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Blackman, Malorie

In this concluding volume in the 'Noughts and Crosses' trilogy Rose, growing into young adulthood, discovers the truth about her mixed parentage. Determined to know more about her father and honour both sides of her heritage, she finds herself drawn inexorably into greater and greater danger

Paperback, Book. English. Young adult fiction.
Published London: Corgi, 2006
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Statement of responsibility: Malorie Blackman
ISBN: 0552551945, 9780552551946
Intended audience: Adolescent.
Note: Originally published: London: Doubleday, 2005.
Physical Description: 510 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Series: The noughts & crosses trilogy
Subject: Prejudices Fiction.; Racially mixed children Fiction.; Birthfathers Fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 4.3
Interest Level: UY
Points: 17
Quiz Number: 208208

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.


"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"
The Bookseller||"Checkmateonce 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 whichCheckmate, 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"
Evening Standard

Back cover copy

Can the future ever erase the past?

Callie 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 Rose unexpectedly discovers the truth about her parentage, with potentially devastating results. As Rose takes her first steps away from Sephy and into her father's world, she finds herself drawn inexorably into a dangerous, deadly game - a game of very high stakes that can have only one winner . . .

The dramatic and intensely moving third novel in the award-winningNoughts & Crosestrilogy.

'Blackman is a terrific thriller writer'Evening Standard

'A brilliantly imagined world'Publishing News

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