The Demon Headmaster

The Demon Headmaster

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 134 x 197 x 11mm | 112g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 019274576X
  • 9780192745767
  • 95,295

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Brought bang up to date with contemporary references and in-jokes that kids can fully engage with and understand, Gillian is hugely talented and it's fabulous to see this new book ready to give kids the odd headmaster-related nightmare * Read it Daddy * 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 * An excellent mystery with an unusual setting. * Good Book Guide * A light-hearted, funny and ingenious story. * School Librarian * A rattling good yarn. * TLS *
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