Search Results: "Lois Duncan"


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WRITTEN IN THE STARS by Lois Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Of interest mainly to fans, this collection stands as a tribute to the body of work that has poured out of Duncan's pen since she herself was a girl. (Short stories. 12 & up)"
Readers of a certain age will recall reading Duncan's stories in Seventeen and Calling All Girls. Read full book review >

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ON THE EDGE by Lois Duncan
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"This collection provides a bite of yummy suspense to suit nearly everyone's taste. (Fiction. 12+)"
Duncan's (Trapped!, 1998; Night Terrors, 1996; etc.) third collection of sizzling suspense tales from YA authors. Read full book review >

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NIGHT TERRORS by Lois Duncan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1996

"A sturdy collection, short on gore and explicit violence, long on suspense and imagination. (Short stories. 9-14)"
These 11 new stories from award-winning authors of YA mysteries may be set at night but are hardly bedtime reading: Patricia Windsor (``Moon Kill') and Theodore Taylor (``Grind of an Ax'') offer some traditional homicidal maniacs; ghosts in Chris Lynch's ``Bearing Paul'' and Richard Peck's ``Girl at the Window'' lure young people into deadly danger; and Annette Curtis Klause puts a real ``Bogey Man'' in the basement for her unfortunate eight-year-old character to find. Read full book review >

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TRAPPED! by Lois Duncan
FICTION
Released: July 1, 1998

"Although the theme provokes occasional forced or heavy-handed moments, this is a strong collection, thought-provoking and well worth reading. (Short stories. 12-14)"
A collection of eclectic short stories by contemporary YA authors that address the theme of being trapped, literally or metaphorically. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1992

"Duncan's distress is evident, but the mazes of her obsession make for a most tortuous read. (Photographs.)"
Snarled saga of a mother searching for her daughter's killer. Read full book review >

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NEWS FOR DOGS by Lois Duncan
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"At bottom, it is the dogs, from loyal Red Rover to pampered Bully Bernstein, who should win best in show. (Fiction. 8-11)"
More than 35 years after Hotel for Dogs (1971) (and coincident to the release of the film), the Walker children return for serious dog drama. Read full book review >

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I WALK AT NIGHT by Lois Duncan
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"While the cozy paintings are sure to please, the oddly unsatisfying poem hovers around the edges, hinting at the mysterious nature of felines, but failing to deliver adventure, surprise, or true delight. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A first-person narration puts forth an imagined version of a cat's inner thoughts as it prowls through the night, and the events are more hushed than the horror-movie title implies. Read full book review >

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GALLOWS HILL by Lois Duncan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1997

"Bleakly shallow. (further reading) (Fiction. 12+)"
A sloppy suspense novel—Duncan (Night Terrors, 1996, etc.) unsuccessfully charts a plot full of witchcraft, ESP, reincarnation, book-burning, and fortune-telling, as well as an utterly incredible chain of events. Read full book review >

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STRANGER WITH MY FACE by Lois Duncan
Released: Oct. 22, 1982

"Professionally orchestrated suspense for the willingly susceptible."
This is one of Duncan's sleazier supernatural thrillers, which doesn't mean that it won't find its shiver-seeking readers. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC OF SPIDER WOMAN by Lois Duncan
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"Begay's vibrant paintings are replete with the dreaminess that cradles the story, far outstripping it in their beauty. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A picture-book version of a Navajo legend. Read full book review >

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SONG OF THE CIRCUS by Lois Duncan
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Who is raised in the world of the Circus.' (Picture book. 6-8)"
The circus's smallest members snatch triumph from the jaws of disaster in this high-flying tale of heroism under the big top. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Index. (Nonfiction. 7+)"
Joseph Janney Steinmetz, a well-known photographer who worked for Life and The Saturday Evening Post, lived in Sarasota, Florida, where the circus in its winter quarters was a favorite subject. Read full book review >