not plain; decorative or ornamented
She bent down and picked up a gold ballpoint pen, the
consume all of one's attention or time
They were at the corner of their own street, and Nick had bumped into her, completely
absorbed in his thoughts.
concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities
Half an hour later, a group of
serious fifth graders had a meeting in Nick’s play room.
greater in scope or effect
School was the perfect place to launch a new word, and since this was a
major historical event, Nick wanted it to begin in exactly the right class—seventh-period language arts.
Sitting three rows away, John
blurted out, “I have an extra one you can borrow, Nick.”
an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions
And then John made a big show of throwing it over to Nick, and Nick missed it on
(followed by `to') in agreement with or accordant with
And the rest of the class went by
according to plan—her plan.
give extra weight to (a communication)
"I’d like to have ... a word with you,” and she
emphasized the word word.
throw into disorder
“It’s a funny idea, Nicholas, but I will not have my class
an announcement containing information about an event
The day after the class picture she made an announcement to each of her classes, and she posted a
notice on the main bulletin board by the office.
the state of being honored
Staying after school with The Lone Granger became a badge of
a punishment in which a student must stay at school after others have gone home
“This is not
quickly and without warning
Then Mrs. Granger stood up
abruptly and said, “Then that is all for today, Nicholas."
make arrangements for
The principal had to stay late to help, and they had to
arrange two special late buses to get all the kids home.
engage as a participant
And then the school board and the superintendent got
organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another
Then while Nick’s parents listened, Mrs. Chatham laid out the story as she saw it—Nick encouraging the other kids to use his new word, Mrs. Granger forbidding it, the ruined fifth-grade class picture, hundreds of kids staying after school, and a general feeling that there was a
rebellion at school, with no one respecting the rules anymore.
an excited state of agitation
“But doesn’t all this seem like a lot of
fuss about something pretty silly?”
the ideal in terms of which something can be judged
But Mrs. Granger thinks that it’s rather like keeping children from saying ‘ain’t’—there have to be
(usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others
It’s the lack of respect for
an important question that is in dispute and must be settled
“Well, yes . . . but . . . well, as I said, the word ain’t and even the word frindle—these are not the real
issue here,” said Mrs. Chatham.
willful wanton and malicious destruction of the property of others
"I mean, it’s not like
vandalism or stealing or something like that...”
exhibiting lack of respect; rude and discourteous
“I haven’t been
disturbing the public peace; loud and rough
There was the occasional burglary, the teenagers got
rowdy once in a while, and there was some shouting at the town council or the planning board now and then.
a newspaper or official journal
But mostly, things were calm and orderly in Westfield, and every Thursday The Westfield
Gazette proved it.
a step in walking or running
She stepped back two
paces, aimed her camera at the notice, and snapped a photo.
a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement
Some kids have been playing a
prank, and it was time to put a stop to it.
fraudulent; having a misleading appearance
The principal’s laugh sounded
phony to Judy Morgan.
a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty
They are just having some fun, and it’s more like a difference of
strew or distribute over an area
There were about fifteen children sitting at desks
scattered around the room, busy writing out their one hundred sentences.
having a pattern of dots
Judy noticed Mrs. Granger’s eyes right away—gray maybe
flecked with a little gold, and very sharp, but not hard or mean.
and nothing more
merely helping my students to see that this foolishness should stop.
make a prediction about; tell in advance
predict that this fad will fade.
take into one's family
The kids giggled, and a tall boy with reddish-brown hair and glasses said, “Mrs. Granger has kept Nick after school so much that everyone thinks she wants to
put an address on (an envelope)
The next morning a brown envelope arrived at the Gazette offices
addressed to Judy Morgan, and below her name was written “Frindle Story.”
become wrinkled or drawn together
The reporter looked closely and saw that each kid was holding up a pen, and each little mouth was
puckered in the same way.