Magnificent Marvel Supersale

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    Interviews | March 10, 2015

    Shawn Donley: IMG Claire Fuller: The Interview

    Claire FullerOur Endless Numbered Days tells the story of eight-year-old Peggy and her survivalist father, James, who inexplicably leave behind their London home... Continue »

Qualifying orders ship free.
Used Mass Market
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
2 Burnside Children's Young Adult- General

Killing Mr. Griffin (Laurel Leaf Books)


Killing Mr. Griffin (Laurel Leaf Books) Cover

ISBN13: 9780440945154
ISBN10: 0440945151
Condition: Standard
All Product Details

Only 2 left in stock at $2.95!



Author Q & A

Lois Duncan grew up in Sarasota, Florida and from early childhood she knew she wanted to be a writer. She submitted her first story to a magazine at the age of 10 and made her first sale at 13. Throughout her high-school years, she wrote regularly for young people's publications, particularly Seventeen Magazine.

"My first book was a young adult novel because I wrote it at age 20, and teenage subject matter was all I knew about," Duncan says. "Today, although I write other types of books as well, I still choose to write primarily for teenagers because I love the sensitivity, vulnerability and responsiveness of that age reader."

Duncan is best known for her brilliant psychological suspense novels. She was drawn to this genre because those were the books he enjoyed reading. Of her writing technique, she once said, "Although I've been told that some authors start writing with only a general idea in mind and let their stories evolve on their own, I couldn't work that way. My books are tightly plotted and carefully constructed; every sentence is there for a reason. Personally, I can't imagine writing a book without knowing exactly how it's going to end. It would be like setting out on a cross-country trip without a road map."

Her next writing project was, by necessity, of a totally different nature. "There was no way I could force myself to create a fictional mystery when our real-life mystery was consuming me," she says. "For sanity's sake, I decided that I had to switch channels." The result was The Circus Comes Home, a book for all ages about life behind the scenes at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Duncan's home town was winter quarters for the circus in the 1940s, and her photographer father, Joseph Steinmetz, captured its magic on film. His remarkable photographs of elephants climbing onto the circus train, Emmett Kelly, the clown, in a bubble bath, and the Flying Wallendas teaching their four-year-old to walk the high wire provide stunning illustrations for Duncan's colorful essay about "a life that was fashioned of sawdust and star dust."

Duncan's most popular teenage novels have had to do with psychic phenomena, a subject that she admits she used to consider fantasy. "Today I believe differently," she says. "My experiences with psychic detectives during Kait's murder investigation have forced me to change my mind about what is and isn't possible. I feel a responsibility to let my readers know that ESP, as represented in books of mine such as A Gift of Magic and The Third Eye, is a reality." Other popular novels for teens by the author include Killing Mr. Griffen and I Know What You Did Last Summer, both of which were recently adapted for film.

Her nonfiction book, Psychic Connections: A Journey into the MysteriousWorld of Psi, written in collaboration with William Roll, Ph.D., projectdirector for the Psychical Research Foundation, introduces teenagers to thefascinating world of parapsychology. Based on laboratory research anddocumented case histories, Psychic Connections addresses such subjectsas astral projection, near-death experiences, apparitions and hauntings,poltergeists, clairvoyance, telepathy, and practical applications of ESP, suchas the use of psychic detectives by law enforcement.

author fun facts

Born: April 28 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Education: University of New Mexico

Currently lives: North Carolina

Favorite . . .

. . . hobbies: photography

. . . foods: rare roast beef, spaghetti, avocados, tomatoes, shell fish, anything chocolate

. . . clothes to wear: shorts and bare feet in summer; jeans and sweat shirts in winter

. . colors: yellow

. . . books: everything

Inspiration for writing: It's what I do. Like breathing.

If you would like to ask Lois Duncan a question of your own, send email to

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 2 comments:

tp9ps555123, March 17, 2007 (view all comments by tp9ps555123)
This is a pretty good book, especially if you like suspense! The storyline is kind of hard to keep up with because it constantly goes from one scene to another in some parts of the book, so it's hard to keep track of what day it is after the students kill Mr. Griffin and everything, but this book will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat!
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(6 of 12 readers found this comment helpful)
VansHatLuvMuffin, November 9, 2006 (view all comments by VansHatLuvMuffin)
I love this book!!!!! It is so realistic and full of action!! It was banned in certain places, but that just makes you want to read it even more!!! I just could not stop reading, yet I dreaded getting to the end!!!
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(4 of 13 readers found this comment helpful)
View all 2 comments

Product Details

Duncan, Lois
Laurel Leaf
New York :
Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Mystery and detective stories
Social Situations - General
School & Education
Horror & Ghost Stories
Mystery fiction
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Suspense
English teachers
Social Issues - General
Situations / General
Children s-Scary Stories
Edition Number:
Laurel-Leaf library
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Laurel Leaf Books
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 7
6.90x4.21x.60 in. .25 lbs.
Age Level:

Other books you might like

  1. I Am the Cheese (Laurel-Leaf Library) Used Mass Market $2.50
  2. Forgotten Fire
    Used Mass Market $2.95
  3. The Face on the Milk Carton Used Mass Market $2.95
  4. The House of the Scorpion
    Used Trade Paper $4.95
  5. We All Fall down
    Used Mass Market $2.95
  6. Sold Used Trade Paper $4.95

Related Subjects

Children's » Activities » General
Children's » General
Children's » Middle Readers » General
Children's » Scary Stories » General
Children's » Situations » General
Featured Titles » Banned Books » Children's
Featured Titles » Banned Books » Young Adult
Young Adult » Fiction » Paranormal
Young Adult » General

Killing Mr. Griffin (Laurel Leaf Books) Used Mass Market
0 stars - 0 reviews
$2.95 In Stock
Product details 224 pages Laurel-Leaf Books - English 9780440945154 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A group of students kidnap their teacher to "teach him a lesson," but their plans go awry when he dies, leaving them in a morass of lies and guilt.
"Synopsis" by , The plan was only to scare their English teacher...

They never actually intended to kill Mr. Griffin. But sometimes plans go wrong.

  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at