“There is no going back from that first line.”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
Ever since the days of Enid Blyton, school stories have fascinated children. J K Rowling gave the genre a new boost with Harry Potter and Hogwarts.
Payal Kapadia follows in this trend with her Horrid High series. The second part, return to Horrid High brings back the main characters from the first book, Ferg and Fermina. Irma, Volumina and Granny Grit along with a new cast of characters, Colonel Craven the sports master and Fracas the cook whp specialises in food fights with a crème brawlay that splinters into shards of sugar and custard. Not to mention the nervous Miss Nottynuf and Professor Bloom who teach maths and botany respectively.
Horrid High starts out as a transformed, happy school, but that would not make for an engrossing story. Instead, a horrid head is hard at work trying to undermine the new school and steal the last remaining animal and plant species on the planet for his own selfish reasons Kapadia keeps the reader unfamiliar with Horrid High I guessing as to the head’s identity.