Rollercoasters: Rollercoasters: Noble Conflict Reader by Malorie Blackman


Rollercoasters: Rollercoasters: Noble Conflict Reader by Malorie Blackman

Years after a violent war destroyed much of the world, Kaspar has grown up in a society based on peace and harmony. But beyond the city walls, a vicious band of rebels is plotting to tear this peace apart. It is up to the Guardians - an elite peacekeeping force - to protect the city, without ever resorting to the brutal methods of their enemy. When Kaspar joins the Guardians, he has a chance encounter with a rebel named Rhea. Haunted from that moment on by strange visions and memories, he realizes he hasn't been told the truth about what he's really fighting for.


The reader is aware of Blackman's enjoyment in her writing and also the moral heart that beats at the core of this hard-hitting, exciting fiction. With the eagerly anticipated Noble Conflict, her legions of fans have a treat in store. The Guardian The end of the novel provides a nice touch - Blackman's narrative moves beyond the novel and into her additional 'hyper-texts'. A selection of live websites that give another perspective and broaden the plot - a gift to the KS3 teacher! Noble Conflict has Blackman doing what she does best - exploring issues. And, as always, with Blackman, her writing is enjoyable and accessible, whilst her issues are complex. KS3 readers of all abilities will access the text and not be patronised as the themes under discussion are operating at a much higher level than the language itself. This is what I feel is the particular success of the novel. Teaching English - NATE

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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368 pages


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Publication date

24th April 2014



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