Author of the Month - Malorie Blackman Author of the Month - Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman writes top quality children's books for all ages but in this special section we are highlighting her novels for teenagers and young adults. Her Noughts and Crosses sequence was first published well over 10 years ago but it remains truly compelling, original and relevant to today dealing brilliantly with issues of race and ethnic identity. With fabulous new covers this sequence is a must read for a new generation of teenagers and young adults. In her latest novel Chasing the Stars, Malorie Blackman has entwined two of her great passions - Shakespeare's Othello and science fiction - to create a thrilling outer-space-set epic that tingles with romance, danger, distrust and jealousy.

Reader ReviewedChasing the Stars
Malorie Blackman
Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 | May 2016 Book of the Month An innovative, ambitious page-turner in which the inimitable Malorie... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Noughts & Crosses
Malorie Blackman
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. Michael Rosen on a compelling favourite: "A book that dared... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Knife Edge
Malorie Blackman
The terrific sequel to Noughts and Crosses which continues the story of Sephy and Callum and their families. Full of mystery, suspense, romance and even murder, taking the reader through numerous different emotions but in the end you will be... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Checkmate
Malorie Blackman
The powerful third story in the Noughts & Crosses sequence follows Sephy and her daughter, as she discovers the secret of her parentage and, as she grows into a young adult, the truth of the prejudices that surround her and... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Double Cross
Malorie Blackman
This thrilling new title in award winning Malorie Blackman's cleverly observed series, which began with Noughts and Crosses, captures the drama and potential violence of growing up – especially in a world where the Noughts are willing to use violence... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Noble Conflict
Malorie Blackman
Best-known for Noughts & Crosses, the newly appointed Children's Laureate's latest book is as thought provoking as ever. Here, society has been torn apart by war. The Guardians keep the city peaceful by keeping out the rebels. Kaspar is honoured... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2014
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Love Hurts
Malorie Blackman
February 2015 Short Story Collection of the Month Malorie Blackman has compiled a collection of short stories from some of the best young adult authors writing today. For anyone who has ever loved and lost - and loved again -... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/01/2015
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Boys Don't Cry
Malorie Blackman
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... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/04/2011
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Noughts and Crosses, first published in 2001, explores racism through a fictional dystopia where the dark-skinned ruling class of the Crosses look down upon the white Noughts. Through the characters of Sephy and Callum, and their doomed love affair, the author addressed issues of racial prejudice in a ground-breaking way. The story continued with the sequels Knife Edge, Double Cross and finished with Checkmate.

All four books in the series have now been reissued, with stunning new covers.

Michael Rosen on Noughts & Crosses : "A book that dared to go where no one thought you could with young audiences because it raises tough stuff to do with race."

Noughts & Crosses was selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.

In 2008 Malorie was honoured with an OBE for her services to children's literature, and from 2013 to 2015 she held the post of Children's Laureate.

Malorie Blackman used her appointment as Children's Laureate to call for a greater "diversity and inclusion. More books featuring kids/YA with disabilities, LGBT, people of colour, travellers, different cultures, religions".

As Laureate one of her main projects was to found the Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC), a celebration of the very best YA books and authors. She said :

"We are incredibly lucky to have such a wealth of fantastic children's authors and illustrators in this country who create incredible stories for young adults to enjoy. It's so important to encourage, sustain and where necessary instil a love of reading in our teenagers. Reading opens doors and creates life opportunities. That's why I want to do my utmost to promote YA books for all our young (and older!) readers."

The YALC is now in its 4th year - find out more about it here and follow @yalc_uk

You can follow Malorie at @malorieblackman on facebook and at www.malorieblackman.co.uk


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