Killing Mr. Griffin

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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.

A teenager casually suggests playing a cruel trick on the English teacher, but did he intend it to end with murder.

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Overview

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

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

A teenager casually suggests playing a cruel trick on the English teacher, but did he intend it to end with murder.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606869222
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 248
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet 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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"So how does it feel?" Mark was asking in a high, nasal twang, as though he had just been imported from the back hills of the Ozarks.  "How do you like it being on the ground for a change?  It's not so great is it, being down where people can walk on you?  Well, now you know how your students feel all the time."

Mr.  Griffin lay silent.  Only the straining of the tendons in his neck showed that he was conscious and listening.

"Well, how does it feel?" Mark repeated.  "We want an answer.  Did you hear me--sir?"

"Yes, I heard you," Mr. Griffin said shortly.

"Your answer--sir?"

"My answer," Mr.  Griffin said in his cold, clipped voice, "is that if you know what's good for you, you'll untie this rope this instant.  If it's money you're after, I don't have any on me.  I carry a checkbook."

"We don't want your money," David said.  "We're not thieves."

"What are you then?" Mr.  Griffin asked him.  "Besides punks and kidnappers, that is?"

"We are your students, present, past and future," Mark told him, the corner of his mouth twitching slightly with the closest Betsy had ever seen him come to a smile.  "We are representatives of every poor kid who has ever walked into your dungeon of a classroom.  We come to bring you 'the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.' We're here to deliver revenge."

"If this is a joke," Mr.  Griffin said, "it's not funny.  It's the sort of childish demonstration I'd expect from five-year-olds, not high school seniors.  How many of you are there?"

"A lot," Jeff said.  "Twenty--twenty-five--thirty!"  He glanced at Betsy and grinned.  "Would you believe fifty--a hundred--everybody who's ever had to take a class from you?"

"That's ridiculous.  There can't be more than three of you.  I've only heard three voices.  And all of you are boys."

Mark glanced up at Betsy and nodded.

"Are you sure of that?" she asked, holding her nose as she spoke so that her voice came out as nasal as Mark's had been.  "I'm not a boy.  There are a lot of us girls who hate you too, you know."

Mr.  Griffin gave a start of surprise.  Quite evidently he had not expected this.  "Then there was another car," he said.  "Some of you came in another car."

"There are lots of other cars," Jeff said.  "Dozens of them.  I told you, we're all here.  None of us wanted to miss this."

"Miss what?"

There was a slight pause.  Then Mark said, "Nobody wanted to miss watching you die."

  

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  • Posted October 6, 2009

    Killing Mr. Griffin

    This book is meant for audiences of 12 to 15 years of age. I think the theme of this book is to not trust just anyone. Popularity isn't all that important. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy suspense and watching crime shows.

    Lois Duncan has written over 40 books in her lifetime mostly in the suspense genre. She wrote Killing Mr. Griffin in 1978. The best part of this book was at the very end. Although it does keep you on your toes the whole time. In the beginning Sue McConnell, David Ruggles, Betsy Cline, Mark Kinney, and Jeff Garrett decide to kidnap their English teacher who they all dislike. Everything goes according to plan until Mr. Griffin, the English teacher, dies after being left in the wilderness alone. The kids have to work together in order to keep from getting caught.

    The plot was very well laid out. It could have had a bit more falling action, but the resolution was really great. This book had an unexpected ending that really tied the whole story together. All the characters really don't understand one another till the end.

    The main thing I learned from this book is to be careful who you trust. Popularity isn't everything. The plot is relatively simple. A group of high school students kidnap their teacher and accidently kill him in the process. They have to work together to keep it a secret. I thought this was a good book. It had a good message and was very suspenseful. I would recommend it to anyone who likes to be on their toes through the whole book.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    104586 rated a 5 out of 5

    I really liked it. It was very interesting and there are so many cliffhangers. If you like thrills make sure to rrad this amazing book by Lois Duncan. If you like this book make sure to write a review.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    Brooke: Great book

    You should definitly get this if you like suspense and mysteries

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Awesome

    This book is soo awesome!READ IT

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I love this book! Lois Duncan did a very well job with all the suspense and the plot, but their is a catch though, sadly. In the end, the book leaves you hanging. With that, you will still love it. Enjoy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2007

    is this your idia of suspence???

    this book has no suspence what so ever.it was dull and it draged i dont recamend it.right when alittle suspence hit it went right to another charecter not worth the time.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Sue McConnell, David Rugges, Betsy Cline, Mark Kinney, and

    Sue McConnell, David Rugges, Betsy Cline, Mark Kinney, and Jeff Garrett were all in the same English class. There English teache, Mr. Griffin was a very mean spirited man. He was never nice to any on of them and they all got frustrated and decided to play a joke.
    My favorite part of the book was when they all took Mr. Griffin up to the waterfall just to play a little joke.
    I thought the book was very suspensful and always kept me on my toes. I also thought the book was very interesting! if you're looking for a book, I recomend "Killing Mr. Griffin".

    Sue McConnell, David Rugges, Betsy Cline, Mark Kinney, and Jeff Garrett were all in the same English class. There English teache, Mr. Griffin was a very mean spirited man. He was never nice to any on of them and they all got frustrated and decided to play a joke.
    My favorite part of the book was when they all took Mr. Griffin up to the waterfall just to play a little joke.
    I thought the book was very suspensful and always kept me on my toes. I also thought the book was very interesting! if you're looking for a book, I recomend "Killing Mr. Griffin".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    Cool but

    I love it but it starts out a little confusing other than that one of the best books ive read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Point of view

    In the begining I didn't like Mr.Griffin but after the points of view Ilearned that someone on the outside could seem aweful but if you get to know them you can understand them better (3

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    Loved it

    I read this book for school. At first i didnt find it interesting, it is a little weird with the details. But one day i sat down and decided to read ahead for homework. Next thing i knew, i liked it and had finished it. I rate it a 4. The one point taken off is for the datails, and the period of time it took me to get interested. The 4 stars are for the excelent topic and the shocking ending. I like to feel for the characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2011

    Gripping Mystery

    Duncan wrote an intriguing tale. There's is suspense, intense moments and shocking revelations. Spoiler Alert- discovering Dave was related to Mr. Griffin was the biggest shocker in the story, especially how it's revealed. The main character Susan made you feel sorry for her and want to scream at her to tell the truth and escape from Mark's villainry. It is a really good page turner.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Great easy read!

    Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan is a great mystery. Mr. Griffin is the teacher everyone hates at Del Norte High School. He is strict and most everyone is failing his class, from the smartest kid in the school, like Susan McConnell, to Mark Kinney who is failing his class simply because of plagiarizing during the first semester. One day, after Mr. Griffin's class, Mark and his friends: David, Betsy, and Jeff, scheme a plan to make Mr. Griffin suffer by kidnapping him. The kids use Susan McConnell as their decoy because they know Mr. Griffin will have no suspicion of her because she is such a great student and it would be totally unexpected from her. After kidnapping Mr. Griffin and taking his pills from him, they decide to check on him after their football game and they later find him dead. They find out he had a serious heart condition and needed the pills to live so they try to cover up their kidnapping by burying his body. Everyone is questioning the kids and many people are discovering things that lead them to believe it was these five students. Eventually everything gets out of control and one lie leads to another until it later leads to complete and total chaos in the town and there are fires and more murders.


    I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. I think Killing Mr. Griffin is a great quick and easy read for people of all ages. Because it is a mystery, it keeps you wanting to read to find out what is going to happen next. The story line is pretty simple but there are many twists in the story to keep you wanting to read more. The vocabulary used in the book is quite easy; therefore, I would recommend it particularly to teenagers. If you want to read a book that is thrilling, easy to read, and suspenseful than this is the book for you!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2000

    Duncan's best yet!!!!!

    This one kept me up half the night just to finish. It told a excellent story of how a joke can go wrong and turn your life upside down.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    To the person who asked where griffin feathers 18 is

    It is not out yet. 16 isn't out yet either. Sorry l could not post on the other book but my message woud be deleted. N.R.M has not written story parts for a while. I think she is writtung abother story. Hopefully griffin feathers will not be discountinued. Though l doubt it will be. I am a terrible speller.
    A

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    Ginny

    Yawns

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    A box of chocolates for Ginny

    Lay on her bed, a note on top from a secret admirer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Perrin

    Sits on a chair.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    Jemma

    "Morning Ginny," she said as she went to the great hall.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    The end of tge book

    At the end Mark tries to kill Susan by tieing her up and burning the house but they dont tell how she was saved it skipped over it with a weird ending.

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