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Killing Mr. Griffin [Paperback]

Lois Duncan
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Oct. 5 2010
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.

Leave the lights on when reading this classic thriller! This new edition features modernized text and a new introduction by Lois Duncan, the master of teen horror.

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The plan was only to scare their English teacher...

They never actually intended to kill Mr. Griffin. But sometimes plans go wrong. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Lois Duncan is an acclaimed suspense author for young adults. She has published nearly 50 books for children, including I Know What You Did Last Summer, which was adapted into a highly-successful horror film, and Who Killed My Daughter?, a non-fiction book about the harrowing experience of her daughter's murder.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Killing Mr. Griffin March 19 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Killing Mr. Griffin is about these students that dislike their English teacher (Mr. Griffin) a lot. The hate him so much, that they come up with this very cruel plan. They want to kidnap him and scare him. They don't plan to kill him, but anything can go wrong. They leave him up at the mountains for about six hours. When they go back, they find him... dead. Now, how do they get rid of the body in a way where they can't get caught? They can't...
Killing Mr. Griffin is a great and frightening book. I like this book, because it makes you want to finish it, especially on the end of the middle. I like murder books like Killing Mr. Griffin. There are very exciting parts in the book. Like when they leave him up in the mountains and they try to get away. Here is a quote that explains when they are leaving Mr. Griffin, "Betsy turned to throw one last look at the man by the stream. He was lying very still. Only his chest was moving-up and down-up and down-as though he had been running hard. Betsy had a sudden childish impulse to run back and step on his face." Killing Mr. Griffin is a very good book.
This book is thrilling, but there are some boring parts and extremely sad parts. A boring part was when Mr. Griffin was talking to his wife. It was quite boring but I still read it. A sad part was when they kidnapped Mr. Griffin. Their plan was to make this girl (Susan) stall him long enough (by a conference) so that they could capture him while no one sees...So the middle was the best part of the whole book. I think this book is a great book.
Killing Mr. Griffin is one of the best murder books I ever read. It was suspenseful and amusing. Though you have to read some parts again because it get confusing. I think everyone should at least read this book once.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Prank Gone Too Far! Feb. 6 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a scary novel in light of Columbine and other tragedies. A university teacher, tired of the poor students he is receiving, decides that the only way to make a difference is to try to mold them in high school. The only problem is that he is a perfectionist, thinking that super-discipline will mold his students into great college material. He doesn't think for one minute that his methods would work in the military but not with teenagers.
The students see Mr. Griffin as a heartless and mean person that will ruin their chance to graduate and get into a good college. Everything seems to come to a head when one student has a homework paper blown away by the wind and tells Mr. Griffen so, saying that he will redo the paper. Mr. Griffen has absolutely no sympathy and he just tells the student that he will not accept a late paper, thus the student will fail.
Several members of the class get together and decide that the only way to get Mr. Griffin to change his way is to scare him. To do this, they will kidnap him and only let him go when he is really scarred. Unfortunately nothing goes as planned. Mr. Griffin is not scarred and maybe not such a bad guy after all.
The students carry the prank on too long and unfortunately Mr. Griffin dies. They now have to deal with what they did and realize too late that it wasn't a good idea.
This book should be read by young teens to make them think about their actions before they do it. A lot of hazings and other things that teens may think are fun, sometimes have serious consequences. Adults will also enjoy this very well written book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Five Star Book!(and well worth it) Nov. 6 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
It all starts when a former college professor turns to highschool teaching. He is rather strict with his students, which makes many of his students dislike him. He teaches an advanced course, so mostly seniors are in it for college credits. Although, there is one junior named Susan McConnell in Mr. Griffin's class. Mr. Griffin won't tell anyone except his wife, but he thinks Susan is one of the best, if not, the best student in his class. He fears telling her that because he believes her work will get sloppy and she will think she can slide right through the course. Susan has a crush on a handsome senior named David Ruggles. This gets her into trouble. A few of David's friends think it would be funny if they played a joke on Mr. Griffin. So, David, Jeff Garrett, Mark Kinney, and Betsy Cline decide to kidnap him and teach him a lesson. They decide they could use Susan to lure Mr. Griffin into their trap, when Susan starts to lure him, Mr. Griffin tells her how much he appreciates her as a student and her work. Susan feels guilty, but its too late. All they wanted to do is teach him a lesson, they never wanted to kill him. I would recommend this book to people from the ages 13 and up. In my opinion, I do not believe that this book is appropriate for children younger, because even I cried when I read it. This book is especially good for teenagers who think they have problem teachers, and would like an answer to some questions about how teachers really think. This book may not be appropriate, however, for people who cannot stand a little devastation and fear. Lastly, I would recommend this book to people who like mystery, suspense, and horror.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Earns an English teacher's high praise! Dec 28 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Yep, I teach English, and I demand a lot from my students. Should I worry that so many reviewers found the kidnap scene funny? Perhaps, but the true strength of this novel lies in its insight into the confusion and uncertainty felt by Sue and David particularly as they find themselves caught in a plot to scare a disliked teacher which soon spirals out of control. Duncan also does an excellent job of capturing Brian Griffin's dedication to his students and his reasons for being so demanding. Thus, readers are swept along with alternating sympathies, first for lonely Sue, then for the kidnapped Mr. Griffin, then for Mrs. Griffin, who knows Sue is lying about her husband's last hours, finally for David, who suffers a terrible loss himself as the story draws to a close. This is an outstanding book which will grab and hold the attention of any reader who has ever wished to exact revenge on someone in power, be it a teacher, boss, or even parent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars yup
Well, her writing is kinda juvenile but it was nice to read the book that preceded the crappy tv movie. It arrived fast and in great quality.
Published 4 months ago by Heidi Leigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Lois Duncan Books
All of the books by Lois Duncan will keep you reading all night long, you never want to put this or other books by her down! This book Killing Mr. Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by Brianna D.
5.0 out of 5 stars "Run!"
"Run!" was the last phrase Mr. Griffin said to one of his 'better students' after a conference with Susan McConnell before he was abducted to a far away place in the mountains. Read more
Published on May 6 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A good story.
Four Kids are the main characters along with Mr.Griffin. A girl named susan narrates the book, usally the geek, she gets invited to a place by a bunch of popular girls and guys... Read more
Published on March 27 2004 by Nia S.
3.0 out of 5 stars Killing Mr. Griffin-- Did They Kill Him on Purpose....
For our class we had to pick a book and read it by December 1st. I chose to read KILLING MR. GRIFFIN by LOUIS DUNCAN. Read more
Published on Dec 8 2003 by Becca
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but forgettable
Young Adult reading. I watched this movie at the end of August. I didn't realize that it was based on a book until Banned Books Week rolled around and I saw it on the list. Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2003 by T. L. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars MY FAV BOOK OF ALL TIMES
Published on Sept. 20 2003 by A. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars A Honduran fan
I remember in high school they made us read any book, i never liked it so i decided to pick any mystery book and the tittle "killing mr. griffin" grabbed my attention. Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2003 by Andrea V
5.0 out of 5 stars Students love this book
I have used this novel for the past couple years in my grade 9 and 10 english classes. The students really enjoy reading about the group of students that plan to kidnap their... Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars The Excitment of the book "Killing Mr. Griffin"
I thingk that this book was very well written. I think that Lois Dunkin is a great mystery wrighter. All of the books i've read by her i've loved. The book Killing Mr. Read more
Published on May 27 2003 by Lindsey
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