Boys Don't Cry by Malorie Blackman

Boys Don't Cry

Written by Malorie Blackman

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Shortlisted for the prestigious Sheffield Children's Book Award 2011

Best-selling author Malorie Blackman has an exceptional ability to see the world from a teenager’s angle. With his stellar A-level results in his hand, Dante has a great future mapped out for himself. But then his ex-girl friend turns up and Dante finds that he is… a dad! Blackman uses her trade mark of twin voices as Dante and his brother Adam unravel the stories from their pasts, their intense feelings for each other and their growing love for the baby. A deeply moving and convincing story which never descends into sentimentality.


Boys Don't Cry by Malorie Blackman

This is the explosively page-turning new novel for teenagers from the author of the award-winning Noughts and Crosses sequence. You're about to receive your A-level results and then a future of university and journalism awaits. But the day they're due to arrive your old girlfriend Kendra turns up unexpectedly ...with a baby ...You assume Kendra's helping a friend, until she nips out to buy some essentials, leaving you literally holding the baby ...Malorie's dramatic new novel will keep you on the edge of your seat right to the final page.

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An extraordinary book, and truly is Malorie Blackman at her best Guardian Blackman's emotional intelligence is such that Boys Don't Cry should be read aloud in every secondary school -- Amanda Craig The Times Her writing at its best, creating characters and a story which, once read, will not easily go away -- Nick Tucker Independent Blackman grapples with contemporary issues without ever letting them overwhelm the story and characterisation. A winner -- Suzi Feay Financial Times This is an adroit investigation of family relations, very clearly portrayed -- Toby Clements Daily Telegraph

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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320 pages
Interest Age: From 12 from 12


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Publication date

28th April 2011




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