Lois Duncan
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Lois Duncan

Lois Duncan (1934-2016) was born in Philadelphia, PA, and grew up in Sarasota, FL.

She knew from early childhood that she wanted to be a writer. She submitted her first story to a magazine at age 10 and became published at 13. Throughout her high school years she wrote regularly for young people's publications, particularly Seventeen.

As an adult, Lois moved to Albuquerque, NM, where she taught magazine writing for the Journalism Department at the University of New Mexico and continued to write for magazines. Over 300 of her articles and stories appeared in such publications as Ladies Home Journal, Redbook, McCall's, Good Housekeeping, and Reader's Digest, and for many years she was a contributing editor for Woman's Day.

Lois was the author of over 50 books, ranging from children's picture books to poetry to adult non-fiction, but is best known for her young adult suspense novels, which have received Young Readers Awards in 16 states and three foreign countries. In 1992, Lois was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award, presented by the School Library Journal and the ALA Young Adult Library Services Association for "a distinguished body of adolescent literature." In 2009, she received the Katharine Drexel Award, awarded by the Catholic Library Association "to recognize an outstanding contribution by an individual to the growth of high school and young adult librarianship and literature." In 2015 she was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.

Six of her novels -- SUMMER OF FEAR, KILLING MR. GRIFFIN, GALLOWS HILL, RANSOM, DON'T LOOK BEHIND YOU and STRANGER WITH MY FACE -- were made-for-TV movies. I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER and HOTEL FOR DOGS were box office hits.

Although young people are most familiar with Lois Duncan's fictional suspense novels, adults may know her best as the author of WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER?, the true story of the murder of Kaitlyn Arquette, the youngest of Lois's five children. Kait's heartbreaking story has been featured on such TV shows as Unsolved Mysteries, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Sally Jessy Raphael and Inside Edition. A full account of the family's on-going personal investigation of this still unsolved homicide can be found on the Internet at http://kaitarquette.arquettes.com.

Lois Duncan's personal web page is at http://loisduncan.arquettes.com.

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    • Killing Mr. Griffin

    • By: Lois Duncan
    • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
    • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 190
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172
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      4 out of 5 stars 170

    Mr. Griffin is the strictest teacher at Del Norte High, with a penchant for endless projects and humiliating his students....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Classic thriller for young adults, updated for '10

    • By Abraham Figueroa on 11-11-10

    Regular price: $20.52

    • Ransom

    • By: Lois Duncan
    • Narrated by: Kim McKean
    • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 20
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      4 out of 5 stars 19

    The lives of five captives hang in the balance while their families gather the ransom. Two brothers, their family frantic to find their sons....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting, Spectactular, Detailed Imagery

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-24-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Hotel for Dogs

    • By: Lois Duncan
    • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
    • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    Andi loves dogs. So when an adorable stray shows up, Andi wants to save it - but she can't take it home....

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    • I Know What You Did Last Summer

    • By: Lois Duncan
    • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
    • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 89
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      4 out of 5 stars 87

    They didn't mean it. They didn't mean to hit the boy. There was a party, and it was an accident....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Super Short, but entertaining

    • By Kristi Hernandez on 07-30-12

    Regular price: $20.52

    • Stranger with My Face

    • By: Lois Duncan
    • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 44
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    Seventeen-year-old Laurie Stratton should be happy. She has beauty, health, a handsome boyfriend, and loving parents. But Laurie has begun to feel the presence of a double....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fabulous narrator for a darn good yarn

    • By Customer on 08-02-16

    Regular price: $19.99

    • Locked in Time

    • By: Lois Duncan
    • Narrated by: Jaselyn Blanchard
    • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    Nore Roberts didn't ask for a new life, but now that her mom is gone and her dad is newly married, she has to settle in at Shadow Grove, the old Civil War mansion her stepfamily calls home....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The performer was difficult to listen too

    • By Marissa on 06-01-16

    Regular price: $20.52

    • They Never Came Home

    • By: Lois Duncan
    • Narrated by: Jeanna Phillips
    • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Dan and Larry’s hiking trip ends in a missing persons search. Can Joan find her brother before it’s too late?

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    • The Third Eye

    • By: Lois Duncan
    • Narrated by: Madeleine Lambert
    • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    When Karen closes her eyes, the visions come. Through time and space, she sees a place where stolen children sleep....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Good story line but....

    • By Allie on 04-22-17

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    • Gallows Hill

    • By: Lois Duncan
    • Narrated by: A. Savalas
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    17-year-old Sarah doesn’t believe in magic, but she thinks it’s fun to pretend to be a psychic - until her startling visions of the future turn deadly....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A modern day witch hunt

    • By Niles Jacobsen on 05-21-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Daughters of Eve

    • By: Lois Duncan
    • Narrated by: Becky Gibel
    • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    The girls at Modesta High School feel like they're stuck in some anti-feminist time warp - they're faced with sexism at every turn, and they've had enough....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Classic, but wish it had been left as-is

    • By MarisaReads on 02-08-16

    Regular price: $20.52

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