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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    • Down a Dark Hall

    • By: Lois Duncan
    • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
    • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
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      4 out of 5 stars 53

    Kit Gordy sees Blackwood Hall towering over black iron gates, and she can't help thinking, This place is evil....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Emma Galvin is the best narrator I have heard!!!

    • By cl on 02-14-12

    Regular price: $20.52

    • The Third Eye

    • By: Lois Duncan
    • Narrated by: Madeleine Lambert
    • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    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

    Regular price: $20.52

    • Killing Mr. Griffin

    • By: Lois Duncan
    • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
    • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 182
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 165

    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

    • 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 42
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    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

    • 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 96
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 82
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 80

    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

    • Locked in Time

    • By: Lois Duncan
    • Narrated by: Jaselyn Blanchard
    • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    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

    • Don't Look Behind You

    • By: Lois Duncan
    • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    When 11th grader April Corrigan learns that her unassuming father has been working undercover for the FBI, she is shocked....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • bad audio doesn't work

    • By Kindle Customer on 03-20-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Who Killed My Daughter?

    • By: Lois Duncan
    • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
    • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    The best-selling young adult novelist recounts her daughter's mysterious shooting death and her own investigation into the crime, describing her use of a psychic to contact her dead child and expose the truth....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not a True Crime Novel in the traditional sense

    • By Michelle in New York City on 08-09-13

    Regular price: $24.95

    • 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
    • Story
      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

    • They Never Came Home

    • By: Lois Duncan
    • Narrated by: Jeanna Phillips
    • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    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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