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The Demon Headmaster [Kindle Edition]

Gillian Cross
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

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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)

Book Description

Three children pit their wits against a fiendish headmaster who has a hypnotic hold over the school . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 757 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reissue edition (16 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BA8OGY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,578 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book 1 April 2012
By Anisha
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 17 Sept. 2010
A Kid's Review
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Th Demon Headmaster 15 Oct. 2012
`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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool 6 Mar. 2013
By Daba
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Story book 6 Sept. 2013
By Carmen
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book read it 26 Feb. 2014
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars A Bygone Age 23 Nov. 2014
By Julia
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Like most people I picked this book up on nostalgia - I loved the tv series as a kid back in the nineties and I wanted to experience it again. Oh boy, has children's fiction come a long way since then.
It simply cannot be understated how much the likes of Harry Potter has revolutionized this genre, a honestly thought I reading a Goosebumps book by the mid-point.
Put simply: The characters are flat, the dialogue has aged extremely poorly (and dear God will some of Lloyd's expressions make you cringe) and the Demon Headmaster's entire motivation is because he is evil. The man even pauses at one point to tilt his head back and laugh evilly like Ming the Merciless of Flash Gordon fame. And while we are on that subject the Prefects are also poorly explained, were they drones like all the other kids or were they willing participants? They certainly have more free will than everyone else so once again all signs point to ''Generic Evil.''
The world has moved on, and books like this simply no longer cut it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book
Very good cliff hangers, didn't want to have to wait until the next day for the next chapter. Just have to read the next one
Published 17 days ago by Cowboy36
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent long form story for 7 (and 37) year olds
I read this book many years ago and remembered it fondly. The Headmaster at my school was the Demon Headmaster personified to me! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Call Me Harry
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
not the best book ever. it was ok i guess but try trust me by malorie blackman tha is just a maze ing.
Published 3 months ago by Maria : )
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My 9 year old loved it, fast paced and exciting.
Published 5 months ago by K J Mance
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool, creepy, awesome book
it was a really interesting book, the author used clever descriptive words. my favourite character was Ian and Eddie Hair. this book will be good for 9-10 year olds.
Published 6 months ago by Willem le Roux
5.0 out of 5 stars best book ever
I really enjoyed this book because of all thrilling books I've read this is one of my favourite books. I loved it!!
Published 6 months ago by epic some who e fed my cat?
5.0 out of 5 stars The Demon Headmaster:) ;)^-^
This book reminds me of my primary school because I had a teacher that was so evil and hated my class, to all of the other classes she was fine but she hated my class. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs Joanna O'Daly
4.0 out of 5 stars A Terrifying Read
It is interesting to me how many of the reviews here say this book is funny. I didn't find it funny at all. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. K. A. Wheatley
3.0 out of 5 stars quite a good story. Well written and gripping
This is a children's book, quite a good story. Well written and gripping.
Published 7 months ago by P J W Woolley
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