What is the setting for Frindle?  (where and when)

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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 "frindle" becomes so easily fanaticized.

As the book was published in 1996 (and because we have no indication otherwise), we can make the safe assumption that the novel starts out in the mid to late 1990s. Because ten years have elapsed by the end of the novel, we can assume that it concludes in the mid to late 2000s.

The vast majority of the action is centered around the fifth grade English classroom of Mrs. Granger, which is located at Lincoln Elementary School. This is significant because it is this classroom—along with Nick Allen's distaste for Mrs. Granger's rigidity—that serves as the incubator for the creation of "frindle."

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Frindle takes place in a relatively modern town.  Much of the action centers on a fifth grader and his classroom and home.

Nick Allen is in fifth grade.  He lives in Westfield, New Hampshire and goes to Lincoln Elementary School.  The story likely takes place in the mid 1990’s. 

Westfield was a quiet little town … things were orderly…  (ch 10, p. 57)

There are seasons in New Hampshire, and they seem to affect Nick’s mood.  When the story starts, it is the beginning of the school year and the weather is wonderful.  Nick does not want to stay inside doing work, so he tries to avoid homework by getting his teacher talking.  Nick gets so frustrated with the New Hampshire winters that he turns his third grade classroom into a tropical island.

What kid in New Hampshire isn’t ready for a little summer in February? (ch 1, p. 1)

The story takes place over Nick’s fifth grade year, but ends 10 years later when Nicholas opens the letter congratulating him because the word “frindle” has been added to the dictionary.

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