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Lois Duncan

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Lois Duncan (born Lois Duncan Steinmetz, April 28, 1934) is an American writer and novelist, known primarily for her books for children and young adults, in particular (and some times controversially considering her young readership) crime thrillers. Duncan's parents were the noted magazine photographers Lois Steinmetz and Joseph Janney Steinmetz. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Sarasota, Florida. Duncan started writing and submitting manuscripts to magazines at the age of ten, and when she was thirteen succeeded in selling her first story.

Duncan attended Duke University from 1952 to 1953 but dropped out, married, and started a family. During this time, she continued to write and publish magazine articles; over th...more


I don't know how many of you are aware of the new line of "retro YA classics" that is being published by Lizzie Skurnic bks at IG publishing. These are best selling YA bks from the 50s-80s that have long been out of print, & Lizzie is giving them a chance to be reborn so a new generation of young readers can enjoy them.

The first bk she published was my novel, DEBUTANTE HILL (1957). What's r... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 3.71 · 45,889 ratings · 3,431 reviews · 51 distinct works · Similar authors
Stranger with My Face
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 5,594 ratings — published 1981
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I Know What You Did Last Su...
3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 6,376 ratings — published 1973 — 38 editions
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Killing Mr. Griffin
3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 5,665 ratings — published 1978 — 2 editions
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Down a Dark Hall
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 3,366 ratings — published 1974 — 21 editions
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Summer of Fear
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 3,149 ratings — published 1976 — 18 editions
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Locked in Time
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 2,957 ratings — published 1985 — 19 editions
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Don't Look Behind You
3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 2,886 ratings — published 1989 — 33 editions
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The Third Eye
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 2,482 ratings — published 1984 — 17 editions
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A Gift of Magic
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 2,497 ratings — published 1971 — 2 editions
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Daughters of Eve
3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 2,285 ratings — published 1979 — 16 editions
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Seasons of the Heart (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 08, 2010 03:42PM
Description: Poems Duncan wrote in every "season" of her life -- from age 10 to age 70 -- grouped to form an autobiography, interspersed with photos and narrative about what was going on in her life at the times those poems were written.
The Longest Hair in the World (Children's Books)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 08, 2010 03:25PM
Description: (Art by Jon McIntosh) On her sixth birthday, Emily wishes for the longest hair in the world. As it continues to grow and grow it creates terrible problems for her and everyone around her.
Stranger with My Face (Mystery & Thrillers)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 08, 2010 02:55PM
Description: Have you ever been haunted by the feeling that someone is spying on you, lurking around your house and yard, even entering your bedroom? Are your friends plotting against you when they say they've seen you do things you know you haven't done? What's going on -- and does Laurie really want to find out? N.Y. Times “Best Book for Young Adults”; ALA Best Book for Young Adults; Readers Awards: California, South Carolina, Indiana
I Know What You Did Last Summer (Mystery & Thrillers)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 08, 2010 02:41PM
Description: Last summer, four terrified friends made a desperate pact to conceal a shocking secret. But now someone has learned the truth, and the horror is starting again. There is an unknown avenger out there who is stalking them in a deadly game. Will he stop at terror, or is he out for revenge?,
Who Killed My Daughter? (Nonfiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 08, 2010 02:22PM
Description: Duncan's non-fiction account of the murder of her youngest daughter, Kaitlyn Arquette, and the family's on-going personal investigation of this unsolved case.
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Lois Duncan and 9 other people liked Lois Duncan's blog post: WRITTEN IN THE STARS
"I don't know how many of you are aware of the new line of "retro YA classics" that is being published by Lizzie Skurnic bks at IG publishing. These are best selling YA bks from the 50s-80s that have long been out of print, & Lizzie is giving them ..." Read more of this blog post »
"My editor thought they would sell better if they were modernized so the current generation of young readers could better relate to them.

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Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
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The Girl's Guide to Homelessness by Brianna Karp
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When I first started reading this, I thought that it was probably exaggerated to the point of being more of a novel that a memoir. But later I changed my mind. No fiction writer would create an ending like this one. This is ineresting and quite well...more
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Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante
Turn of Mind
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This book had me enthralled from beginning to end. It's told in first person from the view point of a brilliant surgeon who is working her way through the middle and late stages of Alzheimer's disease. She was somehow involved in a murder, but did sh...more
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Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz
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I was fascinated by this book until about half way through it when there were so many references to mythical characters and events that took place before this story started that I found myself totally lost. I loved the three main characters. But I fe...more
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I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg
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A hodge-podge of disconnected story lines that never went anywhere and an unsympathetic protagonist. The entire first half of the book is devoted to Maggie's carefully detailed plan to commit suicide, despite the fact that she is gorgeous, healthy, w...more
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The Conviction by Robert Dugoni
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A good legal thriller. I liked the smooth way Dugoni kept two stories -- the father's and the son's-- running in parallel.
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The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton
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When I started reading this book I thought it would be your average, chick-lit story of a group of women friends (whom you couldn't tell apart) sharing the ups and downs of each other's lives. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that I COULD tell...more
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The Good Psychologist by Noam Shpancer
The Good Psychologist
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This certainly isn't what one would consider a typical "novel". I'm very interested in psychology and always wondered how the subject might be taught by a practicing psychologist. I sure got my dose of THAT. But a lot of it seemed like psycho-babble-...more
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“Sit down every day and DO IT. Writing is a self-taught craft; the more you work at it, the more skilled you become. And when you're not writing, READ.”
Lois Duncan

“aloud she said why not you ray you were involed in this as much as the resst of uswhy is it that bud never tried to do anything to you ?his armed tighted around her.'he knew the worst thing for me was a world without you”
Lois Duncan, I Know What You Did Last Summer

“We are the wise.
Do not envy us—
We who are too wise to draw near
the fire
Lest we get burned;
We who are too wise to love
Lest love should vanish and we be
hurt.
We are the wise.
Do not envy us our wisdom—
We who are too wise to live
Lest we should die.”
Lois Duncan, Trapped: Cages of Mind and Body

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“Why are murder mysteries so popular? There's a 3-part "formula" (if you want to call it that) for a genre novel: (1) Someone the reader likes and relates to (2) overcomes increasingly difficult obstacles (3) to reach an important goal. The more important the goal, the stronger the novel. And the most important goal that any of us have is survival. That's why murder mysteries are more gripping than a story titled "Who Stole My TV Set.”
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Lois Duncan THE HELP is unique in that it's a first novel that leapt to the top of the best seller list. I loved it. My daughter Kerry loved it. My daughter Robin hated it because it made her so depressed about the unfairness of what the characters were going through and their inability to do anything to fight The System. I think she is relating those feelings to her own feelings about the murder of her little sister, Kait, and our own inability to force law enforcement to shape up and do their job.


Jenn Dawn I'm about to start reading The Help for my book club, Lois. I'll let you know what I think!

Jenn :)


Lol...Naruto Rocks! (Katelyn, Haku.) http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/3... Here is another group, mine is called Callie the Survior..tell me what you think.


Lol...Naruto Rocks! (Katelyn, Haku.) Your welcome! I love your writing, I love Hotel for Dogs, News For Dogs, and Stranger with My Face.


message 2: by Lois

Lois Duncan Thank you! I don't want to overload the pg. so am trying to restrict my reviews to bks I adore, bks I have a special issue with, and bks. that are written by family and friends.


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