Gillian Cross - Author

About the Author

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.

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Featured books by Gillian Cross

Other books by Gillian Cross

The Ghost Tower

The Ghost Tower

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/02/2019

The night Dot and Ryan take a sneaky Halloween visit to a condemned tower, they discover more than they bargained for when they catch a glimpse of an endangered species of bat. It's clear that the bat colony and the tower need to be saved, but Dot and Ryan were never meant to be there and it's not going to be easy to get the grown-ups on side ... Can they find a way to stop the demolition and save the bats before it's too late? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

The Demon Headmaster: Mortal Danger

The Demon Headmaster: Mortal Danger

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

When Lizzie's school gets a new head teacher everything seems great. The pupils are encouraged to do the things they really love, experts are brought in to inspire them; there's even a competition to win an adventure trip of a lifetime. Lizzie and her friends can't believe their luck! But then Lizzie hears a voice. A voice strange but familiar. A voice that says, 'I will obey all your instructions.' And that's when things start to get dangerous. . . Fast-paced and action-packed adventure, written by the award-winning Gillian Cross.

Homer's Iliad and Odyssey Two of the Greatest Stories Ever Told

Homer's Iliad and Odyssey Two of the Greatest Stories Ever Told

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 17/12/2018

Gillian Cross's brilliant retellings and Neil Packer's clever illustrations bring to life Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, two of the greatest stories ever told. When first published Walker's versions of the Iliad and the Odyssey attracted attention both for the quality of the writing and for their amazingly stylish artwork. Multi-award-winning author Gillian Cross makes two of the greatest stories in the world come alive for children in her strong, clear, deceptively simple retellings, which are faithful to the spirit and structure of Homer's epic poems, and this new bind-up in a friendly format comes complete with an introduction and a generous selection of Neil Packer's fabulous illustrations in black and white.

The Iliad

The Iliad

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

Gillian Cross's brilliant retelling and Neil Packer's glorious illustrations bring to life Homer's Iliad, one of the greatest stories ever told. Gillian Cross's brilliant retelling and Neil Packer's glorious illustrations bring to life Homer's Iliad, one of the greatest stories ever told. The team behind The Odyssey (2012) now tell the story of the Trojan War. Cross's vivid adaptation begins with a beauty contest: the prize, a golden apple. In return for securing her victory, the goddess Aphrodite helps Prince Paris abduct Helen, wife to the king of Sparta. Enraged, the king and his Greek allies wage war on the Trojans. Nine years later, the fighting still rages on, but the Greeks are beginning to quarrel among themselves - Achilles and Agamemnon's petty argument has dire consequences for everyone caught in the crossfire. Neil Packer's pictures capture the beauty and remoteness of the setting, and bring a profound humanity to one of the finest literary achievements of Greek civilisation.

Facing the Demon Headmaster

Facing the Demon Headmaster

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

Club Purple is the place to be! The mysterious DJ Pardoman is so cool, with his ever-changing electronic mask. So when a competition is announced to unmask the DJ, everyone wants to win and find out who he is. When Dinah makes a shocking discovery she decides to investigate further, but has she fallen into a trap? Little does Dinah realize that the Demon Headmaster is about to use her in his most threatening plan yet! Great fun and just a little bit frightening, Gillian Cross's Demon Headmaster books still hold readers under their hypnotic spell. Fast-paced and full of adventure, they're impossible to resist!

The Demon Headmaster Takes Over

The Demon Headmaster Takes Over

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

It's amazing! The Hyperbrain is a super intelligent computer that works by accessing the human brain. In the wrong hands, though, it could spell disaster. The new Controller at the Artificial Intelligence Unit seems horribly familiar but Dinah and her friends know that the Demon Headmaster has been defeated. Hasn't he? Great fun and just a little bit frightening, Gillian Cross's Demon Headmaster books still hold readers under their hypnotic spell. Fast-paced and full of adventure, they're impossible to resist!

The Revenge of the Demon Headmaster

The Revenge of the Demon Headmaster

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2017

Everyone is talking about the latest TV show, Hunky Parker. It's the latest craze and soon everyone in school is completely hooked on it. Ingrid tries to convince her friends to watch, but they're just not interested. At last she manages to persuade them and once they start watching it, something very weird happens . . . and it could involve the Demon Headmaster! Great fun and just a little bit frightening, Gillian Cross's beloved characters still holds readers under his hypnotic spell. Exciting and page-turning adventures. The Demon Headmaster series is impossible to resist.

The Demon Headmaster and the Prime Minister's Brain

The Demon Headmaster and the Prime Minister's Brain

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2017

There's a new computer game at school and the chance to enter the Junior Computer Brain of the Year competition is sending ripples of excitement through the pupils. Dinah is a whizz at the game and soon finds herself in the competition final. But it takes a while to realize that it's all just part of the Demon Headmaster's latest plan . . . Dinah is being used to access the computer of the Prime Minster. Great fun and just a little bit frightening, Gillian Cross's Demon Headmaster books still hold readers under their hypnotic spell. Fast-paced and full of adventure, they're impossible to resist!

The Demon Headmaster Strikes Again

The Demon Headmaster Strikes Again

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2017

The Hunter family have moved house and can finally forget all about their encounters with the Demon Headmaster . . . or can they? Just as they start to relax, Dinah, Lloyd, and Harvey notice that the villagers are all speaking the same robotic phrases. This can only mean one thing . . . the Demon Headmaster is back and this time he's planning a terrifying experiment. Great fun and a little bit frightening, Gillian Cross's Demon Headmaster books still hold readers under their hypnotic spell. Fast-paced and full of adventure, they're impossible to resist!

Film Crew

Film Crew

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2017

It's Art Camp Week and Lara's class is off for an adventure in a big house in the middle of the woods. Mr Mac is keen to catch every moment on film - even the coach turning up and the teacher racing to catch it! Everyone gets stuck in to a big art project but Lara's friend Ted lets her into a secret project of his own - a magical house built high up in the trees. So when the class project falls flat, can Lara and Ted's secret house save the day? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 13: Changing Shape

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 13: Changing Shape

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/05/2016

The gods have power to transform people into whatever they want in these ancient myths. What will happen when Arachne challenges a goddess to a spinning competition? Talkative Echo is doomed to a life of silence, only able to repeat what others say. Narcissus's good looks get the better of him when he catches sight of his reflection. Baucis and Philemon long to live together forever will the god Jupiter make this happen? The ancient world is brought to life in these vibrant tales. TreeTops Greatest Stories offers children some of the worlds best-loved tales in a collection of timeless classics. Top children's authors and talented illustrators work together to bring to life our literary heritage for a new generation, engaging and delighting children. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children explore the content, supporting their reading development. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links and activities to support guided reading, writing, speaking and listening.

The Iliad

The Iliad

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2015

Gillian Cross's brilliant retelling and Neil Packer's glorious illustrations bring to life Homer's Iliad, one of the greatest stories ever told. Gillian Cross's brilliant retelling and Neil Packer's glorious illustrations bring to life Homer's Iliad, one of the greatest stories ever told. The team behind The Odyssey (2012) now tell the story of the Trojan War. Cross's vivid adaptation begins with a beauty contest: the prize, a golden apple. In return for securing her victory, the goddess Aphrodite helps Prince Paris abduct Helen, wife to the king of Sparta. Enraged, the king and his Greek allies wage war on the Trojans. Nine years later, the fighting still rages on, but the Greeks are beginning to quarrel among themselves - Achilles and Agamemnon's petty argument has dire consequences for everyone caught in the crossfire. Neil Packer's pictures capture the beauty and remoteness of the setting, and bring a profound humanity to one of the finest literary achievements of Greek civilisation.

Shadow Cat

Shadow Cat

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/05/2015

An unlikely friendship. An incredible secret. An adventure of a lifetime . . . Nolan leaves school one day to discover that his mum has dyed her hair bright green, sold everything they own, and they're going on a road trip . . . On the way he meets Feather, the adopted daughter of a famous rock star. This mismatched pair appear to have nothing in common, until they discover an escaped wild cat, a serval, that needs their protection. Together they vow to keep it a secret. But someone else wants the serval too. Someone who will stop at nothing to get their hands on it . . .

Project X Origins: Dark Red+ Book band, Oxford Level 20: Into the Future: After Tomorrow

Project X Origins: Dark Red+ Book band, Oxford Level 20: Into the Future: After Tomorrow

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In After Tomorrow one day changes Matt's life forever: money is worthless, his friends are gone and raiders roam the streets. No one is safe!

Project X Origins: Dark Red+ Book band, Oxford Level 19: Fears and Frights: The Lost: The Dark Ground

Project X Origins: Dark Red+ Book band, Oxford Level 19: Fears and Frights: The Lost: The Dark Ground

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In The Lost: The Dark Ground Robert suddenly finds himself alone in the middle of the jungle. The last thing he remembers is being in an aeroplane. What has happened? Where is he? Will he ever get home?

The Odyssey

The Odyssey

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2013

The paperback of Walker's magnificent edition of Homer's epic story, illustrated with lavish full colour pictures and exquisite black and white silhouettes. Homer's great story is retold with simplicity and style by award-winning children's writer Gillian Cross, and vividly brought to life in Neil Packer's stunning illustrations. It charts the ten year epic voyage of Odysseus as he returns from the Trojan War to the island of Ithaca. On his journey he encounters all manner of perils, from the man-eating Cyclops and the evil sorceress Circe, to the deadly lure of the Sirens and the wrath of the sea-god Poseidon. Neil Packer's striking imagination, and his extraordinary use of colour and dramatic silhouettes, capture the terrors of Odysseus's travels as well as the dangers faced by his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus at home. The illustrations are a perfect complement to Gillian Cross's beguiling narrative, which transports the reader effortlessly into Homer's world.

The Odyssey

The Odyssey

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2012

A magnificent retelling of Homer's epic story, illustrated with lavish full colour pictures and exquisite black and white silhouettes. Homer's great story is retold with simplicity and style by award-winning children's writer Gillian Cross, and vividly brought to life in Neil Packer's stunning illustrations. It charts the ten year epic voyage of Odysseus as he returns from the Trojan War to his homeland of Ithaca. On his journey he encounters all manner of perils, from the man-eating Cyclops and the evil sorceress Circe, to the deadly lure of the Sirens and the wrath of the sea-god Poseidon. Neil Packer's striking imagination, and his extraordinary use of colour and dramatic silhouettes, capture the terrors of Odysseus's travels as well as the dangers faced by his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus at home. The illustrations are a perfect complement to Gillian Cross's beguiling narrative, which transports the reader effortlessly into Homer's world.

Goose Girl: A Magic Beans Story

Goose Girl: A Magic Beans Story

Author: Gillian Cross Format: eBook Release Date: 22/12/2011

When a princess is sent away to begin a new life, little does she know what lies in store . . . Discover how this heroine, cruelly tricked by her evil maid, struggles to prove her innocence to the handsome prince she is destined to marry.This story is a magic bean. It may not look much like a bean, but I can promise you that it is. For if you plant it in a young mind, it will grow into a love of story and reading. These beans are favourite fairytales and legends that will delight, thrill and thoroughly entertain. Each story has been brilliantly crafted by one of the best-loved writers for children. This story was published by David Fickling Books as part of the Magic Beans anthology. The complete anthology is available in hardback and in ebook format.

Cave Wars Band 13/Topaz

Cave Wars Band 13/Topaz

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2011

Ruby and Tom love playing in the caves; that's before the Gang arrive. But they're not about to give them up without a fight. When a simple plan goes wrong, it looks like they might need the gang after all. Find out what happens in this exciting adventure story by Carnegie winner, Gillian Cross, and illustrated by Marilee Harrald-Pilz. * Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. * Text type: An adventure story * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Tightrope

Tightrope

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2010

When Ashley climbs up and graffiti tags a wall in the middle of the night, she has no idea how serious the consequences will be. Someone sees her, someone dangerous. Now Ashley is being watched . . . and followed. Then the notes start arriving, becoming progressively more sinister. When the threats turn deadly, Ashley realizes she can't confront the stalker alone and seeks the help of local gang leader Eddie Beale. But Eddie's help doesn't come for free-he expects something in return. Ashley has to decide how far she's willing to go-and what she's prepared to risk-to unmask her stalker.

Brother Aelred's Feet Band 15/Emerald

Brother Aelred's Feet Band 15/Emerald

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2007

Brother Aelred has remarkably smelly feet. To spare the other monks' noses, he is given the job of tending to the pigs. However, when Viking raiders arrive to attack, loot and pillage the Brothers' monastery, it is Brother Aelred, the humblest, gentlest monk, who saves the day. * Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. * Text type - A humorous story. * An illustrated character web on pages 38 and 39 helps readers to describe Aelred's character. * Curriculum links - History: Why have people invaded and settled in Britain in the past? A Viking case study; PE: Invasion games; RE: What do signs and symbols mean in religion? * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader

Oxford Playscripts: The Demon Headmaster

Oxford Playscripts: The Demon Headmaster

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/2003

An engaging classroom playscript. A group of friends take a stand against the actions of their Headmaster, who wants to take over the world. Strange things happen at Lloyd and Harvey Hunter's school. When their new foster sister Dinah arrives she wants to find out why...but can she escape the Demon Headmaster? New, innovative activities specifically tailored to support the KS3 Framework for Teaching English and help students to fulfil the Framework objectives. Activities include work on Speaking and Listening, close text analysis, and the structure of playscripts, and act as a springboard for personal writing

The Tree House

The Tree House

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/04/2003

William and his brother are desperate to have a tree house in the grand old tree at the bottom of the garden. Their father has to go away, but is determined that the tree house should be built. So every month he sends a parcel home to the boys - a parcel containing things they'll need for the tree house. But will their father be home in time for Christmas - in time to join them in the tree house to eat the chestnuts that are growing there . . . Gillian Cross has won many major awards including the Carnegie Medal, the Smarties Prize, and the Whitbread Award.

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