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on 28 January 2002
The book "The Prime Minister's Brain" is an excellent thriller. It's about a girl named Dinah Hunter, and the SPLAT team (Lloyd, Harvey, Ingrid, Ian and Mary). Dinah is a genius in math and puzzles.
Dinah finds the entire of the splat team watching and playing this new game called "Octopus Dare", except Ingrid and Harvey.They give Dinah a try and she wins. Dinah becomes the school champion of "Octopus Dare", and is sent to the finals with a Saladin computer.
At the finals, Dinah sees all the other school champions entranced by the two new swirling octopus tentacles, every where they go. She too is glued to them. But why does it hypnotize everybody? Was the Demon Headmaster back, the feared Headmaster who has terrible powers? And why does everyone want to get into the Prime Minister's Brain?
I loved this book. I recommend it to anyone who has a taste for adventure and is over age four. I really like the tenseness that it gives when suddenly perspectives change.
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on 23 March 2009
Dinah has now been adopted by the Hunter's and has settled into her new life with brother's Lloyd and Harvey. The SPLAT team are looking forward to an action packed summer doing all sorts of great things together but when they decide to spend the first week at the school computer club they encounter the new game Octopus Dare. Before long everyone apart from Harvey and Ingrid are hooked. Dinah however is the only one able to finish the game and as a result is sent to a computer competition final in London. The others go with her as she feels uneasy about the whole thing and she soon finds she has good reason as the comepetion is being run by no other than the old Headmaster. Whilst Dinah tries to warn her fellow competitors about him and find out what he's up to this time Lloyd, Harvey and the others try and come to her aid by climbing up the rubbish shute.

Another great book from Gillian Cross full of excitement and humor. Good to see all the old characters back and Cross does a good job again of writing about the difficulties of fitting into a new family without being too in your face and preachy.
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