The Demon Headmaster: Total Control
by Gillian Cross (Oxford University Press, 2017); audiobook read by Steven Crossley (Nudged, 2017)
One of the great middle grade villains returns, bringing his hypnotic powers into the digital age. At first the characters’ understanding lags a bit too far behind the reader’s. Thereafter, however, the kids become plucky and resourceful heroes, easy to cheer for.