The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart

disreputablehistory“December 14, 2007

To: Headmaster Richmond and the Board of Directors, Alabaster Preparatory Academy

I, Frankie Landau-Banks, hereby confess that I was the sole mastermind behind the mal-doings of the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds. I take full responsibility for the disruptions caused by the Order-including the Library Lady, the Doggies in the Window, the Night of a Thousand Dogs, the Canned Beet Rebellion, and the abduction of the Guppy.

That is, I wrote the directives telling everyone what to do.

I, and I alone.

No matter what Porter Welsch told you in his statement.

Of course, the dogs of the Order are human beings with free will. They contributed their labor under no explicit compunction. I did not threaten them or coerce them in any way, and if they chose to follow my instructions, it was not because they feared retribution. “

This is not how it began, but how it ended.

Frankie Landau Banks, former geeky Freshman, now just another pretty sophomore dating a popular senior. She is a girl who most people underestimated.

No one suspected she was the one who organized a series of elaborate pranks that shake up the school and enrages administration. Pranks that might ruin one student’s future.

No one, not even the Alabaster Prep Academy’s secret all male society The Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds, the group who pull off the pranks suspects Frankie is the mastermind behind the pranks.

No, not even her boyfriend, the co-learder of the Basset Hounds, suspects that Frankie Landau Banks is a criminal mastermind.

Yes, no one will underestimate Frankie Landau Banks ever again.



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