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Knife edge

Knife edge

Blackman, Malorie

Following on from 'Noughts and Crosses', Sephy is struggling to raise her mixed-race child in an apartheid society and to make her mark as a singer in a society prejudiced against Crosses like her. But when her daughter finds out about her parentage, she must reassess her identity

Paperback, Book. English. Teenage Fiction. Dystopias. Young adult fiction. General.
Published London: Corgi, 2005
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Details

Statement of responsibility: Malorie Blackman
ISBN: 0552548928, 9780552548922
Intended audience: Adolescent.
Note: Originally published: London: Doubleday, 2004.
Physical Description: 363 p. ; 20 cm.
Series: The noughts & crosses trilogy
Series Title: Noughts & crosses trilogy.

Author note

MALORIE BLACKMANhas written over sixty books and is acknowledged as one of today's most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers. She has been awarded numerous prizes for her work, including the Red House Children's Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award. Malorie has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. In 2005 she was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her contribution to children's books, and in 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children's literature. She has been described byThe Timesas 'a national treasure'. Malorie Blackman was the Children's Laureate 2013-15.

Reviews

"It is really a cautionary tale about choice and the danger of nursing anger. This makes it a humane story that will help the cause of tolerance . . . It is written with passion, does not condescend and will appeal to teenagers who want to understand grown-up emotions"
The Sunday Times||"Relentless in its pace . . . Devastatingly powerful"
Guardian||"The story never flags, and characters develop . . . I repeatedly looked up from the pages, thinking "What would I do?" and this is the redeeming strength ofKnife Edge- its moral heft"
Daily Telegraph||"Malorie Blackman is writing a disturbing trilogy that should be read because it is important. And a gripping yarn as well"
School Librarian||"Noughts & Crosseswas brilliant and this sequel is as good, if not better . . . The reader is forced to confront issues of racism in our society in a unique way . . . but this is incidental as the tale is so compelling"
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Back cover copy

WHEN TRUTH AND JUSTICE ARE NO LONGER BLACK AND WHITE ISSUES . . .
Sephy is a Cross, one of the privileged in a society where the ruling Crosses treat the pale-skinned noughts as inferiors. But her baby daughter has a nought father ...
Jude is a nought. Eaten up with bitterness, he blames Sephy for the terrible losses his family has suffered ...
Now Jude's life rests on a knife edge. Will Sephy be forced, once again, to take sides?
A razor-sharp and intensely moving novel, the second in the Noughts & Crosses trilogy.
'A powerful story of race and prejudice' SUNDAY TIMES
'Every bit as exciting and intelligently written as one would expect . . . both moving and thought-provoking' OBSERVER
'Supercharged' SCOTTISH SUNDAY HERALD
ONLY SUITABLE FOR OLDER READERS