The Demon Headmaster: Total Control by Gillian Cross

The Demon Headmaster: Total Control

Written by Gillian Cross
Illustrated by Robin Boyden

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Surrender yourself to the new hypnotic spell of the Demon Headmaster, with new kids, a new school, and a new thrilling scheme for world domination. Fast paced and action packed adventure, written by the award-winning Gillian Cross. Resistance is not an option.

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The Demon Headmaster: Total Control by Gillian Cross

Everyone is good at something. But at Lizzie's school this has been taken to extremes. Her classmate Ethan, who previously had no interest in sport, is now incredible at football; her brother's suddenly an expert in robotics; and Lizzie has become really good at being bad. But when she tries to remember what awful thing she's just done, all she has is a blank space in her mind. How come they've suddenly changed so much? And why can't they talk about it? It's as though they have no power over their own actions. Could this be something to do with the mysterious new headmaster ...?


Praise for the series:

Gillian Cross is one of the best children's novelists today and her stories of the Demon Headmaster are both fun and quite frightening. Daily Telegraph

A rattling good yarn The Times Literary Supplement

A light-hearted, funny and ingenious story School Librarian

An excellent mystery with an unusual setting Good Book Guide - Children's

I would recommend it to anyone who likes weird but funny books Teen Titles

An attractive, easy-flowing style with interesting characters and a lively story Junior Education

About the Author

Gillian Cross

Gillian Cross has won numerous literary prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Children’s Novel Award (now the Costa), and the Smarties Prize.

Gillian Cross has been writing children’s books for over thirty years. Before that, she took English degrees at Oxford and Sussex Universities, and had various jobs including working in a village bakery and being an assistant to a Member of Parliament. She won the Carnegie Medal for Wolf, the Smarties Prize and the Whitbread Children’s Novel Award for The Great Elephant Chase; and the Little Rebels Award for After Tomorrow.

Read more about Gillian Cross and a Q&A with the author here.

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176 pages


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Oxford University Press

Publication date

6th July 2017




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