Andrew Clements’ Frindle is a rare children’s book, being not only engaging entertainment, courtesy of a charismatic and charming boy narrator, but also a reflective critique regarding the power of words and leadership. Nick Allen has just entered the fifth-grade, and the classroom of the notorious Mrs. Granger, the school’s only fifth-grade language arts teacher. Mrs. Granger has a deep love and respect for dictionaries, and her keen, understanding teaching style allow her to quickly catch on to Nick’s penchant for delaying tactics. Nick is the master of revolutionary ideas, and while not your typical troublemaker, he is the undisputed preceptor of time-wasting mechanisms. When Mrs. Granger initially thwarts his plans, Nick launches a scheme to creatively attack her belief in the inflexibility of words. He decides to rename the word “pen” with the titular name, “frindle”, and the student anarchy that arises as a result makes an everlasting impression on Nick’s life, and the rest of the world. Frindle is inherently loveable, and readers will be intrigued by the sly kinship between Nick and Mrs. Granger. Clements delivers a novel ridden with laughs and spirited thematic discourse guaranteed to launch thought-provoking discussion.