E. Lockhart

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Emily Jenkins
BornSeptember 13, 1967[1]
New York City, New York[2]
Pen nameE. Lockhart
GenreChildren's picture books, young adult fiction
Notable works
  • The Boyfriend List (Ruby Oliver series)
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

Emily Jenkins (born 1967), who sometimes uses the pen 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 Ruby Oliver quartet (which begins with The Boyfriend List), The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and We Were Liars.

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 writes as E. Lockhart for the young adult market; "Lockhart" was the family name of her mother's mother.[5] Her first book by 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[6] and the Michael L. Printz Award.[2] We Were Liars made the shortlist of four books for the 2014 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.[7][8] The annual prize judged by British children's writers recognizes the year's best U.K.-published book 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)[9] and two runners-up for Boston Globe–Horn Book Award (Five Creatures, illus. Tomek Bogacki, and That New Animal, illus. Pierre Pratt).[10]


Children's books by Emily Jenkins[edit]

Adult books by Emily Jenkins[edit]

Young-adult books by E. Lockhart[edit]


  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. ^ "Biography". e. lockhart: i write novels (emilylockhart.com). Retrieved 2015-01-31.
  6. ^ 2008 National Book Award Finalist, Young People's Literature: E. Lockhart. National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2014-07-16. With linked audio-video reading.
  7. ^ "The Guardian children's fiction prize longlist 2014 – in pictures". The Guardian. 28 June 2014. Retrieved 2015-01-21.
  8. ^ "Guardian children's fiction award shortlist 2014". Emily Drabble. The Guardian. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 2015-01-21.
  9. ^ "Toys Go Out". Emily Jenkins (emilyjenkins.com). Retrieved 2014-07-16.
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ a b c "Emily Jenkins" (about). Emily Jenkins (emilyjenkins.com). Retrieved 2014-07-16.
  12. ^ http://www.lenjenkin.com/biography.htm
  13. ^ http://emilyjenkins.com/unclemyron.html
  14. ^ (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).
  15. ^ http://emilyjenkins.com/forthcoming.html
  16. ^ http://lccn.loc.gov/2014010935
  17. ^ http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?1522255

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