After thinking about how words are first created, fifth grader Nick decides to create a new word for pen-- "Frindle." The word catches on with all the other students, much to the chagrin of tough fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Granger. The innovative plot and likable main character will keep kids turning the pages, especially those amused by the questioning of authority figures. Though the book lacks much suspense and unpredictability, readers will care enough about Nick to remain engaged throughout the book's 105 pages; the lack of suspense also makes Frindle a great choice for advanced younger readers. With the help of a handful of detailed pencil drawings by Brian Selznick scattered throughout the text, readers get a great sense of Nick, Lincoln Elementary School, and the town of Westfield.