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Lois Duncan Summary

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  • 40 Literature Criticism

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Essays & Analysis (40)

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Critical Essay by The Christian Science Monitor Lynn Chambers [protagonist of "Debutante Hill"], pretty and popular high school senior, declines to join the Rivertown debutante group bec... Read more
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Critical Essay by Zena Sutherland [In They Never Came Home the] doubts about Larry's character are skilfully developed, so that it comes as little surprise to the reader to find that he had arr... Read more
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Critical Essay by Richard F. Shepard ["They Never Came Home"] follows its leads to a crackling finale that makes the novel live up to its billing as "psychological suspense.... Read more
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Critical Essay by Kirkus Reviews John Andre was the British Army man who negotiated with Benedict Arnold at West Point, missed the boat to camp and was discovered a few miles from his own base in civi... Read more
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Critical Essay by Muriel Kolb The story of the infamous treason plot between General Mathew Arnold and Major André is told in [Major André: Brave Enemy, an] admiring biography of the das... Read more
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Critical Essay by Kirkus Reviews Titillation, exploitation, anything but history: [Peggy is] the cattiest first-person portrait of a vixen, Peggy Shippen, the girl who becomes Mrs. Benedict Arnold. Th... Read more
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Critical Essay by Mary M. Burns [Peggy Shippen] is an intriguing and controversial historical figure, for the exact extent of her influence over Arnold's attempt to betray his command at West P... Read more
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Critical Essay by Peggy Sullivan [In A Gift of Magic each] of the three Garrett children has a distinctive personality and talent. The older sister, Kirby, is determined to be a dancer, and little bro... Read more
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Critical Essay by Linda Silver [I Know What You Did Last Summer is a] slick whodunit, pedestrian in style, mediocre in characterization, but suspenseful to the end. Four teenagers—friends who h... Read more
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Critical Essay by Ruth Hill Viguers [The Middle Sister is the] story of a girl's discovery that although she could not follow in the footsteps of her older sister, she was a person in her own r... Read more
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Critical Essay by Kirkus Reviews When Kit and the other three high ESP-quotient pupils [in Down a Dark Hall] who have been chosen for Mme. Duret's new boarding school get their first sight of i... Read more
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Critical Essay by Gloria Levitas Two gothic novels. Lois Duncan's "Down A Dark Hall" … and David Severn's "The Girl in the Grove" … are on the w... Read more
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Critical Essay by Sarah Law Kennerly When 14-year-old Kit arrives at Blackwood, a new and exclusive school for girls run by Madame Duret, she is frightened by an unsettling atmosphere of evil….... Read more
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Critical Essay by Kirkus Reviews Long before she suspects orphaned cousin Julia of being a ringer, Rae [protagonist of Summer of Fear] is convinced that the new member of the family is a witch—... Read more
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Critical Essay by Sarah Law Kennerly When Rachel's orphaned cousin comes to live with the Bryants, 17-year-old Julia, whom the family had never seen before, charms everybody: Rachel's pa... Read more
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Critical Essay by Julia Whedon ["Summer of Fear"] is the story of a very square Southwestern community invaded by a sorceress in lithesome teen-age form. Julia is orphaned by sudden trag... Read more
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Critical Essay by Ethel L. Heins Vigorous characterization, a neatly tailored plot, and a sense of foreboding that rises with the accelerating pace of the story telling—all these are the hallma... Read more
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Critical Essay by Richard Peck Contrary to certain opinion, the new wave of novels for adolescents hasn't explored every sensational topic after all; mainly because the adult author doesn... Read more
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Critical Essay by Drew Stevenson The latest thriller by Lois Duncan, Killing Mr. Griffin …, unfolds as a gag to scare a hated English teacher erupts into a nightmare for a group of high school ... Read more
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Critical Essay by Best Sellers [Season of the Two-Heart] delicately handles racial prejudice and the lack of understanding of both the Indian and American cultures. The characters bring out the fact t... Read more
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Critical Essay by Hildagarde Gray Seldom has a book left me more apprehensive as to its merits than Killing Mr. Griffin. Good mysteries are always welcome, and today's young reader enjoys a psy... Read more
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Critical Essay by The Booklist [In Daughters of Eve, Duncan] distorts feminist principles into weapons of vengeance. A bitter, disturbed teacher turns her malleable high school charges into a confused... Read more
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Critical Essay by Cyrisse Jaffee [Daughters of Eve is a] slick, scary occult novel with a stereotypical "women's libber" (bitter, frustrated, ultimately revealed as mentally distu... Read more
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Critical Essay by Kirkus Reviews In last year's Killing Mr. Griffin, a disturbed and evil high school student led four classmates in kidnapping and inadvertently killing a strict teacher. [In D... Read more
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Critical Essay by Zena Sutherland Restricted to a membership of ten, the Daughters of Eve is the most exclusive club at Modesta High School; it is with an invitation to join the group that [Daughters ... Read more
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Critical Essay by Natalie Babbitt [Daughters of Eve] is a savage novel full of troubled, angry characters. At first it appears that the author has identified completely with Irene Stark, advisor to an... Read more
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Critical Essay by Jan M. Goodman Daughters of Eve is a suspenseful novel that invalidates legitimate problems by presenting misdirected solutions. The author raises such feminist issues as wife-beatin... Read more
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Critical Essay by Holly Sandhuber The element of the supernatural is so gradually and deftly introduced into [Stranger with My Face] that its presence seems natural and believable and, hence, more men... Read more
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Critical Essay by Kirkus Reviews [Stranger with My Face] is one of Duncan's sleazier supernatural thrillers, which doesn't mean that it won't find its shiver-seeking readers. It&#... Read more
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Critical Essay by Ann A. Flowers [In Duncan's Stranger with My Face, protagonist Laurie Stratton] eventually discovered that she was an adopted child, one of a pair of identical twins of an Ame... Read more
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Critical Essay by Ethna Sheehan [In Season of the Two-Heart] Martha Weekoty takes her first step away from her Pueblo Indian environment by attending high school in Albuquerque. Now she can evaluate t... Read more
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Critical Essay by Terry Lawhead [Chapters: My Growth As a Writer] is an autobiography of Lois Duncan, and should be classified strictly as such; by no stretch of the imagination should it be regarded ... Read more
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Critical Essay by Stephanie Zvirin [In Chapters: My Growth As a Writer, Duncan] displays an intriguing, very different side of herself as she traces her evolution as a writer from its roots in an eage... Read more
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Critical Essay by Leigh Dean Avid readers of Duncan's YA novels who are accustomed to unconventional characters, and situations steeped in danger, magic, and intrigue will be hard-pressed to re... Read more
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Critical Essay by Zena Sutherland Laurie [narrator of Stranger with My Face] is seventeen. Oldest of three children, she lives a happy and uneventful life on an island off the New England coast, atten... Read more
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Critical Essay by Ruth Hill Viguers Even though the adjustment of young people from various American Indian cultures to the white man's world is an old theme, the story of Martha Weekoty in her... Read more
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Critical Essay by Dorothy M. Broderick [Ransom" deserves] mention for its portrait of the thoroughly amoral, egocentric Glenn Kirtland, a character unique in children's books, though not... Read more
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Critical Essay by Zena Sutherland [Ransom is a] dramatic story of a kidnapping, suspenseful despite the fact that the number of characters, character sketches, and sub-plots crowds the background; the... Read more
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Critical Essay by Kirkus Reviews Selfish, smooth-dressing, pot-pushing Larry [protagonist of They Never Came Home], balking at discipline from Dad, decides that he can vanish (presumed dead) with the ... Read more
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Critical Essay by Peggy Sullivan Effective characterizations, dialogue, and transitions from one set of characters to another can't redeem [They Never Came Home, a] melodrama in which a corkscr... Read more
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