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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (5 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385605277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385605274
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3.2 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,601 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 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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Praise for "Noughts & Crosses":
" An incredible novel that is as heart-rending as it is provocative." --"The Bookseller"

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I'd been waiting so long to read the book, and it was well worth the wait. I read it in about 4hrs, n i cant wait for the last one in the series. The story starts with Sephy and her newborn baby Callie Rose, the book shows the struggle Sephy has to go through to do the best for her baby. It also shows what happens to Jude as he attempts to make Sephy pay for what she has done, along with every Cross he meets! The book is both like and unlike "Noughts and Crosses" in that it is set in "diary" form, but instead of it being from just two peoples points of view it is from Sephy's, Jude's, Minerva's, Meggie's(Callum's Mother) and Jasmine's(Sephy's mother). This adds an interesting twist to the story. It is a heart renching story of love, revenge, hatred and disloyalty that keeps you hooked and wanting more. The end is a suprise that I didn't even think of, like "Noughts and Crosses" this book left on a cliffhanger and a tear jerker of an ending making me cry. This is better even than "Noughts and Crosses" which i didnt think was possible! This is a "must read" for all you bookworms out there, and for all those who enjoyed Noughts and Crosses.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steph H. Barker on 8 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
Many people say that this book isn't as good as the first one, and I agree it isn't, but still, this book is a truly amazing read. This sequel concentrates more on character developement, rather then storylines and twists, but I quite enjoyed this technique. The story telling method is the same as lost time and not only varies between the main characters (Sephy and Jude), but moved onto to less important characters like Meggie and Jasmine, which is very effective at showing how they feel about Jude and Sephy.

Not only does this book show the struggle that sephy suffers as a single black woman with a mix raced baby, but it also high lights the hardship that young parents go through. I found this book just as emotional as the last, especially for Sephy, who is struggling to sort her life out after the events from the last book. I felt great sympathy for her throughout the book and felt as desperate as Meggie to help her.

Although Sephy's the main character in this book, I found Jude's character devlopement to be more interesting. I found that I was able to feel for a character I had disliked and hated through Noughts and Crosses. Jude goes through alot in this book and after all his actions the reader is left feeling disappointed that he can't change his views. This books again brings up themes of racism, prejudism and class. Malorie writes this book amazingly and somehow manages to make you love and hate Sephy and Jude at the same time. Although the book does seem to be considerably empty without Callum, but that's the way it's supposed to feel.

A definete read for anyone who enjoyed the first book and is interested to see how Sephy and Jude will cope after the loss of Callum.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Emma Louise on 11 Aug. 2004
Format: Hardcover
What can I say? Knife Edge (and of course Noughts and Crosses) are two of the best books I have read in a while. Noughts and Crosses can only be described as slightly less 'dark' that its sequel which is incredibly sinister. The plot is a rather depressing one but you cant really have a happy story when it comes to inequality of different races. It's always going to end in tears. And I must say, the ending was completely out of the blue! In this type of book, you can't really guess whats going to happen next. I can't wait for the next one!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Feb. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Like many others I was reluctant to read this as I didn't want to ruin the original, but I had to. The minute I picked it up I was engrossed. Like noughts and crosses Ms. Blakman's engaging and exciting plot kept me reading, imagine my surprise when the book ended but didn't seem to be finished! This is a fantastic sequal, as exciting as the first and I know I am desperate for the third. It is only really half a book, ending on such a cliffhanger, but I think I'll forgive Ms. Blackman, as long as the final book comes out soon! If you haven't read noughts and crosses, read it now, if you have, read knife edge!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Nov. 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is fantastic!!!! I didn't think that it would be as good as the first book as it was smaller and many carry on books are not as good, how wrong was I!!!!!! The book carries on like in the first book with people telling their personal explinations of what's going on. In the last book only 2 people did this in this book they have 4. In this one it has more action in it and has a completely different setting although still keeps you exctied all the way through. It is a great read for anyone even if you are not a great book lover!! I would highly recommened it too anyone from 12 years old to 100!!! No one keeps the suspense high as Malorie Blackman does. If you want to purchase the book i would suggest you read the 1st book (noughts and crosses) before as it won't make much sense!!! It would be a great present or even if you want to just read it yourself.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jan. 2004
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I wasn't sure I wanted to read Knife Edge. I loved Noughts and Crosses so much, I didn't want to read a sequel that wasn't an equal to the first book. But this book is just as good, if not better than the first one. I bought Knife Edge this morning and by the afternoon, I'd finished reading it. I don't see how any book this year could be better. The newspaper articles were brilliant, as were the rainbow sections. The whole thing just left me wanting the story to never end. Like Oliver, I wanted a lot more. The story covers the first year of Callie Rose's life but it's more about Sephy trying to carry on without Callum, and Jude trying everything he can to ruin Sephy's life. And the end was totally shocking. I didn't see it coming at all. Now I'm desperate to read the last one in the trilogy. It's driving me nuts that I'm going to have to wait until the next book comes out to know what happens next. Knife Edge was definitely worth the wait, but please, please - if you're reading this Miss Blackman - don't make us wait too long for the last part.
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