E.R. Frank

E.R. Frank is the author of five novels.  She won the Teen People Book Club NEXT Award for her first novel, Life Is Funny (2000). America (2002) was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and was adapted into a 2009 television movie starring Rosie O'Donnell and Philip Johnson.  YALSA honored both novels by placing them on the 100 Best of the Best for the 21st Century book list.  Friction (2003) was a Junior Library Guild selection. Wrecked (2005) was chosen as a Best Book of the Year by Bank Street.  All four titles made the YALSA Best Book for Young Adults list in the year published and also received starred reviews from a variety of reviewers. Her latest novel, Dime, (Atheneum, May 2015) tells the story of Dime, a 14-year-old girl stuck in the foster care system in Newark, N.J. She becomes drawn into the world of prostitution and must find the strength to break free of the life she’s become entangled in, though it’s the only “family” she’s every known. Dime was named one of the School Library Journal's Best Books of 2015 in the Young Adult category. 

Dime was selected as one of the NYPL's Best Books for Teens, was featured on the Kansas State Reading Circle List and was a Texas Tayshas Reading List Selection, was featured on ALA Amelia Bloomer List, and was one of ALA/YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults.

E.R. Frank was raised in Richmond, Virginia, attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and completed her Masters degree at the Hunter Graduate School of Social Work in New York City. In addition to being a writer, she is also a psychotherapist with a specialty in trauma. Frank earned a post graduate certificate from New York’s Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and is an EMDRIA approved EMDR consultant.

E.R. Frank is a member of the Child Welfare League of America’s national advisory board and is also an advisory board member of New York City’s Behind the Book.

After many years living in Brooklyn and Manhattan, she has settled in New Jersey with her husband and two children.



"The novel frankly depicts the physical abuse and emotional manipulation that tie young girls to their keepers. Images of violence, greed, and emotional longing will linger with readers." – Publishers Weeklystarred review

"A tremendously affecting novel." – Kirkus

"Heartbreaking... an important work that should be an essential part of library collections." – School Library Journal



“Anna’s voice and situation are both entirely genuine… and both make this a highly worthwhile read.” – Kirkus

“With her powerful staccato writing style and her aversion to fairtytale flourishes, Frank creates credible, all too human characters figuring out life as they go.” – Publishers Weekly



“Rather than coloring innocence and guilt in black and white, the author invites readers to explore the large gray area between truth and falsehood. Sure to spark heated discussions, this provocative novel is a reminder that words spoken carelessly can have lasting, painful repercussions.” – Publishers Weekly

“Frank tells a riveting story… this gripping, unsettling novel is filled with fully realized characters.” – Booklist, starred review



“Amazing Grace from E.R. Frank.” – The New York Times Book Review

"A wrenching tour de force.” – Kirkus, starred review 

“A piercing, unforgettable novel.” – Booklist, starred review



“A savagely honest portrayal of the nature of the interconnectedness of life.” – Kirkus

“Hopefully and fresh… skillfully and compassionately wrought.” – School Library Journal

“A realistic, lyrical novel.” – Booklist

"The language is gritty, and some of the story lines will be intense for young readers, but this is ultimately an uplifting book about resilience, loyalty and courage." – Publishers Weeklystarred review