In "Frindle", why was Nick worried about the length of 5th grade?

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Nick Allen is a clever little boy.  He had a reputation for being able to stall teachers with open ended questions.  He is very worried about the fifth grade because this is the first year where his classes will count toward his education.  This is the first year where the teachers will actually take grades and he is especially worried about Mrs. Granger.  He tells the reader  that Mrs. Granger has a monopoly on English in the fifth grade and her reputation is one of a very hard teacher.  She is very big on vocabulary and she makes the children look up a lot of words.  Nick is worried that he will have too much homework in the fifth grade and that he will really have a hard time with Mrs. Granger.  His fears turn out to be true.  He does have difficulty with her.

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Why was Nick worried that 5th grade would be a long year? 

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 teacher Mrs. Granger who is a match for his wit and misbehavior. She is known to have a sense of humor but is equally well known for her strict class management and fondness for anything to do with language. 

Right away Nick tests her with chaos over his insistence of using the word frindle for a pen. The frindle insanity continues but at each turn, Mrs. Granger manages to maintain or regain class control. Nick has a habit of asking questions, for example, that have no real connection or answer, just to maintain class control. However, when Mrs. Granger takes the questions seriously she turns what Nick wanted, a distraction, into a real learning conversation. 

Without the means to control the classroom because of his new fifth grade teacher, Nick feels it will be a very long year. 

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