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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 950L (What's this?)
  • Series: Laurel-Leaf Suspense Fiction
  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf; English Language edition (September 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440201845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440201847
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.7 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,121,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

When Brad tells Tracy that his little sister Mindy has been kidnapped by his stepfather, she promises to help him locate the child. Tracy is moved by Brad's story and defiant of the aunt and uncle she has lived with ever since her mother was stabbed to death. They find the toddler Brad is searching for, and Tracy arranges to baby-sit for Mindy, then turn her over to Brad. But the situation turns dangerous when Brad shows up with a gun, and Tracy realizes that the story he told was far from the truth. Duncan, a master of the YA suspense novel with such books as Locked in Time and The Third Eye, has created another gripping psychological tale with an absolutely unpredictable (but thoroughly believable) twist at the end. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-9 Tracy believes that she's doing the right thing when she helps Brad kidnap his little sister after she had been stolen by his stepfather. But things are not as they seem. Brad and Tracy have taken the wrong child, whom Brad mistakenly believes is his sister Mindy. Too late, Tracy realizes she's trapped in the car with a boy who may be crazy, and whose actions have led to a search warrant for their arrest. Duncan skillfully draws readers into this twisting and suspenseful plot. She captures perfectly the gullibility of adolescence; Tracy's well-meaning intentions make the resulting consequences of her actions all the more horrifying. As in I Know What You Did Last Summer (Little, 1973), this book relies on realism, rather than the supernatural, to terrify. One minor complaintalthough Brad and his friend Jamie both gain some insight into themselves by the end of the book, it is not clear that Tracy ever does. There is no evidence of her acknowledging her aunt and uncle's love for her or the consequences of her own actions. In spite of this, Duncan offers a well-written thriller that's sure to be popular. Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

Everything ran smoothly, it just was a bit boring to me.
Julie B.
The book was so good I couldn't but the book down because it was full of suspension, and it kept my attention to read the book more.
Shirley Bennett
I would recomend this book to a student because it is a very good mystery and if you like mystery books you should read it.
Becky Leighty

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Beth Jones VINE VOICE on April 7, 2000
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When I read this book, I expected something different having read Duncan's other books. However, she captures the true emotional manipulation girls with low self-esteem can be used for. The suspense keeps you glued to the book even though it drags at parts. Truly a hitchcock style plot, the twist and warped perspective behind her reasoning for helping this guy snatch the girl plays it bizarrely in the end.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Bennett on November 10, 2003
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For the last couple of weeks I have been reading this book called The Twisted Window by Lois Duncan. Here are some reasons this book is good, and why I chose to read it. The book keeps you guessing all the way to the end because you don't know what's going to happen next. The story is full of suspension, and clues all through the story. This book is a great book to read if you're in to misters. The book was so good I couldn't but the book down because it was full of suspension, and it kept my attention to read the book more. The main things that I like about this book are the way the charters are, and the way there described. And here are some descriptions that interested me.
There was this young girl in high school named Tracy Lloyds, a girl who moved to her uncle and Aunts home in Winfield Taxies. Because her mother got murdered in New York where they lived, and Tracy's father didn't want Tracy. Tracy mostly kept to her self and was not worried about others being friends with her. Tracy told her self never to like taxies, or the people. Tracy was really a loner, and she never truest anyone because she was really paranoid about every thing.
Then there was Brad Johnson who was from Albuquerque in New Mexico who was not known in Winfield High school, but who was vary odd and wearied to Tracy because the way he acted. He even watched her and did not understand why an odd handsome guy would be looking her direction. Brad did come to her, and ask for help because she seemed like someone Brad can trusted. But the question is help with what?
This book is full of mysteries and the person who is reading it would want to find out what happens next. Because once you thing you understand it something else happens so it leaves you with suspension.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 1999
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I thought The Twisted Window, by Lois Duncan, was a good book. It's about a girl, Tracy, who has been chosen by this guy named Brad to help him carry out his plans. At first it seems innocent enough, but as you get farther into the book you realize that Brad is not exactly what he seems to be. Tracy then realizes how deep she has gotten in. It is now her problem, too. She must fix what she has done. I like this book because it has some unexpected twists to the characters. Once I started reading I had to know what was going to happen, so I couldn't put it down. The story fits together well and is realistic. I found myself wondering what I would have done in Tracy's position. It wasn't the best book that I have ever read but it's definitely at the top of my list.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 2000
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Tracy a Winfield High junior, goes with Brad Johnson on a trip she will not soon forget. The hansom Brad seems like a nice boy. Brad asks Tracy to go along with him to re-kidnap his half-sister from his ex-stepfather. Tracy accepts. On their journey, odd facts about Brad change her mind about the kind of person Brad really is. The Twisted Window is for people eleven to adult. It is full of twists and turns. Therefore I give this novel five stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Autumn on March 2, 2004
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The twisted window was an unbelievable book. There are so many things that are in the book that you would never expect, it is full of surprises.
Brad Johnson will find Tracy Lloyd and when he does we wonder why he picks her to help him find his missing baby sister out of all the other students at the high school. They take many adventures together such as a babysitting job, and a kidnapping... Later we will find out the answers to many different questions that we may have throughout the book.
You will find out why Brad acts the way that he does. Is it because of love or is it something else?
There are so many different actions that takes place through the book and they all fall together at the end. This is a wonderful book, sit down and enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn on November 26, 2001
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The Twisted Window is a good book. It is about an insane kid called Brad. He "lost" his toddler sister. He tried to find her with the help of a girl that looks like his best friend, Jamie. They get into a lot of trouble while trying to find Mindy, Brad's sister. I would recommend this book to people who like mysteries. If you read this book and like it, I think you would like some other books written by Lois Duncan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wajihah on February 24, 2008
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I can't exactly say how I feel about the authors writing. It is different from most styles I usually read. I guess I could say that I liked it. I pretty much agreed with the author's opinions and everything. The only part I didn't agree with was when Jamie was a girl and not a boy. I thought that Jamie should have been a boy because it would have made more sense. Also, making Jamie a girl, the author made a dramatic change which I wasn't expecting.
The plot was good because it was different than what books are usually about. But the problem was that I knew he was crazy and that it really wasn't his baby sister but someone else he kidnapped. At first I thought he was going to steal the baby for money but towards the climax I learned that he was crazy and had no idea that what he was doing was wrong.
I think this would be a pretty good book for young adults to read. I don't think teachers should use this book in their classrooms because it isn't that type. Usually when we read books in classrooms, there's a moral to it or a type of message. This book doesn't exactly have an moral or an important message. The only message I can think of is don't trust anyone no matter how believeable their story is.
I recommend this book to people who enjoy suspense and dramatic changes in the plot.
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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.

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