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Stranger with My Face Mass Market Paperback – October 15, 1982


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf (October 15, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440983568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440983569
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,647,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Have you ever been haunted by the feeling that someone is spying on you, lurking around your house and yard, even entering your bedroom? Are your friends plotting against you when they say they've seen you do things you know you haven't done? What's going on -- and does Laurie really want to find out?

From the Inside Flap

Have you ever been haunted by the feeling that someone is spying on you, lurking around your house and yard, even entering your bedroom? Are your friends plotting against you when they say they've seen you do things you know you haven't done? What's going on -- and does Laurie really want to find out?

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

Great for young adults.
CrazyDLO
This book is very interesting and has a lot of twists that keeps you from wanting to read more.
Giovanni Caputo
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery/thriller.
Shannon Martin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 9, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was another wonderful book from Lois Duncan!!! It is haunting and thrilling both at the same time. It had a lot of twists and turns, although a few of them were a little predictable.

Stranger With My Face is about Laurie, a pretty high schooler, who is just beginning to gain popularity. She has a popular boyfriend and is about to go to a end-of-the-summer party with him that evening. Unfortunately she gets a 24 hour bug which forced her to stay home. The next day at school everyone insists they saw her out on the beach with another guy, but she wasn't! Soon after all this the story becomes more fast paced as she soon discovers there is someone else with her face who seems to be everywhere. At first Laurie wants to learn more about this girl who she finds out is her sister. She wants to become closer to her and be a real friend to her, but soon Laurie finds out the true evil intentions of her twin. Her own parents won't listen to Laurie when she tries to tell them about what all is happening to her. Her 2 friends believe her and her other sister, who is 8, does too, but is will cost them. Slowly the evil twin begins to eliminate the only 3 believers. The twin then begins to take over Laurie's life.

This book was really good and I definitely recommend it to any of Lois Duncan's many fans. It helps you to realize that it doesn't matter what you look like. READ THIS CREEPY BOOK!!!:)
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Beth Jones VINE VOICE on April 7, 2000
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few writers spook me like Duncan does. Stranger with my Face was the first book of hers I read. Although the actual plot doesn't thrill, its the depth of the bad character's evilness and the manipulating game she plays on the main character that really makes this story good. Also, there is romance, family bonding and loyalty among friends that makes this book even better. If you like romance, spooky thrillers and happy endings, I recommend this book highly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 22, 2004
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Stranger with my Face is about a seventeen year old Navajo girl named Laurie who was adopted at birth by a loving family. She is popular and very kind. Little does she know that she had a twin. Lia, her twin, appears in places by astral projecting creating the illusion that Laurie is where she isn't. Through the story, Lia tries to mess up her twin's friendships, relation ships, and finally her whole life. During this ordeal, Laurie meets new friends who help her through everything when her other friend wouldn't even believe her. Laurie not only sloves a mystery, but she finds her true self and her backround. She also learns the valuble lesson of friendship.
I would definately recomend this book to teens. Those who like mystery and suspense would like it as well as those who don't like to read. This book will get you hooked for sure! Lois Duncan writes it so you get sucked in within the first chapter. Try it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 11, 2004
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I read the book Stranger With My Face for my independent reading project in my English class. It is a fiction book by Lois Duncan. Some of the themes were horror a lot of mystery. Stranger With My Face is about a girl named Laurie Stratton. Laurie is adopted and later finds out that she has a twin sister named Lia who was seperated from her at birth. Throughout the book, after meeting Lia, weird things start happening. Lia tries to take over Lauries' life by taking over her body through astral-projection, and her friends and family start claiming they're seeing her in places she hasn't been and doing things she isn't. Laurie has to figure out how to stop Lia and keep her from ruining her life.
I was very interested in this book because it kept me wanting to read more and more. The first few chapters were a little slow but after that it just pulled me in and kept me enticed for the rest of the story. I would recommend this book to teenagers because they might be able to relate to Lauries character better than younger kids. I would also recommend it to anyone who likes to be scared from what they read because it deffinatly creeped me out a lot.
Meghan R.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 25, 2006
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Stranger with my face
Stranger with my face is by Lois Duncan. This book is a real thriller! It's about this girl named Laurie who sees herself, but, it isn't really her. When she first encounters this, it was her former boyfriend who claims he had seen her on the beach, but, it couldn't be her because she was at home sick. The second time she encounters this, her dad claims he had seen her go to her room, but, she really was at school. When Laurie finally comes face to face with this imposter, she sees herself in the mirror, but the Laurie in the mirror had her mouth open while smiling but, Laurie wasn't really smiling nor had her mouth open! Therefore, Laurie named that look alike "mirror girl". Throughout the story Laurie finds out that she was adopted from adopted Mom and Dad and she had a twin named Lia. She also discovers she is Navajo and she can use astral projection. Astral projection is when you can leave your mortal body with your soul and go around the world using your soul. But, there is something different about Lia... she's evil!
I like this book because it's a book you can't put down but, keep reading it. I'd recommend this book to any one who likes thrillers. This book is not prolonging nor is it a snore; it's a book you'll love to read! If you want to know why Lia is evil then I suggest you read the book for yourself to discover what Lia's plan really is..!
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