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Monday, March 02, 2009

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks - E. Lockhart

I LOVED listening to this 2009 Printz honoree. It's a very fun story about a high school girl who decides it's completely unfair that she, because she's a girl, cannot join the secret Basset Hound Society that her boyfriend belongs to. Especially since her dad was one of the early members of the group. So she comes up with a way to infiltrate the society without anyone knowing it's her...and she does some amazingly creative projects. Well, she orchestrates the projects anyway. She can't really DO any of them herself, of course, or she'd get caught.

I thought this story was very cleverly crafted, with an awesomely strong female character. She is a little obsessed with her boyfriend, but that's pretty true to form for teenage girls, even though I'm not thrilled with that idea. And, she doesn't quite think things all the way through sometimes, but she does take responsibility when things go haywire. And things do go haywire, because whenever you undertake to overthrow a group, there will be some serious consequences. That's not to say it's not worth it, but you need to be ready. I'm not sure Frankie was entirely ready.

This book is a great read, but it does have a lot of smarty-pants vocabulary in it because Frankie is a smart girl, so you need to be a strong reader to enjoy it.

Available at the WOMS library.

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