You Just Don't Listen!
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Our front cover this month features an illutration by Mark Longworth for Gillian Cross's new paperback, The Revenge of the Demon Headmaster. Puffin publish this book in April 1995 (see the Gillian Cross Authorgraph for full details) and we are grateful to them for their help in using this illustration.
This was first published in hardback under the title Put a Saddle on the Pig - a more attention-grabbing one than the paperback! Conflict and emotions run high when 16-year-old Laura finds out that her widowed mother is not only seeing another man but plans to move to the country. Faced with the prospect of leaving her friends and the city life she enjoys, she rebels and feels betrayed at her mother's lack of consultation. Eventually, acknowledging that her mother too has the right to make her own life, Laura makes a fragile truce. The author describes teenage feelings with accuracy and style in a book which was chosen by young people in Ireland as the Bisto Book of the Year.