What a funny book! This was the first Andre Clements book I ever read. I liked it so much that I have read AND enjoyed several other books by him. Nick Allen decides to create a new word to replace the word pen, an idea that appeals to kids who want to change the world in some way. All of the adventures that Nick has are really fun. This is the kind of book that kids like even if it is not exactly at their reading level. For the record Andrew Clements was my brother's favorite author for a while so there is definitely appeal for boys and girls!