Frindle

Does anyone have a pen frindle I can borrow?

We just finished reading “Frindle” by Andrew Clements.

From Publishers Weekly
Trying to aggravate a tough language-arts teacher, a fifth-grade boy invents a new word for pen: “frindle.” Soon, the whole country is using it. “Dictionary lovers will cotton to this mild classroom fantasy,” said PW. Ages 8-12.

If you have a child, or know a child, in the suggested age range (8-12, though I would probably skew it more like 6-10), I highly recommend this book! It features Nick, a boy who turns a nuisance assignment into a learning experience, for himself, his teachers, his classmates, his town and eventually the country. Nick is a true leader and remains respectful to his teacher, parents and other adults in the story throughout. I got a lump in my throat reading the final chapters. Very well done. I didn’t realize it till the end, but there are literature questions at the back of the book (at least in our version) to facilitate a classroom discussion, and I had found myself talking through many of them with Krystal as we read, so I had a proud parenting moment when I saw that.

I just ordered two more copies for my nephews for Christmas, which probably won’t be here in time, but I don’t even care. They can wait!

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3 responses to “Frindle

  1. Remember — a book is a present you can open again and again :}

    How old is Krystal??

  2. I’ll hafta look it up at the library. We enjoy reading so much it’s difficult to go buy more cause we’ve run out of shelf space so many times. If we love it, then we buy it.

  3. That sounds fun. I may go ahead and see if the library has it. The Queen tends to enjoy books above her age level.

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