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The Demon Headmaster (Puffin Modern Classics) Paperback – 25 Sep 1997

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; New edition edition (25 Sept. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140386076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140386073
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 751,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A rattling good yarn (ITLS)

A light-hearted, funny and ingenious story (School Librarian)

An excellent mystery with an unusual setting (Good Book Guide - Children's)

I would recommend it to anyone who likes weird but funny books (Teen Titles)

An attractive, easy-flowing style with interesting characters and a lively story (Junior Education) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Book Description

Three children pit their wits against a fiendish headmaster who has a hypnotic hold over the school . . . --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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`The Demon Headmaster' was first published in 1982. This story is about a girl who's just arrived from a foster home to live with the Hunter family. A school that seems to be acting strange and awkward as all the children are not having fun but being hypnotized of following the order of the headmaster.

As the story begins with a girl named Dinah Glass who lived in a foster home for almost 10 years, is on her way on arriving to the family name `The Hunter family'. As she is told that she has two foster brothers named Lloyd and Harvey. As she is excited to start at her new school, wondering how the children will react, but realises that the school is not the place that she thought as this is just like an example of a human statue awaiting for instruction.

The first time she visits the headmaster who is tall and thin, dressed in his black gown, with white hair and black glasses, and doesn't seem like a comfortable character to spend any time with. At one point, when she accidentally stares into the eyes of the headmaster it makes her fall asleep in his office during her first interview with him.

Once she finds out from her foster brothers that the headmaster is hypnotizing everyone, Dinah figures out not to become a slave of the headmaster but to spy on him to find out his master plan in order to stop him in his tracks.

In the book `The Demon Headmaster' is a fabulous book that starts off with a girl named Dinah who is an orphan finds herself cast into unfamiliar area when she is placed with a foster family. Used to playing the system and concealing how clever she really is from her peers and elders, Dinah now feels the system is playing her and that somehow it is all connected to the headmaster of her strange new school.
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The Demon Headmaster is a great book; there is action, a twist and even a bad guy. What more would you want?! What more could you get? This book has EVRYTHING!!

Harvey is a cheerful and joyful; nice and kind boy. Lloyd is a protective, strong character- he never like`s to be wrong especially when Dinah is right. Dinah is quite shy even though she does not admit it. She is very smart and she doesn't show it until you get to know her character. Not only is it a fantasy story but also a mystery story.

This awesome book is about six extraordinary children (Dinah; Harvey; Lloyd; Ian; Ingrid and Mandy) who save the world before the Headmaster can use his dreadful powers outside of the school. The headmaster is abnormal, he is not like any other headmaster. Not by a long shot. He is a DEMON headmaster- you can tell this from the book`s name.

At the moment I am reading all the other Demon Headmaster books. All of Demon headmaster books are eye catching and you can`t stop reading them. It is like your being hypnotized by himself the demon headmaster to never stop reading these books!! To conclude, this is the best book I have EVER read! (And I have read a lot of books!!!)
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A Kid's Review on 17 Sept. 2010
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The Demon Headmaster is a very interesting book. For Harvey and Lloyd, life changes from normality (at home) to abnormality (at school). The book is about six children who have to save the world before the Headmaster can use his powers outside of the school and its secrets.
I liked this book and I'd like to read the next book too. I liked it because it's mysterious.
I recommend this to children aged 10-13 (I'm twelve years old). This book is a bit spooky, but not really frightening.
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By Daba on 6 Mar. 2013
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This story is a story that I can relate to my very own head teacher. It is a classic book that really gets you involved. It's one of those books where your not just reading it, you actually feel like your in
it. I gave this book a four star because it didn't really tick all the boxes that I was hoping it would. Other than that it is an amazing book that really is just purely amazing. I recommend this to 9-13 year-olds.
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This book was one of the best books I have ever read (and believe me, I have read a lot of books.)
I love all the characters but if I had to pick a favourite I would choose Harvey and the story it's self is mind blowing. As I am sure you could tell, I would certainly recommend this amazing book to others. I have heard that there is a whole series of books and I certainly will be getting those too. If you do decide to get this exhilarating book then I am positive that you will have as much fun reading it as I did! I hope my review is helpful.
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Got this for my youngest she loves it, it's well written, and is a good story funny aswell, now she wants more of these books bless xxx
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I think this book is very good. I chose this rating because it was interesting and funny. Also mysterious. I would recommend it to 8-13. Read the book it's so good I couldn't put it down,and I have read the other book which I think is called: the demon headmaster strikes again.
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Dinah has just been fostered by the Hunter family, and all she wants is to keep her head down and get along. The Hunter boys - Lloyd, who is Dinah's age, and Harvey, a few years younger - don't seem very welcoming, although their parents are nice. But Dinah's biggest shock comes at school. The children act like robots and the prefects are hopped up on their own power and think nothing of doling out cruel and unusual punishments for the slightest infraction. But the headmaster - he's the really disturbing thing...

I read this in Year 7 or Year 8, along with my class, and I just barely remembered it, so it was interesting to read it again.

I can't exactly say I liked the book. I can't say I disliked it either. For pure enjoyment, it was not to my taste: I found it quite cold and joyless. Yet Ms Cross has definitely captured the sense of alienation that so many pre-teens and early teenagers feel, that sense that they are alone and persecuted and that adults who should be helpful are blind and deaf at best and evil at worst. Dinah, who is truly alone in the world, and the Hunter brothers, who are outcasts at school and whose otherwise loving parents refuse to believe the atrocities that are being committed by the headmaster, are characters whose problems will have touched a nerve in a lot of kids, from the time the book was written right through today.

So not to my personal taste, and probably not interesting enough for me to look up the sequels, but a good read nonetheless. 3 - 3.5 stars.
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