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Noughts & Crosses

Written by Malorie Blackman

Part of the Noughts and Crosses Series

Family / Home Stories Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 13+ readers Featured Books for Young Adults Romance / Relationship Stories Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

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Now a Major BBC TV series - this edition contains an exclusive Q&A with lead actor Paterson Joseph

Noughts & Crosses Synopsis

'Stop it! You're all behaving like animals! Worse than animals - like blankers!' Sephy is a Cross: dark-skinned and beautiful, she lives a life of privilege and power. But she's lonely, and burns with injustice at the world she sees around her.

Callum is a nought: pale-skinned and poor, he's considered to be less than nothing - a blanker, there to serve Crosses - but he dreams of a better life.

They've been friends since they were children, and they both know that's as far as it can ever go. Noughts and Crosses are fated to be bitter enemies - love is out of the question. Then - in spite of a world that is fiercely against them - these star-crossed lovers choose each other. But this is love story that will lead both of them into terrible danger . . . and which will have shocking repercussions for generations to come.

Voted as one of the UK's best-loved books, Malorie Blackman's Noughts & Crosses is a seminal piece of YA fiction; a true modern classic.

Noughts & Crosses Press Reviews

Packs some powerful political punches - Guardian

Unforgettable - Independent

The Noughts & Crosses series are still my favourite books of all time and showed me just how amazing story-telling could be - Stormzy

The most original book I've ever read  Benjamin Zephaniah

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ISBN: 9780241388396
Publication date: 31/05/2019
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780141378640
Publication date: 06/04/2017
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241388396
Publication date: 31st May 2019
Author: Malorie Blackman
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 496 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Fantasy / Magical, Romance / Relationship Stories, Personal Social Health Economic

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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