What is the problem and solution in Andrew Clements's Frindle?

The problem in Andrew Clements's Frindle takes the form of a teacher–pupil conflict over the use of the word "frindle" in place of "pen." The solution ironically lies in the fact that this same teacher gives the protagonist coping strategies after his new word makes him famous.

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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 man-versus-man conflict that exists between Nick Allen and Mrs. Granger. It is a fairly straightforward power conflict. Mrs. Granger is the teacher. Nick is the student, and Nick refuses to do what Mrs. Granger has asked. Nick has decided to invent a new word, and the word is "frindle." A frindle is a pen, and Mrs. Granger isn't on board with such a nonsensical, made-up word. Nick is frustrated by the response, because the class had previously discussed how words come to be.

"Who says dog means dog? You do, Nicholas. You and I and everyone in this class and this school and this town and this state and this country. We all agree."

If Nick was a student that wanted nothing more than to please his teacher, the frindle idea and word usage would have been dropped immediately after Mrs. Granger expressed her...

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