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FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS discussion, pt 3: The Great Alpha Debate

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Published on Apr 29, 2012

A (spoiler-filled!) analysis of THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS by E. Lockhart in fifteen parts.

In this video, Rebecca and Kristin discuss their conflicting feelings on Alpha as a character. Rebecca's hate for Alpha is directly connected to her hate of Matthew, starting at the beginning of the book when Alpha plays games with Frankie for no real reason. Kristin finds Alpha disgusting, but she appreciates that he actually listens to Frankie, and thinks he needs to interact with someone who pushes back against him.

Our round-table discussion included, from left to right: Kristin Cashore, bestselling author of GRACELING, FIRE, and the upcoming BITTERBLUE; Deborah Kaplan, professor at the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children's Literature; and Amy Stern, assistant agent at the Sheldon Fogelman Agency. Because our fourth participant, children's literature critic Rebecca Rabinowitz, has a physical disability (CFIDS), she's lying down offscreen, but she's still a very active part of the group discussion.

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