Killing Mr. Griffin

Killing Mr. Griffin

by Lois Duncan


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Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316099004
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 10/05/2010
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 59,307
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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.

Read an Excerpt

"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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Killing Mr. Griffin 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 233 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should definitly get this if you like suspense and mysteries
ABBCDGJ More than 1 year ago
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.
evergreen96 More than 1 year ago
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.
Phil lanny More than 1 year ago
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".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it but it starts out a little confusing other than that one of the best books ive read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is soo awesome!READ IT
chocolate_taco More than 1 year ago
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.
AOBarr More than 1 year ago
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!
jhagiya on LibraryThing 10 hours ago
Five teenagers infuriated with the harsh demands of their English teacher, Mr. Griffin, devise a revengeful scheme to scare him. Things go awry, and these five youths find themselves faced with his murder. The characters are believable high school students, the plot moves quickly, leaving readers hanging in suspense at every turn of the plot. This thrilling mystery story touches upon many relevant themes for young adults: acceptance, peer pressure, revenge, and responsibility. Further topics which can be incorporated into discussion can include: criminal justice and psychological behaviors.
librarianlou on LibraryThing 10 hours ago
High School students plot to kill their teacher and then they do, most of the book is devoted to the coverup, highly suspenseful.
delaney.h4 on LibraryThing 10 hours ago
Summary: Mr. Griffin the meanest English teacher in the world. The guy can't even take a joke. Literally. When the sstudents decide it's time to give Mr. Griffin a scare, everything goes wrong. But they won't get caught right? As long as SOMEONE doesn't tell. They couldn't possibly be blamed. After all they only meant to scare him.Review: A really good book. The plot takes awhile to unfold, but after awhile you see who's fault it really is.
bplma on LibraryThing 10 hours ago
A group of high school seniors, afraid that the most unreasonable teacher in school, Mr. Griffin, will prevent them from graduating, plan to kidnap him in order to scare him and to send a message to him that he had better lighten up. They plot to enlist the help of Sue who agrees against her better judgment to help because she has a crush on David. But nothing is as it appears to be and Mr. Griffin fights back hard; He warns Sue to run thinking she was being victimized too; Griffin has a heart condition and dies and the ringleader of the group, Mark, is a psychopath who will kill anyone who gets in his way. As things continue to go wrong the kids are sucked deeper and deeper in as they try to cover their tracks. I enjoyed the quick and easy read. It is a dark read, and I couldn¿t help noticing that Sue would absolutely be looking at time if it were written today. The kidnapping scene and death were gruesome. For me, the most horrifying part was that only Sue seemed to have any compassion at all for Griffin or his wife. 09/06
coriblake on LibraryThing 10 hours ago
Although definitely a thriller, I too found much of the evetns that took place in the novel to be quite comedic; not in a 'this is so funny' kind of way, but rather a 'warped sense of humor' kind of way. One obstacle and death after another. I was absolutely engaged in the storyline, wanting to know how these seeimingly bright high school students were going to get away with murdering their high school english teacher. Both middle and high school students will enjoy reading about these particular students whose scare tactic plan turns into more than a nightmare. A great big thumbs up!
vortega on LibraryThing 10 hours ago
Doing something crazy "just for the hell of it," is the reason that five high school students join together to plot the kidnapping of their English teacher, Mr. Griffin. The best laid plans are often thwarted and so in this spell binding thriller, nothing happens that is expected. The characters are credible and readers can connect with the smart but insecure junior who is depressed, the senior class president who has his life under control, the cheerleader who enjoys excitement, the bad boy who has it all figured out and the jock who just follows orders. In rapid fire, the sequence of events unfold to reveal sinister motives, secret pasts, inner fears, and anti-social behaviors that lead to unimaginable consequences. A book to be read in one sitting!
bibliophile26 on LibraryThing 10 hours ago
A group of kids decide to kidnap and intimidate their teacher, but things turn ugly. Better written and less cheesy than R.L. Stine, but still fits the mold of teenybop horror novel.
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I guess you just assume the worst.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok when mark ties sue up at the end of the book, how doe she escape? It feels like it just skips over that part entirely... Does anybody know how she becomes safe or anything because it does not say so otherwise??? Great book though other than the parts it leaves out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just started reading hjis book. Who is sues character it doesnt really describe it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lay on her bed, a note on top from a secret admirer.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sits on a chair.