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The Revenge of the Demon Headmaster [Paperback]

Gillian Cross
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6 Aug 2009 Demon Headmaster
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

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reissue edition (6 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192755846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192755841
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gillian Cross has been writing children's books for over thirty years. Before that, she took English degrees at Oxford and Sussex Universities, and she has had various jobs including working in a village bakery and being an assistant to a Member of Parliament. She is married with four children and lives in Dorset. Her hobbies include orienteering and playing the piano. She won the Carnegie Medal for Wolf and the Smarties Prize and the Whitbread Children's Novel Award for The Great Elephant Chase.

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[Of (Amazon review)

]: 'Well-crafted, interesting and tense.

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

she takes the general message of George Orwell's

and reworks it for younger readers . . . gripping stuff

Gillian Cross's many Demon Headmaster fans will love this book with its new slant on subliminal power . . . This fast-moving story has lots of tension and excitement, as well as a chilling cautionary theme . . . Great stuff! (School Librarian)

an imaginative story involving adventure and fun (Sunday Independent - West Country)

[Of (TLS)

]: 'a rattling good yarn

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

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is the third book in the 'Demon Headmaster' series of six. The book was first published in 1994, 12 years after the first book. The first book (The demon headmaster) is essential pre-reading and it makes far more sense if the books are read in order.

Adopted Dinah has now settled in and the incumbent boys (particularly younger brother Harvey) now treat her as an equal. The SPLAT team are still knocking about together, and Ingrid comes back from holiday talking of a fantastic new craze that is sweeping Wales - everyone there is completely infatuated with a great new TV show and its commercial spin-offs. Fortunately Ingrid has bought back the video of the program, so she insists that the SPLAT team sit down to watch it............

This book reads a bit less like an Enid Blyton's secret seven novel than the first two books, although the storyline is actually more dated than the previous books entrancing computer game storyline in `The Prime Ministers Brain'. This is simply because it mentions VHS videos and the obvious lack of mobile phones. In a way it's a shame the odd few sentences weren't updated as otherwise the story is still quite futuristic.

Like the other two books, my son (10) is really enjoying me reading this book to him at bedtime (at 190 pages it took a while). My son, a poor reader, happily reads a few pages as well. Again this book has no illustrations, despite being aimed at preteens, but the well crafted story reads well enough without them. Plus the vocabulary used is quite varied and challenging, which is useful for children reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking! 11 April 2014
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This is a superb book. You start with this really ugly pig, everyone changes their mind about him, Dinah is the only sensible one, they meet the Demon Headmaster, foil his plans again, he tries to kill them, fails, the Demon Headmaster gets away, don't know where he went. I recommend that you read this book. I also recommend that you eat raspberry sorbet instead of chocolate chip ice cream, but that has nothing to do with this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another used book in perfect condition 1 Nov 2013
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Excellent children's book. Looking forward to reading this with the kids. Lots of fun from author Gillian Cross. Stellar read.
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