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Down A Dark Hall By Lois Duncan

Why does the exclusive boarding school Blackwood have only four students? Back to school! Time to start the year with a good attitude cautionary tale wacky scheme inspirational message epic wish-fulfillment fantasy  slightly anachronistic feminist career romance Eh, whatever, let’s just do another Lois Duncan… … Continue reading

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Summer of Fear By Lois Duncan

Rachel’s not jealous of her cousin. But she is afraid. Like many readers, I was saddened to hear about the sudden death of Lois Duncan last week, at the age of 82. Best known for her YA thrillers, she was … Continue reading

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Rhapsody in Orange and Brown: 15 Favorite Classic YA Covers

A few weeks back there was a something of a kerfuffle over Penguin’s 50th Anniversary cover of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I was a holder of the minority opinion that the new cover was kind of  great… at least … Continue reading

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Ransom By Lois Duncan

Five students kidnapped, four families torn apart. Lois Duncan is best known for her YA thrillers that involve a supernatural twist, such as telepathy or psychic intuition or witchcraft. However, her earliest YA works are straightforward suspense and mystery titles … Continue reading

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Building Your Paperless Library: Digital YA Classics

I’m not shy about doing my reading for this space in public: that is what a commute is for. And so far, nobody has ever questioned me about why a grown woman is so intensely absorbed in, and furiously scribbling … Continue reading

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The Twisted Window By Lois Duncan

This will make the third Lois Duncan title reviewed here in the past year (there is a reason for that, which we’ll get to), this one coming a decade later than the others, but still dealing with dangerously charismatic hunks, … Continue reading

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When The Bough Breaks By Lois Duncan

Background: Lois Duncan is best known for her YA thrillers, which often involve a supernatural element, such as telepathy or psychic intuition, or witchcraft. However, her work from the late 1960s through the 70s also explicitly addresses how both the … Continue reading

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