Malorie Blackman - Author

About the Author

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 her spare time, Malorie likes going to the cinema, the theatre and watching TV, enjoys playing computer and board games, and reads absolutely everything...except Westerns.
 
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 and held the post for two 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.

Featured books by Malorie Blackman

Betsey Biggalow is Here!

Betsey Biggalow is Here!

5+ readers

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/05/2014

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. Join Betsey on four short, sun-filled adventures as she learns you don't have to be big to make a big difference.

The Noble Conflict

The Noble Conflict

13+ readers

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/06/2013

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 to join the Guardians but when he meets Rhea, a beautiful rebel girl, he becomes haunted by memories from the past. Has he given up too much for the sake of safety and protection? 

Hostage

Hostage

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2012

Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. Brand new package for this gripping adventure story by top author Malorie Blackman. Blindfolded. Alone. Afraid. No idea where she is or what will happen next. The only thing Angela knows is that she's been kidnapped. Does she have the courage to escape? Will she ever see her father again? Thrilling adventure from a highly acclaimed author. Particularly suitable for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Other books by Malorie Blackman

Ellie and the Cat

Ellie and the Cat

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/2019

Ellie is the rudest, most spoilt child her grandma has ever met and it's time that she learnt a lesson! So with a little bit of magic and some help from Jolly the cat, Grandma's going to make sure that Ellie changes her ways. Can Ellie work hard to prove that she can be good? Or is she destined to spend the rest of her days trapped in the body of a mean old cat? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+.

Magic Betsey

Magic Betsey

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2018

Betsey puts on a magic show but everyone is less than impressed with her tricks. No matter, in these four sweet and funny short stories, Betsey learns the importance of believing in yourself, that practise makes perfect, and that some magic is real . . . This book is one of five short story collections featuring Betsey Biggalow, from Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman. Beautifully illustrated by Jamie Smith, these warm and funny stories are ideal for building confidence in young readers, whether reading aloud or alone.

Fangs

Fangs

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2015

Poor Fangs, the tarantula, is terribly lonely and bored with her life in the pet-shop. So when Nathan takes her home, she's more than excited about her new life. But before Nathan can introduce his new pet to his family, he's going to need her help to convince them that spiders aren't just creepy and crawly . . . They're beautiful and brave too! This funny story from the Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman, is perfect for building confidence in young readers - whether reading aloud or reading alone.

Doctor Who: 12 Doctors 12 Stories

Doctor Who: 12 Doctors 12 Stories

Author: Malorie Blackman, Holly Black, Neil Gaiman, Derek Landy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2014

Twelve bestselling authors, twelve Doctors, twelve brilliant adventures in time and space for ALL Doctor Who fans! This print anthology features the original eleven eShorts plus a brand-new Twelfth Doctor story by Holly Black.

Hurricane Betsey

Hurricane Betsey

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/10/2014

A hurricane is on it's way . . . And Betsey can't wait! Join her as she helps prepare for the storm, is entered into a very strange contest, and even attempts to eat a MONSTER hamburger in four fabulously funny adventures. This book is one of five collections featuring Betsey Biggalow from Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman. Beautifully illustrated by Jamie Smith, these stories are ideal for building confidence in young readers, whether reading aloud or alone.

Betsey's Birthday Surprise

Betsey's Birthday Surprise

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/2014

Join Betsey, the little girl with big ideas, as she surprises everyone on her birthday, learns to be a guard dog, moves house and even becomes a TV star in these four warm and funny adventures. This book is one of five short story collections featuring Betsey from Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman, beautifully illustrated by Jamie Smith, and ideal for building confidence in young readers.

Betsey Biggalow is Here!

Betsey Biggalow is Here!

5+ readers

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/05/2014

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. Join Betsey on four short, sun-filled adventures as she learns you don't have to be big to make a big difference.

Betsey Biggalow the Detective

Betsey Biggalow the Detective

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2014

Betsey's teddy bear has disappeared without a trace! Join Betsey the Detective as she enlists the help of Prince, the detective dog, to solve the mystery! This book is one of five short story collections featuring Betsey Biggalow from Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman. Beautifully illustrated by Jamie Smith, these warm and funny stories are ideal for building confidence in readers aged 7 and over, whether reading aloud or reading alone.

Rollercoasters: Rollercoasters: Noble Conflict Reader

Rollercoasters: Rollercoasters: Noble Conflict Reader

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2014

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.

Girl Wonder and the Terrific Twins

Girl Wonder and the Terrific Twins

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2014

When Maxine has a plan, you can be sure it involves her twin brothers Anthony and Edward. You can also be sure it involves BIG TROUBLE! This title features nine fantastically funny short stories, perfect for building confidence in new readers, whether reading aloud or reading alone.

Girl Wonder to the Rescue

Girl Wonder to the Rescue

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2014

Birthday-present burglars, a Tooth Fairy mystery, and an abandoned puppy - no adventure is too great for Maxine, also known as Girl Wonder! This collection of seven funny short stories is perfect for building confidence in new readers, whether reading aloud or reading alone.

Girl Wonder's Winter Adventures

Girl Wonder's Winter Adventures

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2014

From scaring Mum at Halloween to building the biggest snowball the world's ever seen - Maxine always has a super plan and needs the help of her twin brothers, Anthony and Edward. Together the super siblings make all sorts of mischief . . . Can they fix it before Mum finds out? These seven funny short stories are perfect for building confidence in new readers, whether reading alone or reading aloud.

Snow Dog

Snow Dog

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/2014

IT'S GOING TO BE WOOF-ONDERFUL! There is nothing Nicky wants more in the world than a dog to play with. But Mum and Dad don't want a dog. Then Granddad has an idea - he and Nicky can make a dog: a snow-dome dog. Even better, he has some special clay, found at the end of a rainbow, so that the dog will be extra-special. Maybe even magic . . . Colour First Readers are perfect for new readers and include notes be reading specialist Prue Goodwin, honorary fellow of the University of Reading.

I Want A Cuddle!

I Want A Cuddle!

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2014

Little Rabbit needs a cuddle - QUICK! - so she sets off through the forest to find the perfect hug. But some cuddles are too prickly and some are too tickly, so just who will give her the hug she needs? A warm story in which Little Rabbit discovers that everyone needs a cuddle at times - even little foxes! This delightful story is written by Malorie Blackman, Children's Laureate, and illustrated with delightful style by Joanne Partis.

Hostage

Hostage

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/03/2013

Snatched off the street, Angela is alone and terrified. She knows she's been kidnapped but will her dad pay the ransom? Or can she be brave enough to escape? A new edition of a thrilling top selling tale from a top author. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 8+

Trust Me

Trust Me

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2013

Seventeen-year-old Jayna wishes she could spend every second of the day with Andrew. He's her first love, and he understands her like nobody else can. Jayna just wishes Andrew's prejudiced family could accept her - but when they're alone together, it hardly seems to matter. But something strange has happened to Andrew. He looks . . . different. Pale and drawn, as if he hasn't been outside for days, with mysteriously cold green eyes. He won't go out in the sunlight, and he's unnaturally fast and strong. And now he wants Jayna to join him. Now she has to make the choice: to lose Andrew forever, or to be with him always - no matter the cost.

The Monster Crisp-Guzzler

The Monster Crisp-Guzzler

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2012

At her new school, Mira discovers she has a very unusual teacher - a teacher who turns into a real-life dragon when she eats crisps! This comes in very handy when the class run into trouble on a school trip to the seaside...

Callum: A Noughts and Crosses Short Story

Callum: A Noughts and Crosses Short Story

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2012

A powerful short story featuring Sephy and Callum, stars of the original dystopian bestseller, Noughts and Crosses. First released exclusively for World Book Day 2012.

Hostage

Hostage

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2012

Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. Brand new package for this gripping adventure story by top author Malorie Blackman. Blindfolded. Alone. Afraid. No idea where she is or what will happen next. The only thing Angela knows is that she's been kidnapped. Does she have the courage to escape? Will she ever see her father again? Thrilling adventure from a highly acclaimed author. Particularly suitable for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Aesop's Fables: A Magic Beans Story

Aesop's Fables: A Magic Beans Story

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: eBook Release Date: 22/12/2011

A singing ant, a silly wolf and a mighty mouse are just some of the characters in this mini collection of everyone's favourite fables. After all, it's never too late to learn a new moral or two!This story is a magic bean. It may not look much like a bean, but I can promise you that it is. For if you plant it in a young mind, it will grow into a love of story and reading. These beans are favourite fairytales and legends that will delight, thrill and thoroughly entertain. Each story has been brilliantly crafted by one of the best-loved writers for children. This story was published by David Fickling Books as part of the Magic Beans anthology. The complete anthology is available in hardback and in ebook format.

Jack Sweettooth

Jack Sweettooth

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2008

Jackson Winstanley Sweettooth (or Jack for short) is a mouse who lives with Matthew and the rest of the Bailey family. He gets the blame for a lot of things - Mrs Bailey thinks he's swallowed her ruby and nibbled at Shani's birthday cake. And Jack's biggest enemy is Beauregard Battersby-Bunge, the pesky ginger cat from next door. But everything gets better when another mouse, Blossom, comes to stay with the Baileys - soon Blossom and Jack are the best of friends!

Cloud Busting

Cloud Busting

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2005

Despite his Mum's insistence, Sam doesn't want to be friends with Davey, he thinks Davey's a first class, grade A, top of the dung heap moron. But one day Davey saves Sam's life and a bond is formed between them. Sam is still embarrassed to be seen with Davey, but little by little he has to admit, when it's just the two of them, Davey is a lot of fun. But then something terrible happens to Davey. . . Told in verse, in first person, this is the touching story of an extraordinary friendship, that changes two boys lives for ever. An uplifting tale that truly sings out.

The Deadly Dare Mysteries

The Deadly Dare Mysteries

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2005

In Deadly Dare, there's a new craze at Theo and Ricky's school. The rules are simple: write a dare, put it in the bag and take turns to pick one out. But on the night Ricky does his dare and enters the deserted warehouse, he disappears. What really happened to Ricky - and how much does new girl Angela know? Theo needs to find the answers before it's too late . . . There's nothing unusual about getting emails from your dad . . . unless he died a few months ago. In Computer Ghost Jade asks Theo, Ricky and Angela to help her find out what's going on. Could the mysterious, desperate messages really be from a ghost? One thing's for sure. Whoever is behind them wants something badly - and they'll stop at nothing to get it . . . Theo, Ricky and Angela have to become Lie Detectives to uncover the truth about top inventor, Darius Marriott, after he comes to give a talk at school and collapses. Who is out to get him, and why does their friend Bullet seem so involved? They're determined to get to the bottom of it all - but that could prove to be much more dangerous than they think . . . Three gripping mysteries by bestselling Malorie Blackman.

Whizziwig and Whizziwig Returns Omnibus

Whizziwig and Whizziwig Returns Omnibus

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2005

Whizziwig is a small, furry alien who has crash-landed on Earth and ended up on top of Ben's wardrobe. Once Ben has recovered from the shock of this unexpected arrival he's delighted to learn that Whizziwig is a 'wish-giver' able to turn wishes into reality. But it's not as straightforward as it sounds. The wishes have to be made for someone else, and by accident, so it isn't long before some very strange, and very funny, things start happening.

Dangerous Reality

Dangerous Reality

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2004

So your mum's this brilliant scientist. She's just invented the most awesome Artificial Intelligence system. Its virtual world is the perfect place to forget about real life. Which is exactly what you want. But then a bug corrupts the system. It's violent and unpredictable. This is no ordinary glitch - someone's trying to sabotage it. You need to figure out who, and why. And fast! What if your life was about to be game over? Dangerous Reality is a nail-biting thriller from the author of the bestselling Noughts and Crosses sequence.

Thief!

Thief!

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2004

You're the new girl in school. You're just trying to fit in - and it's not working. Then someone accuses you of theft, and you think things can't get any worse. Until you get caught in a freak storm . . . The next thing you know, you're in the future. Being shot at for being out after curfew. You don't even recognise your hometown. And you're heading for a confrontation from your worst nightmare. What if you could change the past to save the future?

A.N.T.I.D.O.T.E.

A.N.T.I.D.O.T.E.

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2004

It's just your average Friday night. Then the police show up. Your mum's been caught on CCTV, breaking into a giant chemical company. They say she's working undercover for A.N.T.I.D.O.T.E, a group against animal testing - but how is that possible? She's not a spy - is she? Now she's on the run - and only you can uncover the truth. And you've got to crack a code to do it. A gripping story from the bestselling author of Noughts and Crosses, Malorie Blackman.

Hacker

Hacker

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2004

MESSAGE: This is the system operator. Who is using this account? Please identify yourself . . . When Vicky's father is arrested, accused of stealing over a million pounds from the bank where he works, she is determined to prove his innocence. But how? There's only one way - to attempt to break into the bank's computer files. Even if Vicky is the best hacker in the world, will she find the real thief before they find her?

Dead Gorgeous

Dead Gorgeous

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2003

When the mysterious stranger shows up at Nova's parents' hotel, she thinks her luck has changed - until she realizes she's the only one who can see him. Liam explains he's been here a long time. And he can never leave, no matter how hard he tries. Soon, Nova begins to piece his tragic story together. But she's hiding a secret of her own - one she's desperate to keep from her family. And now Liam's found her out . . .

Trust Me

Trust Me

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2002

When Heather goes on holiday with Andrew she gets more than she bargained for. Not only does he dump her, but when she meets up with him his excuse is that he was coming to terms with being a vampire! Heather does love him, and now he wants them to be together forever. Only he really means forever.

Space Race

Space Race

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/1997

Five...four...three...two...one. Lift-off! What can Lizzie do when big-headed Jake challenges her to a race in space? She's GOT to beat him. But Jake has a super-duper, deluxe new spaceship that runs on special fuel...Zoom to Pluto and back with this super space story from award-winning author, Malorie Blackman.

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