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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banksby E. Lockhart
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Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14:
Her father's "bunny rabbit."
A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.
Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15:
Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16:
This is the story of how she got that way.
Frances ("Frankie") Landau-Banks takes on the next generation of the old boys network in this smart, snappy novel, another National Book Award finalist. Frustrated to find herself marginalized as "cute" and "adorable" at the prestigious prep school where she is a sophomore, Frankie infiltrates the rather disorganized all-male secret society to which her boyfriend belongs. Her anonymous e-mails soon... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review) have the boys playing pranks that, while funny, also question the school's traditions and prescribed gender roles. When her identity is discovered, Frankie must contend with the fallout (possible expulsion from school, lost friendships, angry parents) that comes with shaking up the status quo. But as one abashed senior confesses to her: "I significantly underestimated you. I don't actually think it is possible to overestimate you." Children's author Mary Quattlebaum teaches classes in writing for children, blogs on nature-themed kids' books for the National Wildlife Federation and reviews regularly for The Washington Post Book World. Reviewed by Mary Quattlebaum, Washington Post Book World (Copyright 2006 Washington Post Book World Service/Washington Post Writers Group)
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"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." School Library Journal
"Readers are left to make up their own minds about this unique, multifaceted individual while giving her the space — and the attention — she so craves." Horn Book Magazine
"A funny feminist manifesto that will delight the anti-Gossip Girl gang." Kirkus Reviews
"Lockhart creates a unique, indelible character in Frankie, whose oddities only make her more realistic, and teens will be galvanized by her brazen action and her passionate, immediate questions about gender and power, individuals and institutions, and how to fall in love without losing herself." Booklist
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When Emma Sasha Silver loses her eyesight in a nightmare accident, she must relearn everything from walking across the street to recognizing her own sisters to imagining colors. One of seven children, Emma used to be the invisible kid, but now it seems everyone is watching her. And just as shes about to start high school and try to recover her friendships and former life, one of her classmates is found dead in an apparent suicide. Fifteen and blind, Emma has to untangle what happened and why—in order to see for herself what makes life worth living.
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About the Author
E. Lockhart is the author of The Boyfriend List, Fly on the Wall, and The Boy Book. She once portrayed both Peter Quince and a tree in a drama school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, wearing an electric-blue unitard. Her theatrical career ended soon after.
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