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Frindle

Frindle, by Andrew Clements, follows the story of Nicholas "Nick" Allen, a fifth grader in 1987 who generates a new name for a pen--a "frindle"--after asking his teacher, Mrs. Granger, where words...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2016 5:03 pm UTC

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The primary theme of the book Frindle is that words have power. Nick asks his teacher, Mrs. Granger, who invents words. He asks who decided that the word "dog" referred to the pet. Mrs. Granger...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2016 7:26 am UTC

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The central character in Frindle is Nick Allen, the fifth grader who invents the word "frindle." Nick is intelligent and extremely creative, the innovative mind who engineers elaborate pranks in...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2009 12:17 am UTC

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The book Frindle is ultimately a story about power relations within society. The authors present the story through the eyes of a fifth grade boy named Nick Allen, who is represented as smart and a...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2016 9:12 pm UTC

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Nick Allen’s behavior in Frindle by Andrew Clements is mischievous. Although he is an intelligent leader, he has a proclivity for disrupting instruction and learning with his unruly ideas. During...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2016 7:24 pm UTC

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Three things happened on the day that Nick Allen got his big idea. The first thing happened while Nick and his friend, Janet, were walking home from school. They usually took the bus, but had...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2015 7:39 am UTC

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When Nick is a student in college, he finds a package on the doorstep of his apartment. He opens it and discovers that it is from his former fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Granger. Nick finds three...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2015 8:01 am UTC

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Nick Allen chooses to test his teacher, Mrs. Granger, by inventing the word "frindle." He uses this word in place of "pen" and is able to get his classmates, and eventually the entire school, to...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2018 5:31 pm UTC

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There are several problems and solutions in the book Frindle, but I would surmise that this question is trying to focus on the main problem and solution. The main conflict in Frindle is the...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2020 12:35 pm UTC

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Chapter three of Frindle is appropriately titled "The Question." One of Nick's many tactics for getting out of work is called the "teach stopper" or the "guaranteed-time-waster." He waits until the...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2019 4:54 pm UTC

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No, it isn't a real word at all, but the whole point of the book is to show how it could so easily become one. New words come into use all the time; the dictionaries of today are a whole lot...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2018 1:35 pm UTC

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The children's novel Frindle, by author Andrew Clements, takes place in Westfield, New Hampshire. This town is described as being relatively quiet, which explains why the creation of the word...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2017 7:25 am UTC

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Nick is a very clever and creative fifth grade boy who sometimes uses his clever creativity to gain attention for himself. He has an amusing sense of humor that he often uses at inappropriate...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2015 1:32 am UTC

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Mrs. Granger assigned an oral report on dictionaries to Nick. Nick was notorious for being a skilled time-waster at school. He loved to distract his teachers to waste time and avoid classwork....

Latest answer posted March 28, 2016 5:37 am UTC

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In the story Frindle, Judy receives a copy of the fifth grade class picture at Lincoln Elementary School. In the picture, the seven fifth grade teachers are standing at the ends of the rows of...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2009 1:45 pm UTC

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The beginning of the story is mostly exposition; setting the scene and introducing the characters. It would most likely extend from Chapter 1 to Chapter 6. In these chapters, the reader learns...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2009 1:23 pm UTC

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Nick Allen is a witty and at times pestering student. While Nick is a very bright fifth grader, he likes to push the teacher's buttons. In an attempt to avoid further homework, Nick tries to stall...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2018 5:48 am UTC

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Bud Lawrence was a local businessman in town. He read an article about Nick Allen's new word and was quick to go to his lawyer to file a trademark claim on it. Within a few days, he set up a...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2015 6:22 am UTC

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Judy Morgan is a reporter from The Westfield Gazette who writes an article about Nick’s invented word for pen, frindle. Judy hears about the word from Ted Bell, an advertising salesman for the...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2012 11:26 pm UTC

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Nick is one of Mrs. Granger’s more difficult students in seventh grade language arts class. He’s smart and creative but he gets into trouble in class. One important event occurs when Nick disrupts...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 5:13 pm UTC

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The main characters in Frindle are Nick Allen, a fifth grader, and Mrs. Granger, his English teacher. Nick Allen is a clever, creative kid. In third grade, he got his brand new teacher in trouble...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2012 10:43 pm UTC

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Frindle

Frindle by Andrew Clemens is a novel about a young boy who delights in creating problems for his teachers. By the time he reaches fifth grade, he has a reputation for being able to stall or derail...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2017 12:40 am UTC

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At the end of Andrew Clements' Frindle, after reading the letter Mrs. Granger had written him ten years ago, Nick comes to understand the significance of a comment Mrs. Granger made ten years ago...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2016 9:16 am UTC

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Nick had invented the word “frindle” to test the theory that if everyone agreed on the meaning of the word, then it becomes a word. Mrs. Granger and the school fought the students in this...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2016 6:41 pm UTC

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As with any piece of literature, each piece—whether a novel, play or short story—offers varying themes to the reader (or audience), and different people come away with different interpretations. In...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2011 11:30 am UTC

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In Andrew Clements' Frindle, as soon as Nick decides to take the meanings of words into his own hands by inventing his own word for the word pen, Nick knows his next step is to get other people to...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2016 10:03 am UTC

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In the novel Frindle, a fifth-grade language arts student named Nick wants to upset his teacher, Mrs. Granger. Known as a smart kid but a troublemaker in the classroom, Nick comes up with a plan....

Latest answer posted September 19, 2018 8:36 pm UTC

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In Andrew Clements' Frindle, to stop "frindle," Mrs. Granger first tries to explain that it cannot be a word because it has no meaning. Next she threatens the students who use the word. Each...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2011 11:12 am UTC

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Nick asks Mrs. Granger where words come from, hoping she will talk too long to give them homework. She assigns him a report instead—to find out. Nick Allen does not like homework. Now that he is...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2012 9:37 pm UTC

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The Thursday after reporter Judy Morgan visits Nick's school, her article is published on the first page of the Westfield Gazette: Local 5th Grader Says, “Move Over, Mr. Webster.” The local fifth...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2019 5:09 am UTC

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The title of the book, Frindle, refers to the name that Nick (Nicholas Allen) decides to use when referring to a simple pen. He is disappointed with having been placed in Mrs Granger's class in...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2014 6:03 am UTC

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In chapter 5 of Andrew Clements' Frindle, Nick's first big idea is to question who decides the meanings of words. This idea gives him inspiration for his next big idea in chapter 6 and serves as...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2016 5:39 am UTC

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Nick compares his battle with Mrs. Granger to a game of chess. Nick has chosen to challenge Mrs. Granger's authority by inventing the word "frindle." When confronted by his teacher about the...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2010 1:31 pm UTC

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Frindle is an American children's novel written by Andrew Clements. The story centers on a 5th-grader named Nick who invents a word—"frindle"—that winds up causing quite a stir in his school and,...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2019 12:56 am UTC

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Towards the beginning of Andrew Clements' Frindle, Nick learns from Mrs. Granger that people have power, power to create the world as they want to see it. Nick learns about creative power when he...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2016 8:37 am UTC

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My favorite part of the book is the letter. Mrs. Granger gives Nick the letter, and he does not open it until ten years later when he is grown up. She describes her reaction to the coining of the...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2012 9:13 pm UTC

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Mrs. Granger's famous battle cry, one that all her students past and present know all too well, is "Look it up! That's why we have the dictionary." Mrs. Granger teaches her class that words gain...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2018 6:09 am UTC

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After the newspaper article about the word "frindle" runs, which includes Nick's picture, he becomes rather famous; people all over town recognize him wherever he goes. All this attention makes...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2016 11:09 pm UTC

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Frindle is told from a limited third person omniscient perspective. Omniscient means all-knowing, and third person means an outside party. There is no one character from the text that tells the...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2018 2:36 am UTC

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Nick’s father puts the money in a trust fund, and when Nick turns twenty-one he gives most of it away but buys some things for himself. He also sets up a scholarship fund in Mrs. Granger’s name....

Latest answer posted October 21, 2012 2:06 am UTC

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The falling action of Frindle is when Nick deals with the fall-out of having invented a new word. The resolution is the ending, when Allen and Mrs. Granger exchange letters and gifts showing they...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2012 11:06 pm UTC

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In this story, Bud Lawrence is a "leading citizen" of Westfield and the wealthy owner of two restaurants. Overall, he's opportunistic, clever, and manipulative. Depending on your point of view, you...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2016 11:32 pm UTC

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The turning point, or climax, of Frindle is when Nick’s word becomes famous and his father sells the rights to it and creates a college fund for Nick. The climax of the story is when everything...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2012 2:35 am UTC

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In Andrew Clements’ book, Frindle, Nick Allen has a very exciting junior year of college. He turns 21 years old, which means he is eligible to receive the trust fund money that his father started...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2015 8:46 pm UTC

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At the end of chapter three, Nick tried to stop Mrs. Granger from assigning homework by asking a question. He figured that the answer to his question would take so long that Mrs. Granger wouldn't...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2019 1:29 pm UTC

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Judy Morgan works as a reporter for The Westfield Gazette. It wasn’t a very interesting job because not much of interest occurred in Westfield. One day a fellow worker told her that his fourth...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2016 6:22 pm UTC

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The main conflict in the story is the conflict between Nick and Mrs. Granger. Nick is annoyed that Mrs. Granger gives too much homework, and Mrs. Granger is annoyed that Nick is being disruptive....

Latest answer posted October 20, 2012 9:26 pm UTC

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In Frindle by Andrew Clements, Nick makes up a new word, "frindle" to take his language arts teacher at her word. Mrs. Granger told the students that by using a word, each person made a decision...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2011 12:26 pm UTC

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Nick, the main character of Frindle, has managed for most of his school career to control his classrooms and teachers with various distracting behaviors. However, in fifth grade he meets his...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2015 4:25 am UTC

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One possible theme you might like to consider is how meanings become attached to words. As the events of Frindle remind us, words derive their meaning from how they're used and not through the kind...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2019 9:42 am UTC

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