The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

Disreputable History Printz Honor, 2009. Finalist for the 2008 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Cybils Award for best young adult novel. Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year list. Richie’s Picks Best of 2008 List. Tayshas List, 2009. NY Times Notable Children’s Book list, 2008. School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, 2008. Library Journal’s list of Seattle Public Library’s Fiction Favorites of 2008. Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best List. Washington Post Best Kids Books of the Year. Booklist Editors’ Choice. Morning News Tournament of Books, 2009. SLJ Tournament of Kids Books. Rhode Island Teen Book Awards Finalist. 2010 Teens Top Ten. SLJ Battle of the Kids Books. Connecticut Nutmeg Award finalist, 2011. Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award finalist, 2011. Georgia Peach nominee, 2011.  Oregon Battle of the Books, 2010-2011. IRA YA Choices list.

Preview Disreputable History here.

“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

“Big ideas are an essential part of the fun in this sparkling tour de force….An exuberant, mischievous story, it scores its points memorably and lastingly.”
– Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Lockhart has transcended the chick-lit genre…A funny feminist manifesto that will delight the anti–Gossip Girl gang.” 
– Kirkus, starred review

“An empowered female hero like Frankie is a rare and refreshing find. She is the ultimate feminist role model for teens: a girl with guts and imagination who’s brave enough to take on the “old boy’s club.” — School Library Journal, starred review

“An extraordinary read and a book that will really brand E. Lockhart as a major league YA author.” — Richie’s Picks

“Lockhart creates a unique, indelible character in Frankie.”
 — Booklist, starred review

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14:
Debate Club.
Her father’s “bunny rabbit.”
A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15:
A knockout figure.
A sharp tongue.
A chip on her shoulder.
And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supremely goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston.

Frankie Laundau-Banks.
No longer the kind of girl to take “no” for an answer.
Especially when “no” means she’s excluded from her boyfriend’s all-male secret society.
Not when her ex boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places.
Not when she knows she’s smarter than any of them.
When she knows Matthew’s lying to her.
And when there are so many, many pranks to be done.

Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16:
Possibly a criminal mastermind.

This is the story of how she got that way.

A PDF file of the Hyperion Discussion Guide for The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.
Video of me reading from Disreputable History at the National Book Awards.
A PDF file of the Printz Honor speech I gave in 2009. And here, video of the same speech.
Audio recording: reading and chatting about the novel on Teaching Books.

Some interesting and spirited discussion of the book and its interpretations can be found at The Morning News Tournament of Books, here and here. More analysis of that whole business at the librarian blog, Tea Cozy — here and here.