Friday, September 2, 2011


It's the first week of school and I'm celebrating with a week of Middle Grade reviews.

Frindle is pure joy. What started as Nick Allen's attempt to stall his language arts class leads to the creation of the word "frindle" for "pen". Suddenly, the word grows in popularity and sweeps the nation, changing the lives of Nick and his teacher, Mrs. Granger. 

I can't think of a better way to celebrate the end of the first week of school than with Nick and Mrs. Granger, both mischievous in their own ways. Nick is the class busybody and will be instantly relatable to similar students in my class. Hopefully, the superstrict Mrs. Granger won't be familiar to them! I really love stories about teachers that seem mean but are secretly benevolent. Mrs. Granger joins the ranks of my literary teacher heroes.

This would be a great book for a read-aloud but will also appeal to dormant readers. While the cover may skew younger, the plot would be enjoyable for readers through the eighth grade. I know that I will be very busy lending out Frindle this year.

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