- Grades: 3 - 6
- Ages: 8 - 12
- Format: Paperback Book
Filled with rousing action and unpredictable outcomes, this wise and funny novel about the perils and privileges of free speech features a hero with a will of iron…and a heroine with a heart of gold!
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The action shifts into high gear when Nick resolves never, ever to use the word pen again. Instead, he'll call a pen a "frindle." Soon he has five trained operatives at work spreading the word throughout the school. They've taken the oath, too—never say "pen," only "frindle"—and before Nick can say "the frindle is mightier than the sword," the whole town is under his sway.
Mrs. Granger doesn't like it. She makes kids who say "frindle" stay after school and write one hundred times, "I am writing this punishment with a pen!" But there's little she can do to stop it. Because before long the word is on T-shirts, on the news, everywhere!
There's no telling how far the prank will go…or how Nick will feel about it now that it's completely out of his control.
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About the IllustratorBrian Selznick graduated from the Rhode Island School of Art and Design in 1988 and began working at Eeyore's Books for Children in New York City. His first book, The Houdini Box, was inspired by a fascination with the famous magician. Later he designed theater sets and worked as a professional puppeteer.
Selznick has illustrated both novels and picture books for other writers, but it was his illustrations for Barbara Kerley's The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins that won him a Caldecott Honor Award in 2002. In 2008, his groundbreaking book The Invention of Hugo Cabret was awarded the Caldecott Medal. Nominated for a National Book Award, it became the basis for Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning film Hugo. His follow-up illustrated novel, Wonderstruck, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list.
Selznick's cinematic style of storytelling is unique in children's literature, advancing the narrative with pictures as much as through words, and with such detail, nuance, and pure visual magic that readers feel they've completed an epic by the time they flip the final page.