Andrew Clements

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Janet Fisk Character Analysis

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 accuses her of making the bird noises that Nick is actually responsible for—and she thinks it's so funny, she joins Nick in tormenting their teacher. In fifth grade, Janet helps Nick come up with the idea to rename pens “frindles” when she finds a pen on their walk home one afternoon. She is one of the first of Nick's classmates who embraces the term, emphasizing the power of teamwork.

Janet Fisk Quotes in Frindle

The Frindle quotes below are all either spoken by Janet Fisk or refer to Janet Fisk. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 1 Quotes

For the rest of Nick's fourth-grade year, at least once a week, Mrs. Avery heard a loud "peeeeep" from somewhere in her classroom—sometimes it was a high-pitched chirp, and sometimes it was a very high-pitched chirp.

Related Characters: Nick Allen, Janet Fisk, Mrs. Avery
Page Number: 5
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Chapter 6 Quotes

Then when Nick went to preschool, he learned that if he wanted his teacher and the other kids to understand him, he had to use the word music. But gwagala meant that nice sound to Nick, because Nick said so. Who says gwagala means music? "You do, Nicholas."

Page Number: 34-35
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Nick didn't say "pen." Instead, he said, "Here's your... frindle."

"Frindle?" Janet took her pen and looked at him like he was nuts. She wrinkled her nose and said, "What's a frindle?"

Related Characters: Janet Fisk (speaker)
Page Number: 35
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And when she asked, the lady reached right for the pens and said, "Blue or black?"

Nick was standing one aisle away at the candy racks, and he was grinning.

Frindle was a real world. It meant pen. Who says frindle means pen? "You do, Nicholas."

Related Characters: Nick Allen, Mrs. Granger, Janet Fisk
Page Number: 35
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Janet Fisk Character Timeline in Frindle

The timeline below shows where the character Janet Fisk appears in Frindle. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: Nick
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...blackbird noise but Mrs. Avery couldn't identify which student was doing it. She wrongfully accused Janet Fisk but apologized when she realized she’d made a mistake. Nick apologized to Janet at... (full context)
Chapter 6: The Big Idea
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Later that afternoon, Nick and Janet walk home together. They walk one after the other on the edge of the curb,... (full context)
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Absorbed in his thoughts, Nick bumps into Janet, knocking her off the curb and sending the gold pen flying. Nick apologizes, picks up... (full context)
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...friends goes in after school and asks the lady for a frindle. By the time Janet asks for a frindle on the sixth day, the lady knows exactly what she's talking... (full context)