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Emily Jenkins
Born September 13, 1967[1]
New York City, New York[2]
Pen name E. Lockhart
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Period 1996–present
Genre Children's picture books, young-adult fiction
Notable works
  • Toys Go Out series
  • The Boyfriend List (Ruby Oliver series)
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

Emily Jenkins (born 1967), who also writes under the name E. Lockhart,[3] is an American writer of children's picture books, young-adult novels, and adult fiction. She is known best for the Toys Go Out picture book series (from 2006) and the Ruby Oliver novels for teens (from 2005).

Personal life[edit]

Jenkins grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Seattle, Washington.[2] In high school she attended summer drama schools at Northwestern University and the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis.[2] She attended Lakeside School, a private high school in North Seattle.[citation needed] She went to Vassar College—where she studied illustrated books and interviewed Barry Moser for her senior thesis[4]—and graduate school at Columbia University, where she earned a doctorate in English literature.[2] She currently lives in the New York City area.[2]


Jenkins's first book as by E. Lockhart was a novel, The Boyfriend List, published by Random House Dell Delacorte Press in 2005. There are three sequels, The Boy Book (2006), The Treasure Map of Boys (2009), and Real Live Boyfriends (2010), and the four are also known collectively as the Ruby Oliver novels after their central protagonist. Another novel for teens, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (2008), was a finalist for both the National Book Award for Young People's Literature[5] and the Michael L. Printz Award.[2] We Were Liars made the shortlist of four books for the 2014 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.[6][7] The annual prize judged by British children's writers recognizes the best book published in the U.K. by a writer who has not previously won it.

Under her real name Jenkins has collaborated with illustrators to produce children's picture books. They have received honors including the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Book Award (the original Toys Go Out, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky)[8] and two runners-up for Boston Globe–Horn Book Award (Five Creatures, illus. Tomek Bogacki, and That New Animal, illus. Pierre Pratt).[9]


Children's books by Emily Jenkins[edit]

  • The Secret Life of Billie's Uncle Myron, co-written with her father Len Jenkin (no 's')[10][11] (Macmillan/Henry Holt BYR, 1996) – "a middle-grade fantasy adventure novel with lots of jokes"[12] OCLC 34245145
  • Five Creatures, illustrated by Tomek Bogacki, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Frances Foster, 2001)
  • My Favorite Thing (According to Alberta), Anna Laura Cantone (Simon & Schuster/Anne Schwartz, 2004)
  • Daffodil, Tomek Bogacki (FSG/FF, 2004)
  • That New Animal, Pierre Pratt (FSG/FF, 2005)
  • Daffodil, Crocodile, Tomek Bogacki (FSG/FF, 2006)
  • Love You When You Whine, Sergio Ruzzier (FSG/FF, 2006)
  • Toys Go Out: being the adventures of a knowledgable stingray, a toughy little buffalo, and someone called Plastic, Paul O. Zelinsky (Random House/Schwartz & Wade, 2006) – a book of stories
  • Bea and Haha board books, Tomek Bogacki (FSG/FF, 2006): 1. Num, num, num!; 2. Hug, hug, hug!; 3. Plong, plonk, plonk!; 4. Up, up, up
  • What Happens on Wednesdays, Lauren Castillo (FSG/FF, 2007)
  • Skunkdog, Pierre Pratt (FSG/Frances Foster, 2008)
  • The Little Bit Scary People, Alexandra Boiger (Hyperion BFC, 2008)
  • Toy Dance Party: being the further adventures of a bossy-boots stingray, a courageous buffalo, and a hopeful round someone called Plastic, Paul Zelinsky (2008)
  • Sugar Would Not Eat It, Giselle Potter (RH/S&W, 2009)
  • Small Medium Large, Tomek Bogacki (Cambridge, MA: Star Bright Books, 2011)
  • Toys Come Home: being the early experiences of an intelligent stingray, a brave buffalo, and a brand-new someone called Plastic, Paul Zelinsky (RH/S&W, 2011)
  • Invisible Inkling, Harry Bliss (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, 2011) – a novel
  • Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money, G. Brian Karas (RH/S&W, 2012)
  • Dangerous Pumpkins, Harry Bliss (H/B+B, 2012) – Invisible Inkling #3
  • The Whoopie Pie War, Harry Bliss (H/B+B, 2013) – Invisible Inkling #3
  • Water in the Park, Stephanie Graegin (RH/S&W, 2013)
  • A Fine Dessert, Sophie Blackall (RH/S&W, 2014)[13]
  • Princessland, Barbara McClintock (FSG/FF, 2014)[14]
  • Toys Meet Snow: being the wintertime adventures of a curious stuffed buffalo, a sensitive plush stingray, and a book-loving rubber ball, Paul Zelinsky (RH/S&W, forthcoming 2015)[15]

Adult books by Emily Jenkins[edit]

  • Tongue First: Adventures in Physical Culture (1998) – essays[10]
  • Mister Posterior and the Genius Child (Berkley Books, 2002) – a novel[10]

Young-adult books by E. Lockhart[edit]

  • The Boyfriend List: (15 guys, 11 shrink appointments, 4 ceramic frogs, and me, Ruby Oliver) (Random House/Delacorte Press, 2005)
  • Fly on the Wall: how one girl saw everything (Delacorte BYR, 2006) – young-adult contemporary fantasy[16]
  • The Boy Book: a study of habits and behaviors, plus techniques for taming them (Delacorte, 2006)
  • Dramarama (Hyperion, 2007)
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (Hyperion, 2008)
  • How To Be Bad (HarperTeen, 2008), by Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Myracle
  • The Treasure Map of Boys: Noel, Jackson, Finn, Hutch, Gideon—and me, Ruby Oliver (Delacorte, 2009)
  • Real Live Boyfriends: yes, boyfriends, plural, if my life weren't complicated I wouldn't be Ruby Oliver (2010) – Ruby Oliver #4 (senior year), the finale[2]
  • We Were Liars (Delacorte, 2014)


  1. ^ Library of Congress Authorities cites a 2002 phone call to publisher.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "FAQ". e. lockhart: i write novels (emilylockhart.com). Last updated February 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-16.
  3. ^ "How to Be Bad". Donna Freitas. The New York Times. August 15, 2008. Retrieved 2014-07-16.
      Review of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.
  4. ^ "Emily Jenkins". Macmillan Publishers. Retrieved 2014-07-16.
  5. ^ 2008 National Book Award Finalist, Young People's Literature: E. Lockhart. National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2014-07-16. With linked audio-video reading.
  6. ^ "The Guardian children's fiction prize longlist 2014 – in pictures". The Guardian. 28 June 2014. Retrieved 2015-01-21.
  7. ^ "Guardian children's fiction award shortlist 2014". Emily Drabble. The Guardian. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 2015-01-21.
  8. ^ "Toys Go Out". Emily Jenkins (emilyjenkins.com). Retrieved 2014-07-16.
  9. ^ "Seven Impossible Interviews Before Breakfast #5: Emily Jenkins — One of Our Favorite Writers (According to Us)". Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast: a blog about books (sevenimpossiblethings.com). February 7, 2007. Retrieved 2014-07-16. Interview with length introduction, by Eisha and Jules.
  10. ^ a b c "Emily Jenkins" (about). Emily Jenkins (emilyjenkins.com). Retrieved 2014-07-16.
  11. ^ http://www.lenjenkin.com/biography.htm
  12. ^ http://emilyjenkins.com/unclemyron.html
  13. ^ http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/4977960-a-fine-dessert---part-1 (part 1 of 7 or more). Sophie Blackall, illustrator. Part 1, Oct 3, 2013; Part 7, Jan 24, 2014. "As I threatened a few weeks ago, I am sharing the whole messy process of this book, A Fine Dessert, written by Emily Jenkins ..." (Part 5, Nov 4, 2013).
  14. ^ http://emilyjenkins.com/forthcoming.html
  15. ^ http://lccn.loc.gov/2014010935
  16. ^ http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?1522255

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