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Wikipedia article

'Stranger With My Face' is a young adult horror novel by Lois Duncan, first published in 1981.Lizzie Skurnik, "Stranger With My Face: Stop Projecting", Jezebel, http://jezebel.com/5024396/stranger-with-my-face-stop-projecting It was adapted into a television film of the same name. The book is about a girl named Laurie Stratton who finds out that there is a duplicate of herself since her family and boyfriend saw her in places where she wasn't.

As the story progresses Laurie is contacted by the stranger and finds out that she is Laurie's twin. Laurie's twin, Lia, tells her that she can appear to her by using astral projection. Lia teaches her how to astrally project so they can meet. Laurie asks her "mother" about having a twin. She has always felt different and doesn't look anything like her family. Her mother denies everything but eventually admits that Laurie is adopted. Laurie asks why she didn't adopt her twin also, and her mother tells her that when she picked up the other twin she felt cold and revolted. There was something not right about the twin so they only adopted Laurie. Eventually, Laurie becomes able to astrally project. However, on one occasion she finds herself unable to return to her body. As she hovers over her body she sees it rise and begin to move around. She realizes that it is Lia inside her body. She then battles to find a way to get Lia to leave her body so that she can return to it.

It was re-issued in an updated form in 2011.Sally Lodge, "Lois Duncan Thrillers Get an Update". Publishers Weekly, Sep 23, 2010. http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/44553-lois-duncan-thrillers-get-an-update.html


*ALA Best Book for Young Adults

Critical response

Kirkus called it "professionally orchestrated suspense for the willingly susceptible"."Stranger With My Face", Kirkus Reviews, https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/lois-duncan-6/stranger-with-my-face/ Common Sense Media gave it 3/5 for quality."Stranger With My Face", Common Sense Media, http://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/stranger-my-face


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