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About the Author

Lois Duncan was a young wife and mother of two when she decided to write a novel to pay the bills. The result was Debutante Hill. The novel was originally rejected for consideration in the Dodd, Mead and Company's Seventeenth Summer Literary contest due to one character drinking a beer, but after Duncan swapped in a soft drink, she won the prize, which paid the down payment on her first house.

Since then, Duncan has written over fifty novels, receiving worldwide acclaim for her young adult fiction. She pioneered the teen suspense novel, and is a regular nominee for the Edgar Allen Poe award. In 1992, Duncan was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award For a Distinguished Body of Work for Young Adults. Her novels I Know What You Did Last Summer and Hotel for Dogs have been adapted into popular films.



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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Lizzie Skurnick Books; Reissue edition (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939601002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939601001
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,423,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lois Duncan was born in Philadelphia, PA, and grew up in Sarasota, FL.
She knew from early childhood that she wanted to be a writer. She submitted her first story to a magazine at age 10 and became published at 13. Throughout her high school years she wrote regularly for young people's publications, particularly Seventeen.

As an adult, Lois moved to Albuquerque, NM, where she taught magazine writing for the Journalism Department at the University of New Mexico and continued to write for magazines. Over 300 of her articles and stories appeared in such publications as Ladies Home Journal, Redbook, McCall's, Good Housekeeping, and Reader's Digest, and for many years she was a contributing editor for Woman's Day.

Lois is the author of over 50 books, ranging from children's picture books to poetry to adult non-fiction, but is best known for her young adult suspense novels, which have received Young Readers Awards in 16 states and three foreign countries. In 1992, Lois was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award, presented by the School Library Journal and the ALA Young Adult Library Services Association for "a distinguished body of adolescent literature." In 2009, she received the Katharine Drexel Award, awarded by the Catholic Library Association "to recognize an outstanding contribution by an individual to the growth of high school and young adult librarianship and literature." In 2015 she was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.

Six of her novels -- SUMMER OF FEAR, KILLING MR. GRIFFIN, GALLOWS HILL, RANSOM, DON'T LOOK BEHIND YOU and STRANGER WITH MY FACE -- were made-for-TV movies. I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER and HOTEL FOR DOGS were box office hits.

Although young people are most familiar with Lois Duncan's fictional suspense novels, adults may know her best as the author of WHO KILLED MY DAUGHTER?, the true story of the murder of Kaitlyn Arquette, the youngest of Lois's five children. Kait's heartbreaking story has been featured on such TV shows as Unsolved Mysteries, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Sally Jessy Raphael and Inside Edition. A full account of the family's on-going personal investigation of this still unsolved homicide can be found on the Internet at http://kaitarquette.arquettes.com.

Lois Duncan's personal web page is at http://loisduncan.arquettes.com.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Annette on October 24, 2011
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I read this book when I was 13 (yes that makes me old) but not too old to order it from amazon when I found who the author was by using amazon's website for books without authors. This book is about Lynn Chambers, daughter of Dr. Chambers who's job takes him from the exclusive side of the town as he treats all people from all walks of life. Her crowd is mostly from "the hill" the exclusive and monied families and is excited when she learns they are making the Debuts into society. She doesn't know that her father will not allow her to become a deb and feels as though she gets left out of everything. On top of this drama, her boyfriend is away at college with her brother so she does feel like an outsider with the friends she has always hung out with. She does find out that there are many activites and people not associated with the "hill crowd" and finds herself enjoying new and different people and realizes that her father did make a good choice by not allowing her to participate. As it says in the book, "some of the finest people I know don't come from the hill." It's a fun book to read and I'm glad that I get to re-read it again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer K. Gibbons on October 4, 2013
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Huzzah! Lois Duncan's first novel is back in print, thanks to Lizzie Skurnick books! Duncan's regular readers might be surprised; no dead teachers make an appearance, no ghosts, no evil ghosts lurking about the fringes. However, something else is lurking: the structure of class, and the difference between haves and have nots.

Lynn Chambers is a girl of her times: she has good friends, an irritating little sister, a boyfriend who just went to college but she gets to wear his ring around her neck. At the start of her senior year, she finds out that a woman has decided to have a debutante season in Rivertown. All the upper class girls in Lynn's circle are thrilled. Lynn is beyond excited. However, her father puts his foot down: no daughter of his will be a deb. For the first time in her life, Lynn is an outsider.

However, being an outsider isn't that bad. She gets to know Annie Masters, a wonderful artist who is on the wrong side of the tracks; Annie's brother Dirk, who is crushing on Lynn. Lynn finds out her senior year that there are all types of people, and there's a difference in how they are treated by social class. This is a fantastic debut for Lizzie Skurnick books!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Kraus on March 24, 2014
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I met Lois Duncan and bought her book because of her wonderful speech she gave at a conference. I wanted to see some of her earlier writing. I loved reading this. It reminds me of the "olden days" when I grew up. I liked the messages on values it gives and the story line. She does an amazing writing job. Good characters, great descriptions and I especially like her word choice. IT was a fun read from beginning to end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pamela crist on July 1, 2014
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I received my order promptly in great condition. It was good as I ever remembered when reading it as a junior in high school in the very early 70's. The memory of this book has stayed with me through the years and I am very happy to have been able to purchase it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristen De Haan on July 30, 2014
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It was fun to read this very first novel of Lois Duncan's, but it wasn't great. I'm sure she'd say the same thing. Certainly not at all like her subsequent books. Worth a read if you are a big Duncan fan.
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