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by Andrew Clements

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What is the genre of Frindle?

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Frindle is a children's novel written by Andrew Clements and illustrated by Brian Selznick. It is an award winning book, and at the widest genre definition, it is a work of fiction. Fiction is the literary genre that includes stories that are works of imagination. More specifically, Frindle is a work of realistic fiction. The story line is imagined, but it is realistic in the sense that it could actually happen. Realistic fiction does not include things like talking animals, walking trees, or people living in other galaxies. Frindle takes place in a regular school classroom with students and teachers. The protagonist is a 5th grade boy that is a class clown of sorts and has an antagonistic relationship with the teacher. One of his schemes involves inventing a new word, and the word ends up being added to the dictionary. While that end might seem like fantasy, it is definitely in the realm of realistic as new words are added to the dictionary all of the time.

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