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Lois Duncan (1934–2016)

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Lois Duncan was born on April 28, 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the age of 13, her first story was published in the magazine Calling All Girls. As a senior in high school, she won Seventeen magazine's annual short-story contest. She continued to write for magazines after getting married mehr anzeigen and having children. She entered her young adult manuscript Debutante Hill in Dodd, Mead and Company's Seventeenth Summer Literary Contest and earned the grand prize, which was $1000 and a book contract. That first title was published in 1958. She published several young adult novels at that time including Love Song for Joyce and A Promise for Joyce, both under the pseudonym Lois Kerry. After her first marriage ended in divorce, she wrote freelance magazine articles and taught in the journalism department at the University of New Mexico. After she married for the second time, she started writing books again. Her young adult novels included Ransom, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Killing Mr. Griffin, Night Terrors, Stranger with My Face, Don't Look Behind You, and The Twisted Window. She also wrote works for younger readers including Silly Mother, The Circus Comes Home: When the Greatest Show on Earth Rose the Rails, Hotel for Dogs, News for Dogs, and Movie for Dogs. Her best-known non-fiction book, Who Killed My Daughter?: The True Story of a Mother's Search for Her Daughter's Murderer, is about her family's experiences following the murder of her youngest daughter in 1989. Her works have earned her several awards including three Parents' Choice awards, the Margaret A. Edwards Award in 1992, and the 2015 Grand Master Award by the Mystery Writers of America. She died on June 15, 2016 at the age of 82. (Bowker Author Biography) weniger anzeigen
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Werke von Lois Duncan

Killing Mr Griffin (1978) 1,151 Exemplare
Stranger with My Face (1981) 886 Exemplare
Down a Dark Hall (1974) 834 Exemplare
A Gift of Magic (1971) 756 Exemplare
Locked in Time (1985) 698 Exemplare
Wo dich niemand kennt (1989) 687 Exemplare
Summer of Fear (1977) 647 Exemplare
Five Were Missing (1966) 563 Exemplare
Daughters of Eve (1979) 541 Exemplare
The Third Eye (1984) 541 Exemplare
Gallows Hill (1997) 518 Exemplare
Hotel For Dogs (1971) 455 Exemplare
The Twisted Window (1987) 373 Exemplare
They Never Came Home (1969) 309 Exemplare
News For Dogs (2009) 306 Exemplare
Who Killed My Daughter? (1992) 288 Exemplare
The Magic Of Spider Woman (1996) 135 Exemplare
Movie For Dogs (2010) 110 Exemplare
Night Terrors: Stories of Shadow and Substance (1996) — Herausgeber — 101 Exemplare
I Know What You Did Last Summer [1997 film] (1997) — Autor — 72 Exemplare
I Walk at Night (2000) 71 Exemplare
On The Edge: Stories At The Brink (2000) — Herausgeber — 60 Exemplare
The Birthday Moon (1989) 58 Exemplare
Trapped!: Cages of Mind and Body (1938) — Herausgeber; Mitwirkender — 43 Exemplare
Songs from Dreamland (1989) 31 Exemplare
Debutante Hill (1958) 29 Exemplare
When the Bough Breaks (1973) 22 Exemplare
Written in the Stars (2014) 19 Exemplare
Chapters: My Growth As a Writer (1982) 18 Exemplare
The Longest Hair in the World (1999) 18 Exemplare
Horses of Dreamland (1985) 18 Exemplare
Song of the Circus (2002) 16 Exemplare
Psychic Connections (1995) 16 Exemplare
The Circus Comes Home (1993) 12 Exemplare
The middle sister (1960) 11 Exemplare
Peggy (1970) 10 Exemplare
Major Andre: Brave Enemy (1969) 7 Exemplare
Giving Away Suzanne (1963) 7 Exemplare
Season of the Two-Heart (1964) 5 Exemplare
Down a Dark Hall [2018 Film] — Writer — 4 Exemplare
So cosa hai fatto (2021) 3 Exemplare
Silly mother (1962) 3 Exemplare
Seasons of the Heart (2007) 3 Exemplare
Borte for alltid (1999) 2 Exemplare
The Littlest One in the Family (1960) 2 Exemplare
Jornal Para Cães 1 Exemplar
Ne te retourne pas (1989) 1 Exemplar
Kutyaszálló 1 Exemplar

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This was the first book we read for my banned book club. The writing is very easy to get into and it's a quick read. I do think it will spark lots of discussions, which is great. This is the perfect type of book to read and discuss in a book club or classroom.

One downside is there's too many characters' POV and it's a short book so it makes it hard to connect with some of the characters and they sometimes fade into the background so you forget who they are. At the end when they mentioned Holly's name again I thought, "wait, was Holly part of the club this whole time?" That's how little we get of her POV. There are 10 girls in the club to begin with and having that many POVs for a book that's less than 300 pages makes it impossible to give each character enough time to feel like a fully fleshed out character, so some of them end up feeling flat. This would have been better if it just focused on maybe 3-4 girls max.

The pacing of the story felt uneven. Based on the synopsis, I thought the revenge schemes would have taken place earlier, but it took a long time before the first revenge scheme happened. Then after the first one occurred, the rest of them happened pretty quickly and then the book ended, so the ending did feel rushed. I am glad we got a little bit of an epilogue cause it did give some closure & resolution as to what happened with all the characters. Without that epilogue, it would have been a more open ended story, which is something I hate.

Overall, despite its flaws it is an engaging story and will spark a lot of good discussions. There isn't much graphic violence or any explicit sex scenes so this could work for younger teens or pre-teens as well.

Content warnings: Domestic violence and child abuse, suicide attempt, attempted sexual assault, teen pregnancy and discussion about abortion, emotionally abusive relationship between one of the teen couples, emotional abuse and manipulation of students by a teacher, sexism/misogyny, eating disorders, torture of a teen by peers, animal experimentation, and murder/attempted murder of abusive parent.
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VanessaMarieBooks | 16 weitere Rezensionen | Dec 10, 2023 |
Short, economical and a good suspenseful read although, having just re-read this, I'm not sure if I guessed so early on, when I first read this many years ago, the major twist about the villain. This time the suspense element for me was when the protagonist was going to work it out. Duncan does drop the clues in fairly unobtrusively and a younger reader probably would not spot them too early on.

The characterisation of the villain might not go down too well with Wiccans as it's based on the stereotyped view of witchcraft/witches; I think the author could've just as easily had it that the villain was doing her ill deeds with mundane methods such as poison although the 'big reveal' scene does pivot on the villain's own belief about whether or not witches from the Ozarks appear in photographs. Anyway, it's quite a good read for a teen or pre-teen audience, although allowances need to be made for the 1970s setting, mainly the fact that photographs have to be developed chemically as this is long before digital technology.… (mehr)
kitsune_reader | 17 weitere Rezensionen | Nov 23, 2023 |
Overall this was a good book. I feel like there could have been more balanced progression. It just went really slow at the begining thrn the end was over quick. Overall i would reccomend.
AshleyPelletier | 5 weitere Rezensionen | Oct 29, 2023 |
4.25/5. 8.5/10. I read this back in the day when I was teaching middle school, and I decided to reread it. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed Lois Duncan's books. 17-yr.-old Sarah poses as a fortuneteller at her new school's Halloween fair and soon discovers that she actually is able to see the future in a crystal ball given to her by her mother. The other students brand her a witch, and it's 1600s Salem all over again.

Tragically, Duncan's youngest daughter was murdered in Albuquerque, NM, prompting her to write WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER? The killer was indicted in 2022, but sadly, Duncan had passed away in 2016, never knowing who killed her daughter. The only horror story she wrote after her daughter's death was this one, GALLOWS HILL.… (mehr)
crabbyabbe | 10 weitere Rezensionen | Oct 16, 2023 |



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