Nick is the ten-year-old protagonist of the novel. He's known for his big ideas, which he often deploys to annoy his teachers and undermine their power. Fifth grade, however, presents new challenges for Nick, as… read analysis of Nick Allen
Mrs. Granger, Nick’s teacher, is the only fifth grade language arts teacher at Lincoln Elementary. She's a small older woman who only wears skirt suits, and she can "turn on" her eyes in such… read analysis of Mrs. Granger
A local businessman in Westfield. At the age of 19, Bud began buying fast-food restaurants in Westfield and before long became the richest man in town. He's always on the lookout for a new investment… read analysis of Bud Lawrence
One of Nick's classmates. She lives in Nick's neighborhood and, like most of their classmates, thinks that Nick's schemes are amusing. Because of this, she doesn't hold it against him when Mrs. Avery wrongfully… read analysis of Janet Fisk
Nick's mother. It's implied that Mrs. Allen is the parent truly responsible for the "homework first" rule, which states that Nick and James must complete their homework before they can play. When Mrs. Chatham… read analysis of Mrs. Allen
Nick's dad. He owns a hardware store in Westfield, and though he's proud of Nick for inventing a new word, he also wants the madness and attention to stop. Because of this, Mr. Allen… read analysis of Mr. Allen
A reporter for The Westfield Gazette. She's intrigued when she hears about a revolt going on at Lincoln Elementary and conducts interviews with Mrs. Chatham, Mrs. Granger, and a group of students… read analysis of Judy Morgan
Nick's fourth-grade teacher; he thought she looked like a hawk. Because of this, when Nick learned that some small birds can create high-pitched sounds that confuse birds of prey, he began making those noises… read analysis of Mrs. Avery
Nick's third grade teacher. She was a first-year teacher when she had Nick as a student, which made her particularly naïve and susceptible to his tricks: over the course of a week, he orchestrated… read analysis of Miss Deaver
Nick's older brother. He's about ten years older than Nick and is in college for the bulk of the novel. When Nick turns 21 and assumes control of the money from the frindle trust fund, he gives James some of the money to help send his kids to college.
The secretary at Lincoln Elementary. When Mrs. Granger starts keeping hundreds of students after school for detention for using "frindle," Mrs. Freed quickly becomes annoyed and overwhelmed by it all—she spends most of her time fielding calls from annoyed parents and the school superintendent.
A part-time employee at the local CBS station. When she reads Judy Morgan's article about "frindle" in The Westfield Gazette, Alice knows it'll be a big story. The story goes on to be Alice's first story to make the national news.