CBBC Office: Book Club: The Demon Headmaster
Hi. Katie here! This week I’ve been reading The Demon Headmaster. In the links below I’ve put my description and my review.
- Have you read The Demon Headmaster? Let us know what you thought of it!
- Who were your favourite characters? Did reading the book make you want to be one of the SPLAT gang?
- What did you think of Dinah’s attempts to pretend she wasn’t super intelligent? Do you think she should have been proud rather than embarrassed?
I’d love to know! And if you have any suggestions of books you think we should read in the CBBC Book Club, I’d love to hear about that too.
Beware – I ate lots of chocolate whilst reading this book!
Read Katie's description
The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross is about three schoolchildren who attend a school where very unusual things are happening. Lloyd and Harvey are brothers who are joined by their new foster sister Dinah who comes to live with them and subsequently joins their school too. Lloyd in particular is worried about Dinah’s arrival as he suspects she will end up being ‘one of them’ - by this he means one of the pupils who seem to rather strangely do everything the headmaster wants them to do in a spooky and robotic way…
Read Katie's review
I really enjoyed reading The Demon Headmaster as I loved watching it on CBBC when I was younger.
It’s an excellent story that makes you feel frustrated for the pupils at the school, particularly Lloyd and Harvey who are just two out of a small group of pupils who can’t be hypnotised by their creepy headmaster. They are cast out and not allowed into the secret assemblies that frequently take place, which hampers their mission to find out what is really going on…
When you’re reading The Demon Headmaster you can almost put yourself in the position of the pupils at the school, you feel sorry for them and wish there was a way they could overcome the headmaster’s controlling ways – but nobody believes them, not even Lloyd and Harvey’s mother. You’ll probably also feel sorry for Dinah who knows she is being hypnotised and talking nonsense but can’t stop it from happening. Throughout the book you find yourself rooting for them in the hope that they will overthrow their evil headmaster, bring him to justice and prove they were right all along. They need to stop him before he gains any more power than he already has…
Gillian Cross writes the descriptions of the headmaster and his hypnotising ways so well that when you’re reading it you can start to feel sleepy yourself like you’re being put into a trance! Reading the book may also make you think that you’re school isn’t so bad after all, no matter how boring you may sometimes find your assemblies –nothing can be as bad as Lloyd, Harvey and Dinah’s school with their demon headmaster!
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