Noughts and Crosses

by Malorie Blackman

Reading Age: 12+

Interest level: 12+

by Malorie Blackman

In Malorie Blackman's groundbreaking novel, the population is divided into two: the white Noughts are second-class citizens, and the black Crosses are highly-revered and perceived as the superior race. 15-year-old Callum is a Nought, and his best friend, Sephy, as well as being a Cross, is also the daughter of one of the most influential politicians in the country.

The story focuses on their relationship, which is frowned upon by society, and explores the discrimination they encounter at every turn. By reversing traditional racial stereotypes and presenting the White population as the oppressed race, Blackman has cleverly shown racial prejudice from a different perspective.

As well as being a compelling tale of love and friendship, this is an outstanding and thought-provoking exploration of the futility of prejudice. A contemporary classic.


Publisher: Random House

About the author

  • Malorie Blackman

    Malorie Blackman is acknowledged as one of today's most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers.


    The novels in her Noughts & Crosses sequence have won several awards, including the Children's Book Award, and she has won many other awards for her books for the Random House list. Both Hacker and Thief! won the Young Telegraph/Gimme 5 Award - Malorie is the only author to have won this award twice - while Hacker also won the WH Smith Mind-Boggling Books Award in 1994. Her work has appeared on screen, with Pig-Heart Boy, which was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, being adapted into a BAFTA-award-winning TV serial. Malorie has also written a number of titles for younger readers. In 2005, Malorie was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her distinguished contribution to the world of children's books.


    In 2008, she was then honoured with an OBE for her services to Children's Literature. She is the current Waterstones Children's Laureate for 2013-2015.

    Malorie Blackman
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26 May 2016

Great read, loved it.

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6 April 2016

This has to be one of the best books I have ever read. It´s a fantastic story, like Romeo and Juliet.

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Murcia, Spain
4 January 2016

i thought that the book was great and also very interesting.

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14 December 2015


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