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Double Cross: Book 4 (Noughts And Crosses) [Kindle Edition]

Malorie Blackman
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Just this once . . . Please let me get away with it just this once . . .

Tobey wants a better life - for him and his girlfriend Callie Rose. He wants nothing to do with the gangs that rule the world he lives in. But when he's offered the chance to earn some money just for making a few 'deliveries', just this once, would it hurt to say 'yes'?

One small decision can change everything . . .

The fourth novel in Malorie Blackman's powerful Noughts & Crosses sequence.

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    "Few writers can sustain a plot as well as Malorie Blackman" (Sunday Telegraph)

    "The danger of being sucked into and destroyed by this violent world is brilliantly handled by Blackman . . . Blackman hangs an old story on a modern frame with terrific resonance" (Inis)

    "Blackman gets people, especially young adults, in all their tentativeness, determination and energy. She gets humanity as a whole, too. Most of all she writes a stonking good story" (Carousel)

    "This is a highly intelligent thriller with important things to say, and once again the distance between Blackman's imagined world and present-day inner city is beautifully judged. It deserves, and will find, a wide teenage readership" (The School Librarian)

    "It fizzes with strong emotion and grips with its authenticity, a highly-skilled piece of writing by a writer with all the right instincts . . . Gutsy, spot-on and relevant . . . and shocking too. A great read" (Phil Hewitt Chichester Observer)

    Book Description

    Explosively page-turning, dramatic and full of relevance for our world today, Double Cross is Malorie Blackman's fourth novel in the award-winning Noughts and Crosses sequence.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1029 KB
    • Print Length: 452 pages
    • Publisher: RHCP Digital; 1 edition (29 Dec. 2008)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0031RS3MQ
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,861 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 FCBG 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 books for teens include Boys Don't Cry and Noble Conflict.

    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, Robot Girl, Snow Dog 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.

    Malorie Blackman was the UK Children's Laureate 2013-2015.

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    29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, Again 21 Nov. 2008
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    I have wanted there to be a further book in the Noughts and Crosses saga since I finished Checkmate. I always wanted to know for sure Callie and Toby were going to be together.

    This book picks up a few weeks after the ending of Checkmate and follows Toby and Callie through some tough times. Having had nothing from Toby's persective before, it was really interesting learning more about him and finding things about him I wouldn't have guessed from Callie's view of him in Checkmate. As with the pervious books, you are really drawn in to the characters world and feel the ups and downs with them, understanding how they end up in the bad situations they do. Most of this book is from Toby's persective as you see him stuggling to accept that he's still seen as lower class and has no money for the things he wants (like college) because of it. The effects that has on his relationship with Callie, and most importantly how he views himself at the end of it all.

    Really heartfelt, lots of twists and turns. Places you wouldn't expect it to go, yet is completely believeable. Despite being set in an alteritive world most of it is still possible, and present, in our world. Still makes you stop and think about things as the previous books have done without stopping it from being a great read. Highly recommend the whole series to anyone, teens and adults alike, as I think there is a lot that can be learned from them. Great book.
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    29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Malorie does it again! 9 Nov. 2008
    For all Malorie Blackman fans out there this certainly exceeds all expectations, a review does it no justice!
    The reader is bought on Callie and Tobeys journey one which you don't want to end, but like all things it must.
    Your left realing and trying to guess what happens next but like all good authors Blackman continuees to push boundaires and surprise the reader.
    Although beautifully finished I'm hoping this isn't the last, say it isn't so!
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    30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME SEQUAL 6 Nov. 2008
    Malorie has done it again. Double Cross has so many twists and turns in it's plot line, it's a superb read. One Note. Don't read this if you have work tomorrow, i was up til 4 am reading this...
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty immense! 29 Jan. 2009
    wow! Ive read all of this series and couldnt put any of the books down. I found them all a fantastic read. the worst part? finishing it! i thouroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone (mature enough to read it ofc).
    Malorie Blackman has proved to be a fantastic writer of truely origional, new and captivating reads. I havnt been able to put any of the books down, this one especially. Makes you laugh, and draws you into a very real world that you dont want to leave. Fantastic in my opionion. But find out for yourself!!!
    Emotional and keeps you on the edge of your seat at times! Its well worth your time if you enjoyed her other books. :)Double Cross (Noughts & Crosses)
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the others 4 Aug. 2014
    By Janie U VINE VOICE
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    This is the fourth in a trilogy of books. The author says that she completed the first three books as planned but then she was inspired to write this one as a result of increased crime on the streets.
    If you're reading this book it's likely that you will have read the other three so will know all about the family's traumatic history. However, if you've never heard of Sephy and Callie, there is plenty of history covered in the first few chapters which is also handy as a reminder if it's been a while since you read the originals.
    The series is written for a young adult audience but don't let that put you off if you are older as it has a strong fast moving plot at its core.
    Here though, the story seems to lose focus. We've moved on from Sephy's story and we've even moved on from Callie's story both of which I missed.
    Tobie is introduced at the beginning of the novel where the plot takes up immediately from the end of the last book which has given the characters no time to develop - maybe a year of so would have allowed them to grow up and given this book a clear identity rather than seeming to be just an extension of the others. Tobie is an annoying character, balancing a knowledge of everything with utter naivety. Disappointingly, he seems to be created from teenager clichés playing in a world where he is trying to get the better of some supposedly very tough gangsters.
    As ever with this author, the book is written well but there is a lot to be disappointed with. I won't read another in this series if it is written.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars It gets better and better 23 Mar. 2012
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I adore the Noughts and Crosses series, some of the best books ever written. I bought this book as soon as it came out, but I never got round to it, it's been sitting on my shelf staring at me and I've been aching to read it so I finally made myself sit down with it. And I'm glad I did.
    This story follows on from the dramatic events at the end of book 3. The only difference is that this book is only told from Tobey and Callie's point of view, and a big chunk of the book is just Tobey.
    Obviously Sephy and Meggie are featured, mentioned etc, but they do not head any of the chapters and i must admit part of me missed them, they are such well rounded and developed characters that not having them felt a bit like missing a friend. But this story is focused on Tobey and Callie Rose and so makes sense to be between the two of them.
    I love the pair's easy going humour and sarcasm and how they seem to just fit together. But they are on a rocky path.
    I devoured the beginning of the book, I couldn't look away and laughed out loud in places and then screamed aloud at a very dramatic part (scaring the other person in the room as I screamed) I did find that the second half moved a little slower, having it single point of view felt strange for this story, but did give a deeper insight to Tobey and allowed us to get to know him. He does some things that may surprise you, but I feel like his heart was in the right place and I couldn't help but like him.
    I would have liked to see Sephy more in the second half, she features in conversations with Tobey, but part of me felt like the situation was so big I would liked to have had a deeper insight to her reaction.
    However what we did have was a good story and I can appreciate everything that was put in.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic End To An Amazing Series
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    3.0 out of 5 stars The book was in excellent condition, there's no gripes there
    The book was in excellent condition, there's no gripes there! It's just a shame that the story is so flimsy by comparison with the original trilogy!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars The best series of books I have ever read!!
    I read all the books of the Noughts&Crosses series and I do not regret it. They are so inspirational and teach you how difficult life was for some people. Read more
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