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Malorie Blackman - Author

About the Author

A World Book Day Author 2019 Children's Laureate 2013-2015

Malorie Blackman has written over sixty books for children and young adults. Many of her books have also been adapted for stage and television, including a BAFTA-award-winning BBC production of Pig-Heart Boy and a Pilot Theatre stage adaptation by Sabrina Mahfouz of Noughts & Crosses. There is also a major BBC production of Noughts & Crosses, with Roc Nation (JayZ's entertainment company) curating and releasing the soundtrack as executive music producer.

In 2008 Malorie received an OBE for her services to children's literature, and between 2013 and 2015 she was the Children's Laureate. Most recently, Malorie wrote for the Doctor Who series on BBC One, and the fifth novel in her Noughts & Crosses series, Crossfire, is published by Penguin Random House Children's.

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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.

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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? 

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Hostage

Hostage

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Malorie Blackman Illustrator: Derek Brazell 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

Level 3: Noughts and Crosses

Level 3: Noughts and Crosses

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/02/2011

Pearson English Readers bring language learning to life through the joy of reading. Well-written stories entertain us, make us think, and keep our interest page after page. Pearson English Readers offer teenage and adult learners a huge range of titles, all featuring carefully graded language to make them accessible to learners of all abilities. Through the imagination of some of the world's greatest authors, the English language comes to life in pages of our Readers. Students have the pleasure and satisfaction of reading these stories in English, and at the same time develop a broader vocabulary, greater comprehension and reading fluency, improved grammar, and greater confidence and ability to express themselves. Find out more at english.com/readers

Hostage

Hostage

Author: Malorie Blackman Illustrator: Derek Brazell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/04/2009

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+

Double Cross

Double Cross

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2008

Everyone assumes the bomb that killed Callie Rose's grandmother was the work of a nought terrorist. But Callie Rose knows the truth - and her fear of the past leaves her afraid for her future. Her boyfriend Tobey is worried about his own future. A nought boy at an exclusive school Tobey hopes to keep out of trouble, go to university, get a good job and leave the dangerous streets of his childhood behind. But Tobey is discovering that he can't keep clinging to some kind of no-man's land while the neighbourhood around him is carved up by rival gangs. Then he is offered the chance to earn some ready money just making a few 'deliveries'. He doesn't want a part of that world, the world of gangs. But maybe he could get away with it, just this once ...He little realizes how his decision will bring violence down on both himself and Callie and just how far he will go in fighting back...

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!

Noughts & Crosses (Dominic Cooke/RSC version)

Noughts & Crosses (Dominic Cooke/RSC version)

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/12/2007

An electrifying, bittersweet love story with echoes of Romeo and Juliet, set in a society divided by racial bigotry and a world rocked by terrorism. Adapted from Malorie Blackman's best-selling novels. Sephy (a Cross) is the daughter of the Deputy Prime Minister. Callum is the son of a Nought agitator. United by a shared sense of injustice as children, and separated by intolerance as they grow up, their desire to be together begins to eclipse all family loyalty - sparking a political crisis of unimaginable proportions. 'I wanted to turn society as we know it on its head, with new names for the major divisions, i.e. Noughts (the underclass) and Crosses (the majority, ruling society)' - Malorie Blackman Dominic Cooke's adaptation of Noughts & Crosses was first performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2007. It is now widely studied for GCSE. An alternative adaptation of Noughts & Crosses, written by Sabrina Mahfouz and premiered by Pilot Theatre on tour around the UK in 2019, is also published by Nick Hern Books

The Big Book of Betsey Biggalow

The Big Book of Betsey Biggalow

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2007

Betsey is a delightful, gutsy, inventive child, who leads a happy life with the ups and downs of any child, losing things, being tricked by siblings, having mixed experiences at school, all the little dramas of life everywhere. There are some big dramas too, like a terrifying hurricane. These lively books have enough humour and zest to appeal to any child.

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