Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Through the years movies and books like THE SKULLS, DEAD POET'S SOCIETY, A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY, and THE DA VINCI CODE have increased our fascination with secret societies. With the help of a quirky character named Frankie Landau-Banks, YA author E. Lockhart has managed to unlock some of the mystery behind that secret world.

Frankie at age 14 is mild-mannered and considered a good little girl by family members. Attending the prestigious Alabaster Preparatory Academy is a family tradition, but Frankie blends into the shadows and is anything but a stand-out.

Between her freshman and sophomore year, the hormones kick in and Frankie returns to the school where many barely recognize her. Along with the physical changes come many emotional ones. Frankie no longer wants to be known as the geeky little sis of older sister, now Berkley student, Zada. As Frankie becomes romantically involved with senior Matthew Livingston, she is introduced to the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds.

Growing up with an Alabaster alumni as a father, she has heard stories about the Basset Hounds, but hushed secrets of the group's activities never really interested her - until now. Frankie stumbles across one of the group's secret meetings and her fascination begins. A strong desire to play a more active role in Matthew's world and the disgust that only males are accepted as members, motivate Frankie to investigate this secret club more thoroughly.

THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS is the humor-filled tale of one girl's adventures as she goes from a meek and mild girl nicknamed "Bunny Rabbit" to a scheming, plotting mastermind of prep school pranks. To repeat an often over-used, but very appropriate phrase - it's "a real page-turner" you won't want to miss.

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