Mary Evelyn Atkinson (1899–1974), writing as M. E. Atkinson, was a prolific English children’s writer born in London. She was best known for her series on the Lockett family - children's adventure stories typical of the 1940s and 1950s, and written from a middle class viewpoint. Her Fricka series was mostly about ponies, and was generally viewed as only middling quality for the genre. Although never in the first rank of children's writers, she was especially good at creating un-stereotyped and interesting characters. Atkinson's earlier works were better received critically than her later works.