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Stranger With My Face a novel by Lois Duncan

9 Ratings: 3.1
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Author: Lois Duncan
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Date Published: October 15, 1982
1 review about Stranger With My Face a novel by Lois Duncan

Appeals to all Ages!

  • May 6, 2009
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I am almost a middle-aged adult but I greatly enjoy Ms. Duncan's books. Though they are geared towards teenagers, they appeal to everyone. This one is about a teenage girl (Laurie) who lives with her successful writer parents and siblings in a New England mansion on an island. The other teenagers from the island are very snobbish against anyone who is not from the island.

The teens have a big end of summer party that Laurie is unable to attend because she has a type of flu. However, the gang appears really angry at her because they claim she didn't attend because she was walking the beach with a new boyfriend. Laurie knows that this didn't happen because she was sick in bed. However, two of her friends claim they saw her walking on the beach.

Things start to get really spooky when her father then claims to see her in the house when she was at school and then Laurie's sister claims that she was floating outside her high window looking in. To top it off, Laurie senses that another girl was in her room sitting on her bed and looking at some of her things. Then Laurie catches her own reflection in a window with a smile, while Laurie knows she wasn't smiling.

Laurie then meets a new girl, Helen, who is from Arizona and definitely not the type of person that Laurie's "friends" would want to know. Helen happens to be real nice and soon becomes Laurie's best friend. Laurie opens up to Helen about all the mysterious things that have been happening to her and Helen suggests it may have to do with astral projection because she knew a Navaho chief who could do that.

More intrigue and surprises abound in this well written semi-thriller. To tell any more would give away some of the suspense but Ms. Duncan does an excellent job throughout and the reader should finish this book rather quickly. A great book that you should be able to read in no more than two sittings.

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