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What is the problem in the story Frindle?

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There are a few problems that arise in Frindle by Andrew Clements. The main conflict is about the word "frindle."

Nick Allen, the protagonist, is a trouble maker. One of his skills is disrupting class by asking a question that requires a long answer, therefore causing the teacher to waste time going on and on, hopefully making the bell ring before the teacher can assign homework. A problem occurs when Nick tries this out with Mrs. Granger. Instead of distracting her with his "thought grenade," Mrs. Granger assigns Nick an oral report on the dictionary.

Nick attempts to give a long-winded report, but Mrs. Granger won't let him. Nick asks who decides what words mean, and Mrs. Granger answers that people do. Mrs. Granger solves the problem of Nick disrupting class with his report, but she...

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