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The Demon Headmaster [Paperback]

Gillian Cross
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4 Jun 2009 Demon Headmaster
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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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reissue edition (4 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019275582X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192755827
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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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)

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

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 17 Sep 2010
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool 6 Mar 2013
By Daba
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Story book 6 Sep 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 20 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book and the rest the series.
My age rating for it would be about 8-10
I really hope you enjoy it to! :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Th Demon Headmaster 15 Oct 2012
By LMC
Format:Paperback
`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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My daughter liked it 6 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
My daughter bought this book for her kindle and liked it. She is 10 years old and is an avid reader. Liked the plot, the style of writing and the overall feel of the book. She has read Gillian Cross books before and likes her style of writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 7 April 2014
By stevpat
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My grandaughter hasent put it down it has got her more interested in plain books. What more would you want from a book?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever
A great read I completely found it amazing and as a child (11)I would like to say it is amazing
Published 3 months ago by lisa richards
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I was impressed when I read this book it was wow so so so so so brilliant
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Published 4 months ago by Jamie's kindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book read it
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 more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Fabulous,exciting,fast paced and adventurous. I think it's great for children 7-12 and it's just just just f a b u l o u s !
Published 6 months ago by Crazy AK-47
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
I bought this book on my Kindle hoping it was good, was I right?
NO
The first bits should show boys have a problem with girls which could put parents off and make sales... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gemma Heathcote
5.0 out of 5 stars mystery headmaster
amazing book and it is very instereting and all my family loves the book
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Published 8 months ago by micheal
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
This book was not the best book I've ever read but it was not the worst either so I suppose you might like it.
Published 8 months ago by S. Beattie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant biography
This is a fantastic book charting the life of Blackburn MP Jack Straw. Creepy and fascinating. Buy it now or else.
Published 9 months ago by Shulgin
5.0 out of 5 stars Demon headmaster
I loved it because I couldn't stop reading this book. It was epic and I hope that the author will write more books. It was the first Gillian cross bok
Published 9 months ago by Katie
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
It's a good book but it's not very interesting and exciting. You should try this book but you may get board of it and not read it so I would say....don't waste your money. Read more
Published 13 months ago by S. Clark
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