Thursday, August 12, 2010

Throwback Thursday: Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan

If Judy Blume was the queen of tween and teen lit in the 70s and 80s, Lois Duncan was a distant relative.  Though she's probably best known for penning I Know What You Did Last Summer, my favorite book of hers was Killing Mr. Griffin.  Interesting fact: she also wrote Hotel for DogsI Know..., Hotel for Dogs and Killing Mr. Griffin were turned into movies.  Can't say that I cared for any of the screen adaptations.

 Synopsis:  They only meant to scare him.

Mr. Griffin is the strictest teacher at Del Norte High, with a penchant for endless projects and humiliating his students. Even straight-A student Susan can't believe how mean he is to the charismatic Mark Kinney. So when her crush asks Susan to help a group of students teach a lesson of their own, she goes along. After all, it's a harmless prank, right?

But things don't go according to plan. When one "accident" leads to another, people begin to die. Susan and her friends must face the awful truth: one of them is a killer.

Originally published: 1978

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