The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

By Emily Lockhart


As a girl, Frankie knows she is supposed to play by the rules, but the rules were made by Old Boys for boys and therefore are not her rules to begin with.

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It would be a mistake to underestimate this novel - or its protagonist...[Frankie] will challenge girls' images of themselves, who they are in relation to boys and why...The novel holds out the hope that a girl like Frankie - who has above all an unwillingness to settle -could grow up to change the world. THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY not only delivers the line, but somehow makes you believe it is true. The New York Times adorably warm and funny ... The Guardian engaging and clever... a challenging and thought-provoking writer for teenage girls... This is a life-affirming, funny, thoroughly modern take on feminism and should have girls rooting for her every step of the way. Lockhart has given us a believable and inspirational heroine for our time. -- Sally Morris Daily Mail

Author Biography

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks is a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book, a finalist for the National Book Award, and winner of a Cybils Award for Best Young Adult Novel. E Lockhart is the author of nine novels, including the bestselling We Were Liars. Visit her online at: or on Twitter: @elockhart