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Lois Duncan (1934–2016)

Autor(a) de I Know What You Did Last Summer

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About the Author

Lois Duncan was born on April 28, 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the age of 13, her first story was published in the magazine Calling All Girls. As a senior in high school, she won Seventeen magazine's annual short-story contest. She continued to write for magazines after getting married mostrar mais and having children. She entered her young adult manuscript Debutante Hill in Dodd, Mead and Company's Seventeenth Summer Literary Contest and earned the grand prize, which was $1000 and a book contract. That first title was published in 1958. She published several young adult novels at that time including Love Song for Joyce and A Promise for Joyce, both under the pseudonym Lois Kerry. After her first marriage ended in divorce, she wrote freelance magazine articles and taught in the journalism department at the University of New Mexico. After she married for the second time, she started writing books again. Her young adult novels included Ransom, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Killing Mr. Griffin, Night Terrors, Stranger with My Face, Don't Look Behind You, and The Twisted Window. She also wrote works for younger readers including Silly Mother, The Circus Comes Home: When the Greatest Show on Earth Rose the Rails, Hotel for Dogs, News for Dogs, and Movie for Dogs. Her best-known non-fiction book, Who Killed My Daughter?: The True Story of a Mother's Search for Her Daughter's Murderer, is about her family's experiences following the murder of her youngest daughter in 1989. Her works have earned her several awards including three Parents' Choice awards, the Margaret A. Edwards Award in 1992, and the 2015 Grand Master Award by the Mystery Writers of America. She died on June 15, 2016 at the age of 82. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Lois Duncan

I Know What You Did Last Summer (1973) 1,359 exemplares
Killing Mr. Griffin (1978) 1,178 exemplares
Stranger with My Face (1981) 905 exemplares
Down a Dark Hall (1974) 852 exemplares
A Gift of Magic (1971) 771 exemplares
Locked in Time (1985) 716 exemplares
Don't Look Behind You (1989) 700 exemplares
Summer of Fear (1977) 663 exemplares
Five Were Missing (1966) 572 exemplares
Daughters of Eve (1979) 555 exemplares
The Third Eye (1984) 554 exemplares
Gallows Hill (1997) 528 exemplares
Hotel For Dogs (1971) 472 exemplares
The Twisted Window (1987) 383 exemplares
News For Dogs (2009) 323 exemplares
They Never Came Home (1969) 321 exemplares
Who Killed My Daughter? (1992) 301 exemplares
The Magic Of Spider Woman (1996) 140 exemplares
Movie For Dogs (2010) 115 exemplares
Night Terrors: Stories of Shadow and Substance (1996) — Editor — 104 exemplares
I Know What You Did Last Summer [1997 film] (1997) — Autor — 78 exemplares
I Walk at Night (2000) 76 exemplares
On The Edge: Stories At The Brink (2000) — Editor — 61 exemplares
The Birthday Moon (1989) 58 exemplares
Trapped!: Cages of Mind and Body (1938) — Editor; Contribuidor — 43 exemplares
Songs from Dreamland (1989) 31 exemplares
Debutante Hill (1958) 30 exemplares
When the Bough Breaks (1973) 22 exemplares
Written In The Stars (2014) 22 exemplares
Chapters: My Growth As a Writer (1982) 19 exemplares
Horses of Dreamland (1985) 18 exemplares
The Longest Hair in the World (1999) 18 exemplares
Song of the Circus (2002) 17 exemplares
Psychic Connections (1995) 16 exemplares
The Circus Comes Home (1993) 12 exemplares
Peggy (1970) 11 exemplares
The middle sister (1960) 11 exemplares
Major Andre: Brave Enemy (1969) 7 exemplares
Giving Away Suzanne (1963) 7 exemplares
Season of the Two-Heart (1964) 5 exemplares
Silly mother (1962) 4 exemplares
Down a Dark Hall [2018 Film] — Writer — 4 exemplares
So cosa hai fatto (2021) 3 exemplares
Seasons of the Heart (2007) 3 exemplares
Borte for alltid (1999) 2 exemplares
The Littlest One in the Family (1960) 2 exemplares
Jornal Para Cães 1 exemplar
Ne te retourne pas (1989) 1 exemplar
Kutyaszálló 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Little Women (1868) — Posfácio, algumas edições26,364 exemplares
Hotel for Dogs [2009 film] (2009) — Original book; Original book — 127 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Outros nomes
Lois Steinmetz (maiden name)
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Local de falecimento
South Sarasota, Florida, USA
Duke University
University of New Mexico (B.A., English, 1977)
Prémios e menções honrosas
Margaret A. Edwards Award (1992)




This book is definitely a thriller. Nora trying to uncover her step mothers secrets will make you want to keep reading and never stop!
skhan82 | 16 outras críticas | Apr 9, 2024 |
I liked this book - I liked the pacing for the most part, the story was interesting and engaging, and I even liked the way everything wrapped up at the end, but there were just a couple of things that kept it from being a 5 star read for me. First, I think most readers will be able to guess the angle with the mother way, way before the "reveal." And second, I really, really wish that the romance between the main character and the cop had been developed before they went to look for the kidnapped children. That just would have made more sense to me and not made those two characters look quite so jerky for a little while. I mean, they are on a desperate race to find a van full of kidnapped children whose lives may be in danger - one of the kids being the cop's nephew - and they stop to take the time to sort of hook up? How selfishly shallow. Plus it caused a pause in the action that made me roll my eyes. Other than those two things, I really did enjoy the book and happily recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA lit with a little mystery and a hint of the supernatural.… (mais)
clamagna | 6 outras críticas | Apr 4, 2024 |
This was the first book we read for my banned book club. The writing is very easy to get into and it's a quick read. I do think it will spark lots of discussions, which is great. This is the perfect type of book to read and discuss in a book club or classroom.

One downside is there's too many characters' POV and it's a short book so it makes it hard to connect with some of the characters and they sometimes fade into the background so you forget who they are. At the end when they mentioned Holly's name again I thought, "wait, was Holly part of the club this whole time?" That's how little we get of her POV. There are 10 girls in the club to begin with and having that many POVs for a book that's less than 300 pages makes it impossible to give each character enough time to feel like a fully fleshed out character, so some of them end up feeling flat. This would have been better if it just focused on maybe 3-4 girls max.

The pacing of the story felt uneven. Based on the synopsis, I thought the revenge schemes would have taken place earlier, but it took a long time before the first revenge scheme happened. Then after the first one occurred, the rest of them happened pretty quickly and then the book ended, so the ending did feel rushed. I am glad we got a little bit of an epilogue cause it did give some closure & resolution as to what happened with all the characters. Without that epilogue, it would have been a more open ended story, which is something I hate.

Overall, despite its flaws it is an engaging story and will spark a lot of good discussions. There isn't much graphic violence or any explicit sex scenes so this could work for younger teens or pre-teens as well.

Content warnings: Domestic violence and child abuse, suicide attempt, attempted sexual assault, teen pregnancy and discussion about abortion, emotionally abusive relationship between one of the teen couples, emotional abuse and manipulation of students by a teacher, sexism/misogyny, eating disorders, torture of a teen by peers, animal experimentation, and murder/attempted murder of abusive parent.
… (mais)
VanessaMarieBooks | 16 outras críticas | Dec 10, 2023 |



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