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The Demon Headmaster

Written by Gillian Cross

Illustrated by Robin Boyden

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks School Stories

LoveReading View on The Demon Headmaster

One of the great characters of children’s books, the Demon Headmaster rules his school with his sea-green eyes through which he hypnotises the pupils. When Dinah arrives she sets up SPLAT, a group designed to protect the pupils from the head’s paranormal powers and to break his dictatorship. From the very first day at her new school, Dinah can see that something is horribly wrong. The children are strangely neat and well-behaved and they even work during break. What's going on? How can she find out the truth? And what is the secret of the Headmaster's control?

A brilliant spooky series for readers aged eight upwards who relish stories with intriguing plots and sharply contrasting characters.

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The Demon Headmaster Synopsis

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.

The Demon Headmaster Press Reviews

A rattling good yarn. TLS

A light-hearted, funny and ingenious story. School Librarian

An excellent mystery with an unusual setting. Good Book Guide

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


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ISBN: 9780192745767
Publication date: 06/07/2017
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780192745767
Publication date: 6th July 2017
Author: Gillian Cross
Illustrator: Robin Boyden
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 160 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical, School Stories
Recommendations: eBooks

About Gillian Cross

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

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