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April Corrigan's life is turned upside-down when she when she learns that her father has been working secretly undercover for the FBI. When his testimony convicts a notorious drug dealer, the whole family must relocate and enter the Federal Witness Security Program. April's entire way of life changes--not just her name. And when she attempts to communicate with her boyfrie...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 1989)
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Alicia  Neely
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April
April is ridiculously immature. I really hope she matures as the story goes on. Also, I don't really care for the writing style. Usually I like Lois Duncan's writing, but this book just isn't up to par. I don't relate with the characters or feel any sympathy for them at all. I'm hoping this book will get better as I read on.

Just finished. This book did not get better at all. At the end, April is still the stupid, immature, selfish girl she was at the beginning. The epilogue is about how she mee...more
Relyn
Jul 05, 2008 Relyn rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not a soul
ICK! I have no idea if I am just sick to death of Lois Duncan and this project or if this book was as lame as I think it was. Either way, it was so dull and predictable, with such a spoiled, selfish main character that I ended up skimming the book. (I rarely skim.) A murder attempt and two actual murders and the book still couldn't hold my interest. UGH! After all that blech and being completely unbelievable, it still didn't end happily. Yes, I know that if you read the book, you will see that's...more
Kylee Palmer
Don’t Look Behind You by Lois Duncan

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I haven’t never read any books from this author before, but maybe I will start. I really liked this book! The main character, 17 year old April Corrigan had a big change happen in her life. Her dad worked in an airport called Southern Skyways, and had been secretly working for the FBI also. One day on his job he found a bag left at the airport with drugs in it, and there was identification in it. After handing it over to the FBI th...more
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Courtney Gorges
Don’t Look Behind You is a good book for 8th-12th graders to read. I think this is a good age because I don’t think kids in middle school would understand what is happening in this book. This is a good book for boys and girls. This book is about a family who is just like any other family, they go to school, have jobs and the mom takes care of the kids. April feels like her life is over when she learns that her father has been working undercover for the FBI and then the family must relocate unde...more
Emily
The 17 year old protagonist of this novel has been moved with her family by the witness protection program because her dad is basically a moron. She's not terribly bright herself, as she makes several obvious mistakes that lead the people searching for them right to their location. A juvenile or young adult reader may be more entertained by the story, but I was mostly just calling her an idiot in my head the whole time.
I have read other books by this author before and enjoyed them. I was excited...more
Kayla Hulse
Yes, this was a good book. I loved this book because it left me on the edge of my seat while I was reading. I liked how the plot had many smaller conflicts that surrounded the one big conflict. That made the story more interesting. I liked how when I got to the end of the chapter I would want to keep going so I would know what happened next. I admired how the characters were described in depth.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading stories with suspense. I would also recommend i...more
Athena Sweeney
I've been a fan of Lois Duncan's work since middle school and I still listen to the audiobooks of her stories while I'm working (nostalgia, mostly, but they're still pretty engaging all the same)
I liked this one a lot more when I was younger, though the main character never really won me over. After coming back to it some years later, I realize that you're really not supposed to be on April's side from the beginning.
If you look at it from the point of view of a girl facing unfair adversity and...more
Julie Decker
Poor April is shocked to find her dad's involvement with a dangerous case will require their whole family to go undercover through the Witness Protection Program. When you're a teenage girl who loves her social relationships--especially your boyfriend--and you're a rising star in the tennis world, it's CRUSHING to abandon everything you were and try to avoid giving a dangerous stalker any clues about who you used to be. But even with all her family sacrifices, someone definitely still has it out...more
Halcyon Daze
Plot:
April is a junior in high school with a seemingly perfect life - she's a pretty tennis star with a great boyfriend. One day, her life takes a drastic change when she and her family are placed in the the federal witness security program, where she has to change her name and identity and pretend her old life never existed.

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I probably would've hated April in any other book. She's frustrating, tends to make stupid decisions, and whines a lot. But I gave her a pass for three reasons. One,...more
Brenda
Book on tape. I think I read this before because I went through a huge Lois Duncan phase. The character in this book was so self absorbed it drove me nuts. She didn't connect any of her actions with the consequences that followed. Typical teenager? Maybe, but still annoying.
Sheila Parker
This is another book that we read in my extension class. While the kids enjoyed the last Duncan book, they weren't so keen on this one. I have to say that my sentiments are similar. April Corrigan finds herself in the awful predicament of have to enter the Witness Protection Service because he father was a prime witness in a drug ring. However, April comes across as a petulant teenager and never considers the consequences of her actions. Everytime she contacts someone from her old life, she puts...more
Christine US
Lois Duncan seems to have an ability to write whiny irritating self-important teenagers.
Kate
The main character is so annoying. I want to beat her with her tennis racket.
Kyrstyn Walston
This book was very well written to me. I loved the way there was so much conflict but it was detailed so I knew exactly what was going on. There's quite a few things I would not have been okay with like with the hair and being stuck in a room all day, but it was for their own good.
I think the genre is mystery because April is trying to figure out things about her dad, herself, and everyone around her with knowing very little about the situation. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a myste...more
paola mendez
I already finished this book. Very interesting book. its basically about this girl called April which has a perfect life. Until one day which she found her grandmother afterschool waiting for her to tell her that they were in serious problems. Her father got in trouble which had to do something with the government and they were trying to kill him and their family. Someone was after them, and that person was called Mike Vamp. Vamp was for his eyes whiched looked like a vampire and all the things...more
Rei
“Don’t look behind you” is a book by Lois Duncan. I have never read one of her books before and this was my first. She is a very detailed writer and it was very suspenseful. It was a quick read and it was interesting at the same time. This story was told in the point of view as first person, which is the protagonist, April Corrigan. This novel was about how the teenager, April’s life turns out to be the exact opposite of how she wants it to be. At first, she thought everything was normal but it...more
Maggie61
Who can really know what it is like to live in witness protection program? Lois Duncan's novel tells this from the viewpoint of a teenager whose life is uprooted when her family is thrust into this life when her father is testifying in a drug trial.
While April may seem selfish in some of her choices more than once that have really bad results, you can't really blame her. Her reactions are what your typical teenager would do when their life is turned upside down. She has to leave her grandmother...more
Jessie
Lois Duncan is a great author for young adults. This novel is a quick read, fun, fast paced and predictable. ** stop for spoilers*** Still it's the same plot we see in the movies. Dad has to give testimony at court against some drug dealers, and someone tries to kill him. They send him threatening letters. So they take the family during the school day without any notice and they are kept in a hotel for three weeks. April sends a letter to the boyfriend and of course it is intercepted by the kill...more
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Lani H
Plot Summary-
"Don't Look Behind You" by Lois Duncan is about a teenage girl name April who has everything you could ever want. She has a loving family, great friends, a good school, good grades, and a handsome boyfriend. She also is an amazing tennis player, won state, and was on her way to the championships. Life sounds like it's great for her, right? Everything she has ever loved and worked for is all over once she realizes that her family and her must disappear into the Federal Witness Securi...more
Ginger Smith
This was my first book by Lois Duncan. It was about a family who has to go into the witness protection program. It is told from the perspective of a 17 year old girl who has to deal with all of the issues that arise when you leave your family, friends, school, and activities behind. I think Duncan did a good job illustrating how a teenage girl would react - angry and confused. She also captured her love lust scene as well with a new boyfriend in the picture. She captured her empathy towards the...more
Ryan Ordunez
This book was published on August 1, 1999 by Laurel Leaf. The book Don´t look Behind You has one multiple regional awards, and they were all well deserved. This is a timeless book that had a fantastic blend of reality and suspense, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The genre of mystery has never really interested me, although the way Duncan wrote in this novel kept me engaged and never bored me. A brief synopsis of this book is April Corigan and her family need to get out of town and get out of town...more
Nick
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Don't Look Behind You
by Lois Duncan
Don't Look Behind You, by Lois Duncan takes place in present day starting in Virginia and ending in Florida. The story is about a high school star tennis player named April Corrigan. April's family enters the Witness Protection Program because her father was involved with an FBI undercover investigation. Once the criminals realized that Mr. Corrigan knew something about the investigation a hit man was hired to kill him. His name was...more
Natasha Mackay
In this book, i would have to rate the characters a 5, Because the characters are the most entertaining and i love how they have a whole family, not just singled out characters. They were the Corrigan family, a family of 6. A mother and father, the mother's name was Elizabeth, she was a children's book author. The father's name was George, he worked for Southern Skyways. They had two children named April and George Jr. April was the older one, in 11th grade, very athletic, played tennis and was...more
Juancarlosw
I liked this book. It was good but not the best I have read. I liked it because of all this suspense it had.It is about how they relocate a perfect family because they want to mureder April´s dad (April is a teenage girl and main character) and how they try to ellude the assasin. It is how April´s life has hard decisions but she will take and overlook them as the book goes on. I recommend it to people who love to read but to people that don't like it that much should choose maybe a less complica...more
Susan
OK, Lois Duncan's book, Dont Look Behind you is a novel about a girl named April. April lived in a very nice home, until she found out that her father was a undercover FBI who got into a really big case with drug dealers. As a FBI, April's father witnessed a very serious drug case. And the drug dealers is after him. One specific guy named Mike Vamp, he is the stalker, and the man behind all of this. Well, the sad thing is April had to move to Florida to change her name, and live an unknown ident...more
Paulina Colis
A normal teenager has to worry about finals, college, and what their going to eat when they go home. But not April, she has to worry whether or not a serial killer is after her to kill her. After finding out her father was a undercover FBI agent her life spirals out of control. She is forced to move to another location with a different name and pretend that everything is fine when really her whole family is a nervous wreck. Louis Duncan does a great job of using similes to compare the way April...more
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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 gr...more
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