Lois Duncan, author of more than 40 books, died suddenly on June 15 in Bradenton, FL, at the age of 82. Her books, including I Know What You Did Last Summer, Killing Mr. Griffin, and Stranger with My Face, helped to create the niche of teen-oriented publishing.
Her suspense thrillers, several with a paranormal twist, earned her the Margaret A. Edwards Award for a Distinguished Body of Work for Young Adults in 1992. “Lois Duncan provides readers a window to a world that houses many different individuals: the strong, the weak, the kind, the evil, the fortunate, the underprivileged, the arrogant, the submissive, the caring, and the indifferent,” read the award citation. The award committee found that “Duncan’s characters face a universal truth—your actions are important and you are responsible for them.”
By Rocco Staino www.slj.com