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Killing Mr. Griffin

By Monica Wyatt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Engrossing, violent thriller about peer pressure.

Book Lois Duncan School 1978
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This tensely engaging book has been criticized for its violence, though it directly describes almost none; instead, we see the results of violence. We see how Mrs. Griffin suffers when her husband disappears, and how the kids feel a trap slowly closing around them. Lois Duncan skillfully builds the suspense until Mark's disguised sickness explodes.

We care about these kids as we watch them make decisions that will ruin their lives. Duncan forces all her characters to take the consequences of their actions. That realism lifts the book above the pulp-fiction genre and has kept it among the most popular young-adult novels for more than 20 years. The lessons it teaches about teenage peer pressure has kept it on many required reading lists -- this is one the kids can enjoy.

Book Details

  • Author: Lois Duncan
  • Genre: School
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Laurel-Leaf
  • Publication date: January 1, 1978
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 14
  • Number of pages: 223
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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