By Andrew Clements
Audio, 1 hr 49 minutes (I think, 2 CDs)
Simon & Schuster Audio Unabridged edition June 2009
Rating: Go read it! (Or listen to it!)
Nicholas Allen has plenty of ideas. Who can forget the time he turned his third-grade classroom into a tropical island, or the times he fooled his teacher by chirping like a blackbird? But now Nick's in fifth grade, and it looks like his days as a troublemaker are over.
Everyone knows that Mrs. Granger, the language arts teacher, has X-ray vision, and nobody gets away with anything in her classroom. To make matters worse, she's also a fanatic about the dictionary, which is hopelessly boring to Nick. But when Nick learns an interesting tidbit about words and where they come from, it inspires his greatest plan yet: to invent a new word. From now on, a pen is no longer a pen -- it's a frindle.
It doesn't take long for frindle to take root, and soon the excitement spreads well beyond his school and town. His parents and Mrs. Granger would like Nick to put an end to all this nonsense. But frindle doesn't belong to Nick anymore. All he can do now is sit back and watch what happens.
I am glad I decided to give this one a chance! I had seen the actual book before while volunteering at the Scholastic Book Warehouse sale. (Did you go? It was too good!) I might have seen the title before but thought it sounded kind of silly. I mean, really....a kid calling a pen "frindle"?
But it's so much more than just that! It's the reasoning behind it. And it's just an entertaining story. I am SO glad I gave this book a try and have recently finished listening to another of Andrew Clements books, The Report Card (review to come). So glad I found another author who's got lots of books to read!