THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS
New York : Hyperion, 2008
This effervescent novel is part mystery, part romance, and part case study of a unique girl named Frankie Landau–Banks. Between her freshman and sophomore years at elite Alabaster Preparatory Academy, Frankie blossoms from a scrawny, awkward child into a beautiful, curvaceous young lady. She immediately catches the eye of popular senior Matthew Livingston, who draws Frankie into his influential circle of friends. When she discovers that he’s a part of an all–male secret society called the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds, she hopes he will include her or, at the very least, confide in her about the group. But Frankie slowly realizes that although Matthew finds her adorable, he will never welcome her into his boys–only club. Increasingly dissatisfied with her role as Matthew’s arm candy, Frankie capitalizes on a family connection to the Basset Hounds to infiltrate their network and mastermind a series of pranks that shakes up the entire school. How does she orchestrate the, um, bosomy Library Lady, Night of a Thousand Dogs, the Canned Beet Rebellion, and the Abduction of the Guppy? And can she possibly get away with it? Read The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau–Banks to find out! (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards Program, 2009-2010)
Reputable—enjoying good repute; held in esteem.
Frankie was born Frances Rose
Landau-Banks, but her father wanted a boy named after himself, so she became
Frankie (although her father also called her “Bunny Rabbit”). Frankie was
an ordinary, smart-but-easily-overlooked girl until the summer of her 15th
year. With her sophomore year approaching, she bloomed, and with
this flowering, she became a force to be reckoned with.
Former ugly duckling Frankie Landau-Banks returns to her elite boarding school tired of being underestimated. She infiltrates her boyfriend?s all-male secret society and begins to orchestrate their elaborate pranks. The unexpected consequences could change her life forever. (Florida Teen Reads nominee, 2010)
Frankie Landau-Banks is a sophomore
at the elite Alabaster school. She has a popular senior boyfriend, people
seem to like her, she gets good grades, etc. She should be happy with her
life, right? Well, not so much. Frankie is tired of accepting the roles
society has chosen for her. When her boyfriend says she’s adorable, she
wonders why he doesn’t say that she’s brilliant. Anyway, Frankie knows
that her boyfriend and several other of the school’s most popular guys
are members of the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds, a secret all-male
society in which her father was a member during his days at Alabaster.
Frankie is tired of being left out of the club’s dealings, so she decides
to infiltrate it and pose as their leader. It works, and these guys have
no idea that she’s the one pulling their strings. Of course, as is the
way of things, chaos inevitably ensues, and Frankie and the Bassets must
face up to what has been going on. Will Frankie be exposed in her quest
for power? Will she go back to being a docile little girl content with
her place in the world? What will happen to the Loyal Order of the Basset
Hounds? Read The Disreputable History of Frankie-Landau Banks to discover
the damage an ambitious, brilliant, angry high school sophomore can wreak
on the unsuspecting world around her.
Secret societies -- Fiction.
Teenage girls -- Fiction.
High schools -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.