The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

Finalist, National Book Awards 2008 for Young People's Literature

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart book cover, 2008.
ISBN 9780786838189

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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 is 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.

Judges Citation

In The Disreputable History of Frankie-Landau Banks, E. Lockhart brilliantly explores power dynamics at an elite boarding school. Sixteen-year-old Frankie, frustrated by the exclusion from her school’s all-male secret society, infiltrates the group, sending the unknowing boys on a spree of ingenious pranks. The protagonist experiments with grammar to hilarious effect, and serves as an inspiration to teenage girls who aren’t content being relegated to arm-candy status. Subversive and clever, this young adult novel is a stunning story of gender, entitlement, and the making of an anti-heroine.