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Noughts & crosses

Noughts & crosses

Blackman, Malorie; Blackman, Malorie

Award-winning author Malorie Blackman tackles the issues of racism and prejudice in a world set in an alternate historical reality. Previous titles by the author include Pig-Heart Boy, Hacker, Dangerous Reality and Operation Gadgetman

Paperback, Book. English. Young adult fiction.
Special new ed.
Published London: Corgi, 2006
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Statement of responsibility: Malorie Blackman
ISBN: 0552555703, 9780552555708
Intended audience: Adolescent.
Note: Previous ed.: London: Doubleday, 2001.
Physical Description: 478 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Terrorism Fiction.; Prejudices Fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 4
Interest Level: UY
Points: 14
Quiz Number: 205441


  1. Partial contents: An eye for an eye. Originally published: 2003.

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.


"An inspired take on Romeo and Juliet, Blackman's absorbing but alarming novel deals with themes of racism and prejudice without ever coming across as didactic. Unforgettable"
Independent||"Stimulating and emotionally satisfying"
Financial Times||"A gritty read for older children . . . At times this is a beautiful love story; at other times it is a harrowing and moral tale. Narrating believably through the voices of two teenagers, Malorie Blackman has written an incredible novel that is as heart-rending as it is provocative. I had to read it all in one sitting, and I challenge any reader not to do the same"
Bookseller||"This epic tome packs some powerful political punches to which readers will undoubtedly respond. But Blackman never compromises the story, which is dramatic, moving and brave"
Guardian||"Inter-racial teenage love has never been more painful"
The Times

Back cover copy


Callum is a nought - a second-class citizen in a world run by the ruling Crosses...

Sephy is a Cross, daughter of one of the most powerful men in the country...

In their world, noughts and Crosses simply don't mix. And as hostility turns to violence, can Callum and Sephy possibly find a way to be together? They are determined to try.

And then the bomb explodes...

A gripping, stimulating and totally absorbing novel set in a world where black and white are right and wrong.