroom, for example, "into a tropical island," in part by turning the thermostat "up to about ninety degrees" and spreading sand across the classroom floor. He taunts Mrs. Avery, who has a nose like a beak, by loudly imitating the "peep" of a blackbird in her lessons.

However, probably the best of Nick's pranks is the one involving Mrs. Granger and the word "frindle." I have chosen this as the best of Nick's pranks because it is perhaps the most ingenious and most determined of all of his pranks. It is ingenious because Nick manipulates Mrs. Granger's own words to justify it. Indeed, when Mrs. Granger asks him to stop using the word "frindle" in place of the word "pen," Nick argues that it is a real word and that the word "frindle" might well replace the word "pen" because that's "how words really change." This is, after all, what Mrs. Granger herself has taught him.

I have also chosen this as the best of Nick's pranks because of the calibre of his opponent. Mrs. Granger has a reputation as "one of those people who never sweats," and the students are convinced that she has "X-ray vision." Nobody ever gets away with anything untoward in Mrs. Granger's lessons. She is, before this particular prank, utterly imperturbable. The fact that Nick does manage to bother her with his new word, "frindle," is, therefore, really quite exceptional.

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