Noughts & Crosses (#1) (out of print)
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Two young people are forced to make a stand in this thought-provoking look at racism and prejudice in an alternate society.
Sephy is a Cross -- a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a Nought -- a “colourless” member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood, but that’s as far as it can go. In their world, Noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix. Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum -- a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger. Can they possibly find a way to be together?
In this gripping, stimulating and totally absorbing novel, black and white are right and wrong.
Exciting new edition of the award-winning first novel in this trilogy about racism set in an alternate reality, with the addition of the World Book Day novella AN EYE FOR AN EYE at the end
" An incredible novel that is as heart-rending as it is provocative."
- "The Bookseller"
Malorie Blackman worked as a database manager and systems programmer before becoming a full-time writer. She has been awarded a number of prizes including the WHSmith's Mind-Boggling Books Award and the Young Telegraph/Gimme 5 award for HACKER, the Young Telegraph/Fully Booked award for THIEF! and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal for PIG-HEART BOY. She was voted Voice/Excel Children's Writer of the Year in 1997. NOUGHTS AND CROSSES has won five awards and appeared on BBC TV's The Big Read. THE TIMES has described her as 'a bit of a national treasure' and she was awarded the distinguished Eleanor Farjeon Award in 2005.