Dear E. Lockhart

We love you. You could even say we heart you, because we love puns. Your writing is outstanding. It is funny and heartfelt, and you always give us characters to care about deeply. We love the fact that you write stories as a feminist and are proud of it. You write strong characters that we can love and relate to and characters we aspire to be more like ourselves. Sometimes we see ourselves in your characters and we feel comforted that we are in good company. Frankie Landau-Banks must be one of the most fierce, relatable and independent teenage feminists we’ve ever read about, and we love her to bits. Thank you Ms Lockhart for giving us all these wonderful things.

With love and respect,

R n R

E. Lockhart a.k.a. Emily Lockhart real name Emily Jenkins has written a whole bunch of books – picture books under her own name and young adult novels under the name E. Lockhart. She’s taken a similar route to JK Rowling by not displaying her full name (and therefore her gender) on her books which we hope has been successful at getting more people to read her wonderful books! (However we are still saddened that this is a factor in people’s reading decisions :()

Emily has contributed essays to feminist collections which we sadly don’t have in our library collection, but we’re sure they would be great! She lists Joan Aiken, Astrid Lindgren, C. S. Lewis, J. M. Barrie, P. G. Wodehouse, Maurice Sendak, Roald Dahl, Rosemary Wells and Kay Thompson as some of her writing influences and inspiration.

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We have all of E. Lockhart’s young adult books in our collection, here are the links so that you can reserve them!
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (our favourite!) is about the misadventures of a teen at a very expensive private school. Not the misadventures you’re thinking of though, Frankie takes on a male-only secret society and races to solve a decades old mystery.
The Boyfriend List (and the sequels The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys and Real Live Boyfriends) which all star the wonderful Ruby Oliver and her agonizingly funny exploits as she learns there is life outside her high school universe.
Fly on the Wall which we talked about in this post.
Dramarama which is about two theater-mad, self-invented, fabulositon Ohio teenagers and their summer at drama camp. It’s a summer of hormones, gold lamé, hissy fits, jazz hands, true love, and unitards that will determine their future–and test their friendship.

We hope you enjoy her books as much as we do!