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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.

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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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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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