Frindle Summary

Updated: 5/10/2019
Frindle Summary
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Frindle By Andrew Clements

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What happens when a simple idea takes over an entire school and town? Ask Nick Allen, a quick-witted fifth grader at Lincoln Elementary School. After an attempt to waste time and provoke his new language arts teacher, Nick gets assigned a report on the history of the dictionary. This research sparks an idea to invent a new word: “frindle”. What was once an innocent idea spreads like wildfire until the word no longer belongs to Nick, and there’s no way for him to stop it.


Frindle

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  • Beginning
  • Mrs. Granger, you have so many dictionaries in the room, where did all those words come from?
  • Beginning
  • Frindle? What's a frindle?
  • You'll find out!
  • Nick Allen stalls for time on his first day in Mrs. Granger’s class and is assigned an oral report on the history of the dictionary.
  • Middle
  • Anyone who is heard using the word "frindle" instead of the word "pen" will stay after school and write this sentence one hundred times: I am writing this punishment with a pen. - Mrs. Granger
  • After completing his research, Nick has an idea: why not make up a word?
  • Middle
  • The word "frindle" begins to spread throughout the school.
  • I forgot my frindle!
  • The frindle story becomes a national sensation.
  • So tell me, Nick, why did you make up this new word, "frindle"?
  • End
  • Nicholas, you didn't do anything wrong this year. Your idea was a good idea, and I have been very proud of the way you behaved - most of the time.
  • End
  • Dear Nicholas, If you are reading this letter, it means that the word "frindle" has been added to the dictionary. Congratulations.
  • Nick changes, but Mrs. Granger encourages him to keep dreaming up ideas.
  • Ten years later, frindle is in the dictionary and Nick receives a letter from Mrs. Granger.