E Lockhart Biography & Facts
Emily Jenkins (born September 13, 1967), who sometimes uses the pen name E. Lockhart, 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.
Jenkins grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Seattle, Washington. In high school she attended summer drama schools at Northwestern University and the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis. She attended Lakeside School, a private high school in North Seattle. She went to Vassar College—where she studied illustrated books and interviewed Barry Moser for her senior thesis—and graduate school at Columbia University, where she earned a doctorate in English literature. She currently lives in the New York City area.
Jenkins writes as E. Lockhart for the young adult market; "Lockhart" was the family name of her mother's mother. 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 and the Michael L. Printz Award. We Were Liars made the shortlist of four books for the 2014 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. 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) and two runners-up for Boston Globe–Horn Book Award (Five Creatures, illus. Tomek Bogacki, and That New Animal, illus. Pierre Pratt).
Children's books by Emily Jenkins
The Secret Life of Billie's Uncle Myron, co-written with her father Len Jenkin (no 's') (Macmillan/Henry Holt BYR, 1996) – "a middle-grade fantasy adventure novel with lots of jokes" 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/Frances Foster, 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 Knowledgeable 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. Plonk, 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 O. Zelinsky (2008)
Sugar Would Not Eat It, Giselle Potter (Schwartz & Wade, 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 O. Zelinsky (Schwartz & Wade, 2011)
Invisible Inkling, Harry Bliss (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, 2011) – a novel
Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money, G. Brian Karas (Schwartz & Wade, 2012)
Dangerous Pumpkins, Harry Bliss (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, 2012) – Invisible Inkling #2
The Whoopie Pie War, Harry Bliss (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, 2013) – Invisible Inkling #3
Water in the Park, Stephanie Graegin (Schwartz & Wade, 2013)
A Fine Dessert, Sophie Blackall (Schwartz & Wade, 2014)
Princessland, Barbara McClintock (FSG/FF, 2014)
Toys Meet Snow: Being the Wintertime Adventures of a Curious Stuffed Buffalo, a Sensitive Plush Stingray, and a Book-Loving Rubber Ball, Paul O. Zelinsky (Schwartz & Wade, 2015)
The Fun Book of Scary Stuff (FSG, 2015)
Tiger and Badger, Marie-Louise Gay (Candlewick, 2016)Adult books by Emily Jenkins
Tongue First: Adventures in Physical Culture (1998) – essays
Mister Posterior and the Genius Child (Berkley Books, 2002) – a novelYoung-adult books by E. Lockhart
The Boyfriend List: (15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs, and Me, Ruby Oliver) (Random House/Delacorte Press, 2005) This novel has been suggested as a great novel to co-teach with The Scarlet Letter for high school students.
Fly on the Wall: How One Girl Saw Everything (Delacorte BYR, 2006) – young-adult contemporary fantasy
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)
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
We Were Liars (Delacorte, 2014)
Genuine Fraud (Delacorte, 2017)as co-author
How To Be Bad (HarperTeen, 2008), by Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Myracle
The Upside-Down Magic series (by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins)Upside-Down Magic
Sticks & Stones
Weather or Not
The Big ShrinkReferences
Official website (Emily Jenkins) with biographical essay
Official website (E. Lockhart) with biography
The Boyfriend List (E. Lockhart blog)
The Reading Public and the Illustrated Novel, 1890-1914 (Columbia University, 1998) – Jenkins's dissertation for a PhD in 19th-century English literature
Emily Jenkins at Library of Congress Authorities, with 28 catalog records (1996–present)
E. Lockhart at Library of Congress Authorities, with 10 catalog records (2005–present). Discover the E Lockhart popular books. Find the top 100 most popular E Lockhart books.