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Malorie Blackman
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7 Sep 2006 Noughts And Crosses (Book 3)

Can the future ever erase the past? Rose has a Cross mother and a nought father in a society where the pale-skinned noughts are treated as inferiors and those with dual heritage face a life-long battle against deep-rooted prejudices. Sephy, her mother, has told Rose virtually nothing about her father, but as Rose grows into a young adult, she unexpectedly discovers the truth about her parentage and becomes determined to find out more. But her father's family has a complicated history - one tied up with the fight for equality for the nought population. And as Rose takes her first steps away from Sephy and into this world, she finds herself drawn inexorably into more and more danger. Suddenly it's a game of very high stakes that can only have one winner . . .

The powerful third story in the Noughts & Crosses sequence.

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens; New Ed edition (7 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552551945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552551946
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Red House Children's Book Award, and she has won many other awards for her books. 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-winning TV serial. Malorie has also written a number of titles for younger readers including Cloud Busting, which won the Smarties Silver Award, The Monster Crisp Guzzler and Whizziwig. 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.

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"Thought-provoking brilliance" (The Sunday Times)

"Complex but beautifully crafted . . . dramatic, intensely moving . . . it truly ensnares the reader" (Carousel)

"A perfect end to an important and thought-provoking trilogy" (Sarah Harbon The Bookseller)

"Checkmate once again explores the lasting impact of prejudice, discrimination and the legacy of traumatic family history on the next generation in the author's brilliantly imagined world. Readers will not be dissapointed" (Publishing News)

"There is no mistaking the genuine grassroots passion with which Checkmate, the final part of Malorie Blackman's trilogy, has been anticipated among young teen readers . . . Blackman is a terrific thriller writer, driving her plots forward with skill and tenacity" (Dinah Hall Evening Standard)

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The dramatic and moving third story in the award-winning Noughts & Crosses sequence.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and memorable 13 July 2005
This third book in the fantastic "Noughts and Crosses" trilogy proves to be a tense and thought-provoking conclusion. If you have read and enjoyed the previous two novels in Malorie Blackman's much-acclaimed series, "Noughts and Crosses" and "Knife Edge", then there is absolutely no doubt that you will love "Checkmate" too. The story follows "Nought" (white) Callum and "Cross" (black) Sephy's mixed-race daughter Callie Rose as she grows up and discovers all about her disturbing past, while struggling to fit in in a severely prejudiced society. Blackman really manages to move the reader and sustain interest throughout the novel, and I for one continuously wished for racist attitudes to be wiped from the planet as I was reading this book. I was so engrossed in the story that I found myself finishing the novel within a day of purchasing it, which undoubtedly speaks for itself. As in "Noughts and Crosses" and "Knife Edge", the plot is disturbing and touching, and if you have read either of the afore-mentioned novels, you will not have discovered everything about Callum and Sephy's story until you have devoured the final page of the brilliant "Checkmate". I highly recommend this book for teenagers and adults alike.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable 21 Dec 2005
This book is one of the best I've ever read. It is the third in a fantastic trilogy, about racial prejudice. It's an emotional rollercoaster, telling the story of the childhood of Callie Rose, daughter of Persephone. Callie Rose is a sixteen-year-old girl, commonly deregarded by society because she has a white, or blanker, father. The plot is original and gripping, and the emotion is breathtaking. This book was long awaited after the impressive 'Noughts and Crosses'and 'Knife Edge' from earlier on in the series, which show Sephy and Callum (Callie's father) growing up, and showing the extent of the prejudice.
This really is an amazing book, and i don't want to say any more about it for fear of giving away some of the plot, but it's a stunning novel, and i really would advise it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars checkmate 3 Aug 2005
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What can i say? Totally amazing- unsuspected tragedy at the end proves the final touch. Could n't have been written better. An amaziong author. To start with the story seems a bit slow and tennager-esce, but it soon picks up pace and resumes the grip to which blackman continuously drives her readers. This book shows sephy struggling ot communicate with her teenage daughter, callie rose- who is confused, doesn't read people very well and is determined and stubborn-a perfect mix of sephy and callum-she also has the grounding and deep saddness that callum owned. This book shows sephy trying to move on with her life but moving away from her daughter- meanwhile jude makes his apeearance by guiding callie away from the path her mother has rightfully laid. The main storyline is a confrontation of sephy and her daughter and jasmine and jude-both which have climaxes. It is agreat end to the trilogy and couldn't have ended another way.
There are talks of checkmate being banned due to its connections with suicidal bombing-which i believe there is no cleaer written evidence of-it is uninfluencial in that way and has no reason to be discriminated against. It is an amzing and deeply knowledgeale read. Amazingly written.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book - very powerfull and gripping 27 Oct 2006
I loved this book. Couldn't put it down. After reading the first to i thought this might be disappointing but i was wrong!! It is without a doubt the best in the series. Sephy's just had Callie rose and is coping with being a mother... then she receives a letter written from callumn when he was in prison. The letter is full of hatred and disgust, after reading it sephy's life instantly falls apart. Callie rose asks her too many questions about her dad and every time sephy tells herself that she'll tell callie the truth "next time" but next time becomes to many and before long its too late...

Callie rose loves her mum but doesn't understand what's going on. Why does nana meggie look at her mum like that? Why doesn't mum ever hug her? ...slowly callie ross find out the truth about her past her mums past and her dads with a little help from jude. Jude tells her the truth - always - she trusts jude. As she gets older her and shephy grow apart. They stop talking and it's too late to mend.

Nana Jasmine tries to help but the prospect of it working is low...

Nana Meggie made a mistake; she said something hurtful and spiteful now nobody's life will be the same, and she can't seem to take it back...

Jude has appeared and without anyone knowing is talking to callie rose and trying successfully to turn her against her mother, any cross and into the l.m...

The most gripping book i've ever read. i loved it. Very powerful and simply beautifull. Malorie Blackman is one of the best authors of our time
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply moving. 20 Nov 2005
By Katy
This book is probably the best book I have ever read- and no, it is not about chess, as some people might have thought.
Sephy has always been distant towards her daughter Callie Rose, not because she doesn't like her but because she thinks she will hurt her as she thinks she hurts everyone she touches or loves.
Rose picks up on her mother's distant behavior and thinks she's like that for all the wrong reasons. The friction between them is helped by Callie's uncle Jude who is a terroist.
A brilliant uplifting sequel to Knife Edge. Be warned, it might make you cry!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book was excellent! I couldn't put it down for one second!!!! Oliver hi th story starts of so complex but at the end it comes together in an amazing thriller!
Published 1 month ago by Julia Collins
4.0 out of 5 stars Again amazingly exciting but are the characters moving on?
A quote of a review appears on the cover of the version I read saying "Another emotional hard-hitter" and it is.... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Janie U
5.0 out of 5 stars Great great book
What to say, amazing story, well written, the originality of this topic is fantastic. I cannot stop myself from reading, the book is so good :-)
Published 2 months ago by Mle Cecilia GO
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent no more words needed but seems have to write fifteen more! Just read and conclude the series of three
Published 2 months ago by silver
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!
These are some of the best written books that I have read for a long time. Malorie Blackman is a superb writer who captures the very heart of my imagination. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Trina
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Such a powerful, amazing book which is a definite must-read for anyone who loves reading and is interested in depredations and racism .
Published 2 months ago by Aroundtheworld
2.0 out of 5 stars oh dear
Disjointed and confusing, chapters switch between characters and time periods which is annoying. Mostly it's lost all the suspense and unpredictability of the first book.
Published 3 months ago by Anonymous
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This book was incredibly fascinating, the relationship between Sephy and Callie Rose going just the way I wanted it to in the end. Read more
Published 3 months ago by the little reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story line
I have enjoyed all 4 of this series. Malorie Blackman is an amazing author. It was recommended to me by a student and really glad I had the opportunity to be introduced to it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Russell
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this is my fav malorie blackman book, although i was a bit naughty, cos i did'nt read 1 or 2
;^)= i just saw 'malorie blackman' on the cover and went for it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Deborah
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