Top 15 books by Malorie Blackman

Cloud Busting

Malorie Blackman was appointed as Waterstones Children's Laureate 2013-2015.

Here's a list of of our favourite Malorie Blackman books.

You may also be interested in our feature about What to Read After Noughts and Crosses.

  • Cloud Busting

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 8+

    Shortlisted for the 2004 Nestlé Smarties Book Prize (age 6-8 category), an exploration of an unlikely friendship between two very different boys.

  • Unheard Voices

    Author: VariousEditor: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 11-12
    Reading age: 11+

    This collection of writing about slavery was published to coincide with the 200 year anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act 1807.

  • Pig Heart Boy

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 11+
    Reading age: 12+

    Cameron desperately needs a new heart when he is offered the opportunity to take part in a radical and controversial experiment involving the transplant of a pig's heart.

  • Ellie and the Cat

    Author: Malorie Blackman Illustrator: Matt Robertson
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 6+

    Ellie gets magically swapped into the body of her pet cat, Jolly. In order to become human again, Ellie must complete a special task before sunset the next day. A magical and gently comic tale of friendship and thinking of others. 

  • We're Going to Find the Monster

    Author: Malorie Blackman Illustrator: Dapo Adeola
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 3-5

    A lovely slightly fairy tale-inspired tale about a family with two younger siblings and a teenager getting ready for breakfast, featuring the wonderful storytelling and word wizardry of Malorie Blackman and the illustrations of prize-winning Dapo Adeola.

  • Hacker

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 8+

    A thriller for the computer buffs. Vicky's father is arrested for the theft of millions from the bank where he works.

  • Noughts and Crosses

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Penguin
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 12+

    Callum is a Nought but his best friend Sephy is a Cross - the daughter of one of the most influential politicians in the country.

  • Endgame

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Penguin
    Interest age: 14-17
    Reading age: 14+

    Malorie Blackman brings her iconic Noughts and Crosses series to an end with an electrifying, action-packed and emotional final instalment.

  • Boys Don't Cry

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Corgi Children's
    Interest age: 14+
    Reading age: 11+

    Dante is waiting for the postman. It's 'A' level results day and he has high hopes, but a knock on the door brings an old girlfriend and some news that will change his plans for good.

  • Peace Maker

    Author: Malorie Blackman Illustrator: Matthew Griffin
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 8+

    In Michela's world, aggression is forbidden - but sometimes fighting is the only way to keep the peace. This is a well-paced and interesting story, designed to appeal to reluctant or hesitant readers, as well as dyslexia-friendly.

  • Contact

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Imagine a future where physical contact between humans is illegal. No hand holding and no hugs to make you feel better when you're feeling sad.

  • Jon for Short

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke
    Interest age: 14+
    Reading age: 7+

    Jon (or is it Joe?) lies alone and amnesiac in his hospital bed, plagued by a disturbing dream of a torch, a knife, and a murder in the dark.

  • Trust Me

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Corgi Children's
    Interest age: 14+
    Reading age: 12+

    Seventeen-year-old Jayna can't wait to go on holiday with boyfriend Andrew - but their trip has unexpected and terrible consequences.

  • A.N.T.I.D.O.T.E

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Corgi
    Interest age: 11-14
    Reading age: 11+

    Elliot wishes his Mum was more interesting: everyone else’s parents do exciting things like work for the BBC, but his is only a secretary. But is she?

  • Noble Conflict

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Doubleday
    Interest age: 14+
    Reading age: 13+

    Kaspar is proud to be one of the Guardians - an elite peacekeeping force who protect the Alliance against the rebel Insurgency. Then he encounters young rebel Rhea.