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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.

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

 

Featured books by Gillian Cross

Other books by Gillian Cross

The Demon Headmaster: Mortal Danger

The Demon Headmaster: Mortal Danger

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/02/2019

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.

The Ghost Tower

The Ghost Tower

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2019

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 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.

Jason Banks and the Pumpkin of Doom

Jason Banks and the Pumpkin of Doom

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/06/2018

Jason Banks is a bully. No one likes him and even the teachers are scared of him! It's time that someone taught Jason a lesson and he might just have met his match in the strange pumpkin that keeps appearing on his doorstep. Will Jason ever learn the error of his ways? And can he crack the case of the dreaded Pumpkin of Doom? Hilarious school based comedy from best-selling author Gillian Cross, featuring quirky illustrations by Sarah Horne. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+.

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: 05/04/2018

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 Cupcake Wedding (4u2read)

The Cupcake Wedding (4u2read)

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2018

When Holly's sister announces her engagement, wedding planning begins in earnest. But a tight budget means missing out on some wedding essentials - like the cake! Holly decides to put her baking skills to the test and surprise the happy couple with 1000 cupcakes! What could possibly go wrong? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 9+

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!

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 and the Prime Minister's Brain

The Demon Headmaster and the Prime Minister's Brain

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/08/2017

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: 17/08/2017

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!

The Revenge of the Demon Headmaster

The Revenge of the Demon Headmaster

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/08/2017

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: Total Control

The Demon Headmaster: Total Control

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/06/2017

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 . . . ? 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.

The Demon Headmaster

The Demon Headmaster

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/06/2017

When Dinah is fostered by the Hunters she thinks her biggest problem will be fitting in with her foster-brothers, Lloyd and Harvey. However, once she starts at her new school it's clear that there's more to worry about. All the children, apart from a handful including Lloyd and Harvey, are too well-behaved - robotic almost - and oddly keen to please the creepy headmaster. The three children set out to discover the nature of his influence over everyone . . . but then Dinah finds herself saying and doing things she has no power over. Soon they uncover the headmaster's wicked plan. Controlling the school is just a practice run. He has set his sights on dominating the entire nation! The children must foil him before he succeeds . . . but with Dinah under his spell they've got a challenge on their hands. Great fun and just a little bit frightening, Gillian Cross's beloved classic still holds readers under its hypnotic spell, even after thirty years of being in print. An accessible page-turner, The Demon Headmaster is 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.

Amber'S Song

Amber'S Song

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2016

Music is the most important thing in Mark's life and he never misses band practice ...until new baby sister Amber turns life upside down. She screams all day and all night and nothing Mum, Dad or anyone else does makes a difference! But when Mark is left holding the baby, he turns to the only thing he can to help him through - music. And it might just be that it's the key to Amber's happiness too. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+

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 . . .

Mozart'S Banana

Mozart'S Banana

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2014

A charming village story about a little girl, a dare gone wrong and one crazy animal! When Alice Brett moves from the city to a little village school, she's never seen a real live horse before. And famous village resident Mozart's Banana is not just any old horse - he's crazy! The children are banned from riding him, but when Sammy Foster dares Alice to get on Mozart's Banana's back, she takes it very seriously...just what does she have up her sleeve? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+

The Mystery Of The Man With The Black Beard

The Mystery Of The Man With The Black Beard

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2014

Annie's dad is a private investigator. She's used to mysterious things going on, but when a string of visitors come to her dad's office, it results in the most mysterious event of all - her dad has disappeared! Annie knows something is wrong and she enlists the help of her friends Matt and Ruth to follow a trail of very sticky clues...Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

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?

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!

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 Cupcake Wedding

The Cupcake Wedding

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2013

When Holly's sister announces her engagement, wedding planning begins in earnest. But a tight budget means missing out on some wedding essentials - like the cake! Holly decides to put her baking skills to the test and surprise the happy couple with 1000 cupcakes! What could possibly go wrong? A light-hearted girly comedy. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers.

After Tomorrow

After Tomorrow

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2013

What if you woke up tomorrow and everything had changed? Money is worthless. Your friends are gone. Armed robbers roam the streets. No one is safe. Suddenly you're a refugee. After Tomorrow is an unflinchingly poignant but ultimately hopeful story from Carnegie Medal winning author Gillian Cross, exploring the struggle for survival within refugee camps.

The Monster Snowman

The Monster Snowman

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2012

Jack wakes up on his birthday to find an extra special present - everything is covered in fluffy, white snow! He and two friends Sam and Ryan decide to build the biggest, scariest snowman in the world. But when they all receive a mysterious text in the middle of the night, the last thing they expect is to be chased up a tree by the monster snowman! But is the snowman as scary as he seems? A delightfully crafted story with beautiful illustrations from award-winning Ross Collins. With a reading age of 8, it's also suitable for relucatant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

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.

The Great Elephant Chase

The Great Elephant Chase

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2010

Tad and Cissie are on the run with Khush the elephant. Clammy-fingered, steely-eyed Hannibal Jackson will do anything to capture the animal. Maybe even kill ...Staying ahead means being faster and smarter-but how do you hide an elephant? Especially one with a mind of its own.

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.

Where I Belong

Where I Belong

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

There are guns and bandits in this story. And supermodels. And there's drought and starvation too. Are you wondering how they can all come together? Well, that's how life is these days. Things don't happen neatly, in separate little places. We're all caught by the great spider's web of media that spans the world. That's where the story is set. The world. It's the story of Abdi and Khadija and Freya (that's me) and what happened to us because of Somalia...

Facing the Demon Headmaster

Facing the Demon Headmaster

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2010

Club Purple is the place to be. What makes it so fantastic is the mysterious DJ Pardoman, who keeps his face hidden behind an ever-changing electronic mask. When a competition is announced to unmask him, everyone wants to know who's behind it. To win, entrants have to find out as much as possible about DJ Pardoman. Of course, Dinah, Lloyd, Harvey and the other SPLAT (Society for the Protection of our Lives Against Them) members want to try their hand at winning. During their research, Dinah makes a discovery on the internet-something she can't even tell the rest of SPLAT about. But when she goes off to investigate alone, she doesn't realize that she's being lured into a trap . . . set by the Demon Headmaster! Can SPLAT foil his evil plans once more? Or will the Headmaster succeed in using Dinah in his mission to control the country?

The Demon Headmaster Takes Over

The Demon Headmaster Takes Over

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2010

Dinah, Lloyd and Harvey thought the Demon Headmaster was gone for good, so when they move back to their old house everything seems safe at first. Then strange things start to happen. Libraries are closing down, the internet keeps crashing, and telephones refuse to work. When people start to wear matching badges with a grabbing green hand, and begin speaking robotically, Dinah and the boys know they need to find out what's going on. Their search leads them to the Hyperbrain, a fantastic new computer invention that accesses the human brain to compile its data. But why has its inventor started to act so strangely, and who is the mysterious controller at the Artificial Intelligence Unit? It sounds like it could be the Demon Headmaster. But surely that's impossible . . . isn't it?

The Roman Beanfeast

The Roman Beanfeast

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/08/2009

Like every other school in the country, Davy's class are working on the Romans. Everyone is to do a piece of work based on the visit they made to a Roman fort and the best will get a prize at the Roman Feast planned by the school. Davy's problem is that bossy Molly from next door keeps stealing his ideas. That is until Davey draws inspiration from Julius Sneezer the Roman soldier. A funny and insightful story from the popular prize winning author of The Demon Headmaster.

The Demon Headmaster Strikes Again

The Demon Headmaster Strikes Again

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2009

Dinah, Lloyd and Harvey hoped they'd seen the last of the Demon Headmaster when they moved to a new village. However, almost immediately, they can tell something's not right about the place. There's a loud buzzing noise coming from the biogenetic research centre, and a creeper that grows extraordinarily fast. Why are the security guards so scary? And why does everybody in the village use exactly the same words to describe the research centre? Dinah becomes even more suspicious when someone pretending to be a doctor comes to their house, and manages to trick them into giving DNA samples . . . With the help of their new friend, Simon, the children investigate and find a way into the building. Inside, they discover a huge egg. Hatching from it is the result of an experiment conducted using Dinah's DNA-an experiment that is the work of the Demon Headmaster. This time, he's determined that no one will stand in the way of his plans! 'This will be greatly enjoyed' Books for Keeps

The Revenge of the Demon Headmaster

The Revenge of the Demon Headmaster

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2009

Hunky Parker is the new craze. His drooling, dribbling pig face is everywhere: on T-shirts and badges, and there are even horrible pig-trotter trainers and pig-swill yogurts in the shops. But it's when the Hunky TV shows air nationally that the trouble really begins. Suddenly, people are going crazy for Hunky goods . . . and when the shops have sold out, dangerous rioting starts. Dinah and her friends are suspicious. Is it really just a trend, or is something more sinister afoot? Watching a Hunky video provides a valuable clue. Dinah and the rest of SPLAT set off in search of the real Hunky Parker. But someone is blocking them at every turn-someone who wants to keep the identity of Hunky Parker a secret . . . . . . Someone who plans to control the entire nation! 'Gillian Cross's novels should be prescribed for all cases of reading reluctance among eight- to ten-year-olds. The Revenge of the Demon Headmaster has the same sort of appeal as 'Famous Five' or 'Secret Seven' novels.' Sunday Telegraph

The Demon Headmaster

The Demon Headmaster

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2009

When Dinah is fostered by the Hunters she thinks her biggest problem will be fitting in with her foster-brothers, Lloyd and Harvey. However, once she starts at her new school it's clear that there's more to worry about. All the children, apart from a handful including Lloyd and Harvey, are too well-behaved-robotic almost-and oddly keen to please the creepy headmaster. The three children set out to discover the nature of his influence over everyone ...but then Dinah finds herself saying and doing things she has no power over. Soon they uncover the headmaster's wicked plan. Controlling the school is just a practice run. He has set his sights on dominating the entire nation! The children must foil him before he succeeds ...but with Dinah under his spell they've got a challenge on their hands.

Calling a Dead Man

Calling a Dead Man

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2009

John Cox is dead, killed in an explosion while at work. His younger sister Hayley can't believe he's gone. Determined to see the place of his death, she flies to Moscow with John's fiancee, Annie-but the site they're shown isn't where John died. Suddenly it seems that there's more to his death than a tragic accident. Using a tracking system to locate John's mobile phone, Hayley and Annie find the real site of the explosion . . . but they are completely at the mercy of John's former Russian boss and his English speaking son, who have taken them there. Upon recovering the phone, it's clear that John is still alive. Meanwhile, in the Siberian forest, John is being nursed back from the brink of death by a village woman. As he slowly recovers he begins to piece together the truth: he's at the heart of a dangerous power struggle between two brothers who are desperate to silence him-for good.

Wolf

Wolf

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2008

Cassy lives with her granny, until the night that she hears strange footsteps coming into their flat. The next morning, she is packed off to her mum's - a squat in London that her beautiful, simple mother shares with a couple of actors. Cassy does her best to throw herself into her mother's life, even agreeing to take part in their travelling show called 'Wolf'. But she can't ever get rid of the feeling that something is following her, and something bad is going to happen. Her fear grows as time passes, until Cassy knows she must face up to her past: who her father is, why he left and where he has gone. What she doesn't know is that some questions are better left unanswered...

Black Room - 'the Lost'

Black Room - 'the Lost'

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2007

At the end of The Dark Ground, Robert finally managed to escape from the tiny underground world in which he had found himself trapped. He needed Lorn's help to do it, and he had to leave her behind. Now, back in his own world and his own size again, he realises that Lorn will die if she has to spend the winter underground. To rescue her, he has to do two things: entrust his friend Tom with the incredible story of what happened to him, and find the 'real' Lorn above ground. Using all of their ingenuity, Tom and Rob finally track down the girl for whom they are searching. Her name is Hope, and she's been locked in a pit by her misguided parents. She is filthy, backwards, and completely dependent on others. How can she help Lorn? Getting Hope out of her prison will take more courage and patience than the boys feel they have. And then they still have to rescue Lorn. Time is ticking away. With each passing second, Lorn feels inexplicably called by a strange force drawing her into the dangerous tunnels of her underground world while, above ground, Tom and Rob begin the desperate battle to save her.

The Nightmare Game - 'the Lost' Book 3

The Nightmare Game - 'the Lost' Book 3

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2007

Hope has gone. Warren saw her being taken from her prison under their father's house but was too scared to intervene. Now he wishes he'd been brave enough to stop Rob, Emma and Tom kidnapping her. His father is furious, but it's the behaviour of Warren's normally-cowed mother that's most frightening. For years she has known her daughter was safe in the hole under the conservatory. But now Hope is out in the world, and anything could happen to her. Mum has to get her back. She's going to start by doing something terrible to Hope's kidnappers, and Warren must help. Rob, Tom and Emma have other things on their mind. When they took Hope, it was to save her. But now Hope has disappeared. Could she somehow have escaped to the world of miniature people where Rob's friend Lorn is fighting for survival? Just when the three friends need to be closest, Emma disappears and Tom starts acting really weirdly. Rob is sure the man with blue eyes has something to do with it. He's seen him in town again. If he dares to confront him, will he be able to save his pals? And if he's wrong, what price will they all end up paying?

The Dark Ground - 'The Lost'

The Dark Ground - 'The Lost'

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2007

A flight back from holiday. An explosion on the plane. Robert wakes up, alone in the jungle, with neither food nor shelter. Unfamiliar creatures are roaming about - and he can't get rid of the feeling that someone, or something, is watching him. This is the story of Robert's struggle for survival - from his realization of what has happened to him and where he is, to his perilous journey homeward. An incredible adventure story full of suspense and surprise.

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.

Calling a Dead Man

Calling a Dead Man

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2006

Pictures in the Dark

Pictures in the Dark

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2005

Charlie is always trying to find unusual things to capture on camera and takes a chance photograph in the dark of something swimming in the river. He thinks he knows what it was, but no one believes him. When the photo's displayed at school, new boy Peter seems fascinated. It seems bizarre. But Peter's weird, when he looks at people in a particular way, odd things seem to happen. As Peter becomes an outsider Charlie gets involved, worried that Peter's being bullied. Soon Charlie finds himself unravelling a mystery that's too strange to imagine - one that becomes a matter of life and death.

Facing the Demon Headmaster

Facing the Demon Headmaster

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/11/2004

The new club Purple is the place to go - if you can get in - and Ellie persuades Dinah and her friends to come along too. The man everyone wants to see is DJ Pardoman whose face keeps changing from Elvis to Madonna to Brad Pitt. His electronic mask is mesmerizing but no one knows who he really is. When the kids visit his website they see there's an online competition - the person who finds out about him will be allowed to lift off the mask. Dinah thinks it's all weird but she's also curious. In her search, she stumbles across something amazing - her real father might be alive after years of thinking he was dead. Dinah must find out more. But she only realizes the truth of these strange coincidences too late. This time the Demon Headmaster is intent on ensuring that Dinah will not interfere with his plans. Gillian Cross has won the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Children's Novel Award, and the Smarties Prize, and is a highly-acclaimed author. Sales of Gillian's books exceed one million copies.

The Demon Headmaster Takes Over

The Demon Headmaster Takes Over

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/11/2004

Dinah and her brothers have moved house as their dad's got a new job at the Biogenetic Research Centre. It sounds great, but all three realize something very weird's going on. People in the village talk like robots when the centre is mentioned. There's a mysterious buzzing sound near the centre, and a creeper that can grow at an incredible speed. And why is the centre surrounded by such scary security guards? When the kids start probing, they soon run into trouble. Dinah finds she herself is part of a terrifying DNA experiment-masterminded by none other than the Demon Headmaster. Gillian Cross has won the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Children's Novel Award, and the Smarties Prize, and is a highly-acclaimed author. The sales of Gillian's books exceed one million copies.

The Demon Headmaster Strikes Again

The Demon Headmaster Strikes Again

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/11/2004

Dinah and her brothers have moved house as their dad's got a new job at the Biogenetic Research Centre. It sounds great, but all three realize something very weird's going on. People in the village talk like robots when the centre is mentioned. There's a mysterious buzzing sound near the centre, and a creeper that can grow at an incredible speed. And why is the centre surrounded by such scary security guards? When the kids start probing, they soon run into trouble. Dinah finds she herself is part of a terrifying DNA experiment-masterminded by none other than the Demon Headmaster. Gillian Cross has won the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Children's Novel Award, and the Smarties Prize, and is a highly-acclaimed author. The sales of Gillian's books exceed one million copies.

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: 03/06/2004

Octopus Dare is the new computer game at school - everyone's playing it. But only Dinah is any good at it. Soon all she can think about is Octopus Dare. She wins a place at the grand final, and she's over the moon. But there's something strange about it all that worries Dinah - so her friends come with her to the final. Before long they find themselves in trouble - facing their old enemy, the Demon Headmaster. Gillian Cross has won the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Children's Novel Award, and the Smarties Prize, and is a highly-acclaimed author. Sales of her books exceed one million copies.

The Demon Headmaster

The Demon Headmaster

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2004

Dinah moves in with the Hunter family and starts going to the same school as her foster-brothers Lloyd and Harvey. It's not easy, as they seem to hate her, and school is really strange. Pupils suddenly talk like robots and do weird things - even Dinah finds herself acting oddly. She's sure the headmaster has some kind of power over them, and is determined to find out more. But the Demon Headmaster is equally determined to stop her. Gillian Cross has won the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Children's Novel Award, and the Smarties Prize, and is a highly-acclaimed author. Sales of her books exceed one million copies.

The Revenge of the Demon Headmaster

The Revenge of the Demon Headmaster

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2004

There's a new craze - Hunky Parker. Everyone's watching the TV programmes and queuing up to buy Hunky T-shirts, trainers like pigs' trotters and pig-swill yoghurt. Is it just normal hype or is something sinister going on? When there are riots, Dinah and her friends start to investigate. But someone has a plan, and they're not going to let it be scuppered by a bunch of kids. Gillian Cross has won the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Children's Novel Award, and the Smarties Prize, and is a highly-acclaimed author. Sales of her books exceed one million copies.

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 Dark Ground

The Dark Ground

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/09/2003

Robert is alone, in a strange jungle. He has no food, no shelter, no warmth. Unfamiliar creatures are roaming about - and he's not even sure how he got there...Following the story of Robert's struggle for survival, through to his extraordinary realization of where he is and what has happened to him, and then to his perilous journey to find his way home, this is an incredible adventure story full of suspense and surprises. This builds on the great success achieved by Gillian Cross's previous novel Calling a Dead Man . Gillian Cross is one of the UK's top children's authors, and has won every major children's book prize. She is highly acclaimed internationally.

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.

Calling a Dead Man

Calling a Dead Man

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2002

When John, an explosives expert, dies in an accident in Russia, his sister Hayley and his friend Annie go there to mourn. Before long they begin to suspect that there is more to John's death than meets the eye, and that certain people are desperately trying to keep them away from the truth. They say that John had been drinking and made a mistake with the explosives. But Annie doesn't believe that, and she is determined to find out what really happened. Their search for the truth takes them deep into the country, following the signal of John's satellite phone. What they eventually find raises as many questions as it answers, and there are no easy solutions for any of them.

Roscoe's Leap

Roscoe's Leap

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2001

Roscoe's Leap - that's the name of the strange old house where Stephen and Hannah had grown up. For Hannah, it was a place where the heating was always breaking down and she was the one who had to fix it. But for Stephen, it was a place of secrets, a place where something had once happened to him, something dark and terrifying which he couldn't quite remember, yet couldn't quite forget. When history student, Nick Honeyball arrives, Stephen's emotions are thrown into turmoil. Here's a man whose obsession with revealing the patterns of the past, begins to unlock the terror that Stephen has kept inside him for so long.

A Map of Nowhere

A Map of Nowhere

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2001

Nick is surprised when he finds a strange wallet in his school bag. And when he sees the strange note in it, which seems to belong to some kind of adventure game, he is even more intrigued. The wallet belongs to Joseph Fisher, and although he and Nick aren't friends, Nick is determined to join in with this mysterious game. When his brother's gang send him off to Joseph's house to return the wallet, Nick finally becomes involved with Joseph and his eerie game. But why is his brother so keen for the two of them to become friends? And does Nick really want to become part of his gang?

Born of the Sun

Born of the Sun

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2001

For years, Paula and her father have dreamed and talked about trying to find the lost city of Atahualpa. And now, without warning, Paula is taken out of school and finds her dream come true. Together with her parents and Finn, the photographer, she travels to South America to begin the journey. But as they descend towards the jungle, Paula senses that all is not quite as it should be. Why is her father so moody and impatient? And why does he insist that the expedition is being shadowed by sinister enemies? Paula realizes that her loyalty to her father is not enough - she must discover for herself what the truth is about the journey she is making.

The Dark Behind the Curtain

The Dark Behind the Curtain

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2001

Colin Jackus doesn't want to be in the school play and is angry because he's been forced into it. But gradually he starts to realize that it's not just a play - the sinster story they are acting has its roots deep in cruel reality and despair. Strange things are happening among the cast of the play and misery is seeping through them. So when the leading actor starts to take on the evil personality of the character he's supposed to be playing, Jackus decides to delve deeper and try and stop the disaster that threatens.

Wolf

Wolf

Author: Gillian Cross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/11/1998

When someone arrives in the middle of the night, Cassy is sent from her grandmother's flat to live with her mother in a squat. Cassy doesn't know who the stranger is, but suddenly there is danger following her.

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