Contact by Malorie Blackman


Written by Malorie Blackman
Illustrated by Paul Fisher

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Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 7+ Malorie Blackman is adept at writing thought-provoking books as full of ideas as they are of action and adventure. This futuristic drama is set in a world where humans are banned from touching one another and must wear Non-Contact suits at all times. Cal and his friends defy the rules, taking off their suits to play football - real not virtual, with as much contact as possible. When Jacob forces his way into their group, it looks as though their secret is out, but Jacob is transformed by the experience and feels connected to his team-mates in a way he never has before. A typically engaging and rewarding read. ~ Andrea Reece

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+


Contact by Malorie Blackman

An exciting futuristic drama about acceptance, trust and teamwork from an award-winning author. In a post-apocalyptic world where everyone wears Non-Contact suits to survive and where you can never touch another person directly, Cal and Jenna have formed a football team. Not virtual - real football, with real contact. But Jenna's horrible twin Jacob is suspicious and it looks like they're headed for disaster...Can the team reach out to Jacob and convince him that making contact is also what makes us feel alive?

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+

About the Author

Malorie Blackman

Children's Laureate 2013-2015

Malorie Blackman had a variety of jobs before she became a full time writer and spent many years working as a Database Manager for Reuters travelling extensively within Europe and the United States.

After 82 rejection letters, her first novel, Not So Stupid!, was a selected title for the 1991 Feminist Book Fortnight, and Malorie participated in the first BBC TV Black Women’s Screenwriting Workshop in 1991. She has written a number of books for young readers including the Whizziwig series, which have been dramatised successfully for children’s television.

Her dystopian novel series Noughts and Crosses has won the Children’s Book Award, and she has twice won the Young Telegraph/Gimme 5 Award (for Hacker and Thief!) – the only author to have done so. Malorie writes across a range of subjects for children and teens, addressing diverse and sensitive issues.

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2008 Malorie received an OBE for her contribution to children’s literature and was awarded the prestigious Eleanor Farjeon award in 2005.

Malorie was selected as the Waterstones Children's Laureate in June 2013 taking over from Julia Donaldson. She will remain in the post for the next 2 years. The title of Children’s Laureate is awarded to an acclaimed author or illustrator in acknowledgment of their outstanding contribution to their field, and Malorie is the eighth recipient of this honour.

She lives in South London.

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1st April 2015




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