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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; New Ed edition (1 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440866154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440866152
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,373 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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"One of the most original and moving books of the year . . . an absolutely remarkable book" (Daily Mail)

"Inspired writing . . . it flows like melted butter and glistens as it goes . . . Blackman knows her verse forms and uses them to brilliant effect" (Guardian)

"It is funny and poignant and Blackman's use of language is wonderfully economic. This is a masterpiece of writing and a book for all ages" (TES)

"It soon develops into a cautionary tale about the way that both a friendship and a child's originality is destroyed by peer pressure. What makes it even more unusual is that it is told out of the mind of the boy who brought about the destruction. Blackman threads humour into the tragedy and (just) succeeds in giving us something to hope for" (Independent)

"Hats off to Malorie Blackman . . . Sheer poetry" (Oxford Times)

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A lyrical story, written in verse that celebrates friendship and individuality from the award-winning author of NOUGHTS AND CROSSES.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Sep 2004
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I read this because I love Malorie's books so much. And I was very surprised but not at all disappointed by this book. It's definitely a cool read for a younger age than her Noughts and Crosses books. It tells the story of Sam (the class bully) and Davey (his victim) who slowly become friends when Davey saves Sam's life. Davey shows Sam a different way of looking at the world but then something terrible happens (I'm not going to say what, 'cause I hate it when people tell me the endings of things). But what I will say is that each chapter of this book is told in a different type of verse. And very few of the chapters rhyme - but it doesn't matter because the way it's told goes with the story somehow and made me read it from start to finish in one go. I must say, Malorie Blackman is probably the most original and interesting author around at the moment. All her books are different, not like some other authors I've read who bring out the same book time after time, just changing the character names and the covers.
I hope she never stops writing.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J Field on 14 Aug 2005
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This is a lyrical story, written in verse, that celebrates friendship and individuality. Using a number of different techniques (all explained at the end of the book) it is not only a great story but also a great demonstration of the different techniques used in poetry. Each chapter of this book is told in a different type of verse
The theme of bullying is often told from the viewpoint of the victim; in this highly readable poem-novel, it is the turn of the perpetrator to tell his side of a bullying story. Surprisingly by the end of the book you understand that maybe there is not only one victim, and maybe a lot of the problems with bullying is pier pressure.
I am training to be a teacher and would recomned that every child hear's this at least once during their school life.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Andy Macpherson on 3 Mar 2006
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Bought by my youngest son because it had a cool cover! What a choice! Starting reading this book with my two boys one evening and once we got started we just could not put it down! We ended up reading it in one sitting which ended up being a very late school night, but boy was it worth it! The use of short sentences and different types of poetry throughout helped hold our attention. However it was the magical use of language and the clever way the story was put together that held our interest. Many twists and turns throughout, we never knew excactly where it was all leading to, again a great skill the author obviously has, which helps hold childrens attention - not always an easy task when it comes to kids reading! However as well as being a great read and story line, what really made it such a special book for me was the huge amount of life's lessons that were contained throughout, that were dropped in in such an interesting and thought provoking way. Such issues as not being afarid to be different from the crowd, being able to stop and appreciate the many wonderful things that surround us all every day of our lives, to issues of bullying and how those involved in bullying may actually be thinking about themselves or to how our actions and attitudes to others can have a profound affect on those who we come in contact with and on and on!
I cannot recommend this book too highly to young kids particularly when read and discussed with a parent or guardian. As mentioned in my title, i feel this book should become recommended class reading for Primary schools everywhere, its that good. I cannot wait to read other books by Malorie Blackman if they are half as good as Cloudbusting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susie l on 8 Feb 2011
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I picked this up at random and had no idea what I was in for. I
read it to my 8 year old and my 11 year old listened in. Both were
totally captivated and I ended up reading the whole book in one sitting,
whereupon my younger one said could I read it again the next night. It
deals so cleverly with the nature of bullying and cuts through right to the
heart of experience. You come away changed and humbled.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Munday on 16 Sep 2008
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`Cloud Busting' is an original and multi-faceted book that can be used to stimulate activities in so many different fields. The story sees a young boy called Sam reflecting upon a friendship that never was, with Davey, a unique and imaginative boy that was the target for class bullies. As the story progresses, the reader soon realises that Sam was actually the class bully and was a key person to push Davey away. In ode of their awkward and somewhat tragic friendship, Sam uses a poetry activity set in class to express his feelings, exploring all sorts of poetry techniques.

This book has many layers in which is can be approached and for this reason can be appreciated by a wide age range of readers. Brilliantly written, it serves as an inspiration to budding writers, but is equally invaluable for tackling school matters such as bullying and health and safety. The essence of the book could be adapted for a music lesson (rhythm and rap), art (Cloudbusting activities), PSHE (discussing bullying and health and safety), Literacy (poetry analysis), literature circles (discussion of character motives) and drama (replicating the book). In all, this book stores great potential for getting children involved in fun activities that link to the National Curriculum.
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