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Publisher's Summary

Mr. Griffin is the strictest teacher at Del Norte High, with a penchant for endless projects and humiliating his students. Even straight-A student Susan can't believe how mean he is to the charismatic Mark Kinney. So when her crush asks Susan to help a group of students teach a lesson of their own, she goes along. After all, it's a harmless prank, right?

But things don't go according to plan. When one "accident" leads to another, people begin to die. Susan and her friends must face the awful truth: one of them is a killer.

Leave the lights on when reading this classic thriller! This new edition features modernized text and a new introduction by Lois Duncan, the master of teen horror.

©1978 Lois Duncan (P)2010 Hachette Audio

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Classic thriller for young adults, updated for '10

I remember reading this book almost 12 years ago in Middle School and falling in love with it. I've looked for it on audible before, and it is finally available. It's truly a great book, and only reminds me the butchery that Hollywood has done to the likes of Lois Duncan. Of special note; this audiobook performance has a few updates that I feel were a little unnecessary to appeal to younger audiences: they mention googling, iPods and other modern references that surely were not even conceived when this book was written in '78. But it is still a great book! Give it a listen!

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Simply Astonashing

Even if you arent the type to like this type of book (which i wasnt), the storytelling, build up, climax, resolution, and narrorator, made this the ULTIMATE BEST BOOK IVE EVER READ.

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Extremely interesting

This is about some teenagers who try to scare their English teacher into being nicer. It all goes terribly wrong. The author did a good job with character development of each person. I couldn’t stop listening. The narrator did a great job. You won’t regret buying it.

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Waiting for the good parts

I decided to take a chance on this book since a lot of the reviews were quite positive. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY! Very predictable and quite blah. I think it had potential to be good but just didn't ever get there for me. The story is cut off very quickly with a very bad bad ending! Don't waste your credit!

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AMAZING!

I understood everything in the story. I hope to read all series. Thank you for the book Lois Duncan. ★★★★★

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Good premise, whiny characters

I liked the premise of the story and think overall it was a great idea but I feel the end was rushed. The characters I found to be very whiny/ grating especially Susan (albeit it that I know that they were going through a highly stressful situation it was completely of their own making).

I also found some of the decisions Susan made towards the end questionable and unrealistic. The character I sympathized with the most in the entire story was Mr Griffin who was supposed to be this ghastly teacher but in all actuality was just pushing his students to try to ensure they were as prepared as they could be for college life. I have known many teachers who were as, if not more, strict than he was portrayed.

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AWFUL! I want my credit back.

After school special. Narrator was terrible, and would have been better reading a documentary. Nothing remotely close to realistic. They tried moderizing the book - made it worse. Couldn't wait to finish - just to get through it. All the characters in this book were as naive as a 5th grader. Teacher is a bully. I hated it.

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Childhood Favorite

The performance is a little stiff but I enjoyed it. Better than a lot of other audiobook readers I've heard but might be just my preference. I enjoyed the story as well though it was strange to hear the modernized updates. I understand wanting it to be relatable to a new generation but I read it in the 00's and I knew it was set in the 70's, I believe? As a teen I still took to it. Idk about story but it was nostalgic for me.

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Unsatisfying Ending :(

The story was great for the most part and had me on the edge of my seat at certain points, but the ending just wasn't entirely satisfying. A certain plot point that I assumed would be resolved with a big reveal seemed to have just been completely forgotten and the question brought up by this plot point is never answered.

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The ending is a little lacking

To make it short. The story finally revs up to 90 and then never concludes to much of anything. Left with no finish.