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They Never Came Home. Hardcover – June 1, 1969


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Doubleday (June 1969)
  • ISBN-10: 0385053118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385053112
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,863,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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They couldn't have just disappeared! Or could they?

That's the way it looks when Dan and Larry don't return from a weekend camping trip in the mountains. Then Joan, Larry's sister, gets a mysterious call from a man who says Larry owes him a lot of money. Where could her brother be?

Can Joan, with the help of dan's brother Frank, find Dan and Larry? Or are the two destined never to returm? --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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They couldn't have just disappeared! Or could  they?



That's the way it looks when  Dan and Larry don't retum from a weekend camping  trip in the mountains. Then Joan, Larry's sister,  gets a mysterious call from a man who says Larry  owes him a lot of money. Where could her brother  be?



Can Joan, with the help of dan's  brother Frank, find Dan and Larry? Or are the two  destined never to returm? --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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."

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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book for my teenage sons to read. When they told me how good the book was, I decided to read it. They were right. I loved it! The suspense is so fast paced. There was never a dull moment. I gave the book to my mother and she loved it as well. It certainly crossed all age barriers. Although it is definitely not meant for young kids, I highly recommend the book for teens, as well as older adults.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 2000
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I thought this was a great book. It had a lot of mystery in it which I rarely ever read. It's about two friends that go on a hiking trip and never come home. After the families had agreed to end the search party, a man calls the Drayfus household to tell them that their son owed him a lot of money. This particular chapter is a critical one because that is when it takes a complete turn around. This book contains a lot of fears and mystery which makes it great I highly recommend it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By marisa silberman on November 3, 2002
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In the novel, They Never Came Home by Lois Duncan, two boys; Larry Drayfus and Dan Cotwell go camping one weekend and never return home. When the boys hadn't come home from camping in three days their family's started to get nervous. Larry was grounded and was supposed to be sent off to military school the next fall. But when he invited his sister, Joan's boyfriend, Dan to go camping with him for the weekend he was granted permission to go. Dan was graduating this year and was supposed to be valedictorian. They had planned to go to the Mogollons Mountains for the weekend and return on Sunday night. But when Wednesday rolled around people started to wonder what was going on and they sent out search parties for them. After days of searching they gave up and figured they were dead. Until Joan got a call from a man named Mr. Brown....
I would recommend this novel to people my age. I would recommend it because it keeps you on the edge of your seat and you never want to put it down. I had to read this for English class and usually I dislike all the books I read for English. But this book was so good I read all 185 pages of it in two days because I could not wait to finish it. This book has many twists and turns and really makes you think about the people and world around you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 21, 1998
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Wow! I'm the first pereson to review this book. I liked this book. I didn't think it was scary or suspenseful; I thought it was pure mystery-putting together parts of a puzzle. It was very well written. The way Lois Duncan kept switching from Albequerque with the two families and then to California with "Lance and Dave Carter" was good because you just don't know what the heck is going on! Dave says he can't remember anything..... I love the way she described the change of seasons with lines like "The sunlight sliding through the window to fall golden across the desk was heavy and warm, not the thin pale sun of April.", "As spring slid into summer, so did June slip past and become the first hot days of July.", and "The long months of summer moved slowly past, and August became September." I loved the way Lois Duncan described Larry descending in the air down to the ground. Did he die? Another reason I liked this book was because I thought the villian, what he did, and the reasons he did them were very creative. He was a unique and EVIL villian. Comparing the main villians of her books is always fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 17, 2001
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This book is way cool!! It had a twist and was really good. The only 2 things I didn't like about it was that some of the parts were boring and the end seemed rushed. I wish the end was more drawn out, but otherwise I liked reading the book a lot! It's really good!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luke Linde on March 4, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
This book is great. i'd suggest this book to anyone who has a hard time finding good reading material or doesn't even like to read because it'll keep u on the edge of your seat at all times. If u can, READ IT!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
I really liked the book "They never came Home" by Lois Duncan becase it kept my attention in all parts where they went to the chapter about David and Lance! I think they should have told us before they changed their names beacause I got really confused when I was reading that part! Other than that, it was pretty great!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Hayes on March 30, 2000
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We've been reading the novel in school and I found it to be such a great book I ordered one for myself! I couldn't put it down it's just so mysterious and you never know what's going to happen next! And the book just keeps getting a little weirder and more mysterious the more you read on! It's a great book I would suggest anybody read this book.
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