Noughts & Crosses - Noughts and Crosses (Paperback)Malorie Blackman (author)
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A dystopian Romeo and Juliet that makes eloquent statements about race relations and the burning passions of the teenage heart, Noughts and Crosses is absolutely pivotal in the evolution of the Young Adult novel. The first of an astonishingly consistent series from former Waterstones Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, Noughts and Crosses stands as trailblazing work of literature.
'Stop it! You're all behaving like animals! Worse than animals - like blankers!'
Sephy is a Cross: 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: 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.
Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 319 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 28 mm
'Blackman's absorbing but alarming novel deals with themes of racism and prejudice...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...' - Bookseller
'Packs some powerful political punches...But Blackman never compromises the story, which is dramatic, moving and brave.' - Guardian
'Inter-racial teenage love has never been more painful.' - Amanda Craig, The Times
'The Noughts & Crosses series are still my favourite books of all time and showed me just how amazing story-telling could be.' - Stormzy
'I grew up reading her. It was one of the few books about black people, so I felt seen.' - Candice Carty-Williams
'The most original book I've ever read.' - Benjamin Zephaniah
'Malorie Blackman is absolutely amazing ... [Noughts & Crosses] really spoke to me, especially as a woman of dual heritage.' - Zawe Ashton
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