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Checkmate

Written by Malorie Blackman

Part of the Noughts and Crosses Series

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Checkmate Review

Featured Books for 13+ readers Featured Books for Young Adults Gritty Reads Recommended Children's eBooks Romance / Relationship Stories

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 control her. The originality of the plot is breathtaking and the characters superbly drawn.

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Checkmate Synopsis

Can the future ever erase the past? Rose has a Cross mother and a nought father in a society where the pale-skinned noughts are treated as inferiors and those with dual heritage face a life-long battle against deep-rooted prejudices. Sephy, her mother, has told Rose virtually nothing about her father, but as Rose grows into a young adult, she unexpectedly discovers the truth about her parentage and becomes determined to find out more. But her father's family has a complicated history - one tied up with the fight for equality for the nought population. And as Rose takes her first steps away from Sephy and into this world, she finds herself drawn inexorably into more and more danger. Suddenly it's a game of very high stakes that can only have one winner ...

 

Checkmate Press Reviews

Thought-provoking brilliance The Sunday Times

Complex but beautifully crafted ... dramatic, intensely moving ... it truly ensnares the reader Carousel

A perfect end to an important and thought-provoking trilogy -- Sarah Harbon The Bookseller

Checkmate once again explores the lasting impact of prejudice, discrimination and the legacy of traumatic family history on the next generation in the author's brilliantly imagined world. Readers will not be dissapointed Publishing News

There is no mistaking the genuine grassroots passion with which Checkmate, the final part of Malorie Blackman's trilogy, has been anticipated among young teen readers ... Blackman is a terrific thriller writer, driving her plots forward with skill and tenacity -- Dinah Hall Evening Standard

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ISBN: 9780141378664
Publication date: 06/04/2017
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780552551946
Publication date: 07/09/2006
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141378664
Publication date: 6th April 2017
Author: Malorie Blackman
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 528 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: Gritty Reads, Romance / Relationship Stories
Recommendations: eBooks

About Malorie Blackman

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. ...

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