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Andrew Clements (1949-2019) was the author of the enormously popular Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he was nominated for a multitude of state awards, including a Christopher Award and an Edgar Award. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money, and more. He was also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. Find out more at AndrewClements.com.

Brian Selznick is the author and illustrator of the bestselling The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was awarded the Caldecott Medal and was a National Book Award finalist. He is also the illustrator of many books for children, including Frindle and Lunch Money by Andrew Clements, as well as the Doll People trilogy by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley, which was a Caldecott Honor Book. Mr. Selznick divides his time between Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.


Gr 3-6-Nick, a clever fifth grade students, is determined to outsmart his no-nonsense, dictionary-loving teacher, Mrs. Granger. When he invents "Frindle," a new word for pen, he manages to get fellow students and shopkeepers to use the word. Annoyed, Mrs. Granger keeps students who use the new word after school. The war over the word escalates, and first local and then national media pick up the story. Marketing rights to tie-ins (such as pens marked "Frindle") make Nick very wealthy. Ten years later, Nick and Mrs. Granger again correspond when the word "Frindle" is admitted to Mrs. Granger's favorite dictionary. Andrew Clements' story (S&S, 1996) is a fresh take on the classic student-teacher relationship. Reader John Fleming has a news anchorman voice, and the story is told by the third person narrator. Fleming does not differentiate the voices of the characters, but there is not an abundance of dialogue. The audio version of this likable book provides enjoyable listening for individuals and families.-Fritz Mitnick, Shaler North Hills Library, Glenshaw, PA

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. (Feb.)

"A captivating tale -- one to press upon children, and one they'll be passing among themselves." -- "Kirkus", pointered review
"Will have readers smiling all the way through...hilarious." -- "The Horn Book", starred review

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