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by Andrew Clements
105 pages, Contemporary
Reviewed by bookRacoon

A fun, clean read about how words are made.


Nick Allen, a fifth grader, is given an assignment by his English teacher to find out how words are made, and the process words go through before they are added to the dictionary. Afterward, Nick begins to wonder why he can't make up a word of his own: frindle, or, pen. Soon, the word spreads through his school and around the country.


Nick is a nice guy, and his friends aren't naughty kids. However, Nick and his friends disobey Mrs. Granger, a teacher who ordered that no kids from her class use 'frindle.'

Spiritual Content

God is not mentioned in the story, but the characters act morally.



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Sexual Content


Crude or Profane Language or Content



This school story is very creative, taking a simple idea, like words in the dictionary, and making a fun - although improbable - plot out of it.

Fun Score: 4.5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 11-12

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