Frindle: Special Edition (Paperback)

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Appearing on 39 state reading lists and winner of 19 state awards, this fun read shows what can be accomplished when young minds go to work on clever ideas.


From bestselling and award-winning author Andrew Clements, a quirky, imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of language that will have readers inventing their own wordsnow available in a deluxe paperback edition!

Is Nick Allen a troublemaker? He really just likes to liven things up at school--and he's always had plenty of great ideas. When Nick learns some interesting information about how words are created, suddenly he’s got the inspiration for his best plan ever...the frindle. Who says a pen has to be called a pen? Why not call it a frindle?

Things begin innocently enough as Nick gets his friends to use the new word. Then other people in town start saying frindle. Soon the school is in an uproar, and Nick has become a local hero. His teacher wants Nick to put an end to all this nonsense, but the funny thing is frindle doesn’t belong to Nick anymore. The new word is spreading across the country, and there’s nothing Nick can do to stop it.

About the Author

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 AverageTroublemakerExtra Credit, Lost and FoundNo TalkingRoom OneLunch Money, and more. He was also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. Find out more at

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.

Praise For…

**Winner of the 2016 Phoenix Award**

"Will have readers smiling all the way through...hilarious."
— The Horn Book, starred review

"If there's any justice in the world, Clements may have something of a classic on his hands. . . . A captivating tale--one to press upon children, and one they'll be passing among themselves."
— Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Product Details
ISBN: 9781665906227
ISBN-10: 1665906227
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 23rd, 2021
Pages: 128
Language: English