Must-reads by author E. Lockhart
They are fun, witty, suspenseful, and a great read
Emily Jenkins, better known by her pen name E. Lockhart is an American writer of children’s picture books, young-adult novels, and adult fiction. The 54-year-old author is best known for her works like the Ruby Oliver quartet, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and We Were Liars. The author in her career has concentrated on writing more children’s books which also include illustrations. The incredibility of her writing and wit has won her various international literature awards, such as National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Book Award, and Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. From below, pick your E. Lockhart books to read.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
This young-adult novel narrates the story of Frances ‘Frankie’ Landau-Banks, the main character. The book follows her life as she is in her sophomore year at a boarding school, exploring the themes of feminism, class and privilege, and friendship and loyalty. During her learning at Alabaster Prep when, Frankie Landau-Banks encounters the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds, an all-male secret society. As the plot moves forward, it brings a girl she cannot join and feels left out of society. It is at this time when one of the leaders, Alpha, leaves school for a few days, and Frankie seizes the opportunity of directing the Basset Hounds.
One of the early works of Lockhart, this book is quite different from the rest of her works. This book brings to the fore complex issues of acceptance, forgiveness, self-discovery, and possibility. Narrated through a teenage girl, Adelaide Buchwald, showing her struggles and who is in an attempt to regain some sense of normalcy in her life after a family crisis and a broken heart. The writing is raw and funny at the same time, leaving you with surprises at every turn of the page.
This is a psychological suspense novel that tells the story of two young people, Jule, who is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete; and Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat. Amidst an intense friendship, disappearance, murder, and bad romance, the narration captivates the audience for the surprises it keeps throwing at the readers.
A few others of E. Lockhart’s works are Mister Posterior and the Genius Child, The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys, Real Live Boyfriends, and Tongue First: Adventures in Physical Culture.