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  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: RHCP Audio; Abridged edition edition (5 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856868613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856868617
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.4 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (684 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 420,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Malorie Blackman is a fine, award-winning author whose work is always inclined to provoke debate amongst her readers, and indeed her peers. With Noughts and Crosses she surpasses expectation not only with her subject matter, but with the execution of a stimulating and provocative plot line that often leaves the reader chilled to the bone.

Sephy and Callum have been best friends since childhood, and now they are older and they realise they want more from each other. But the harsh realities of lives lived in a segregated society are beginning to take their toll: Callum is a nought--a second-class citizen in a world dominated by the Crosses--and Sephy is a Cross, and the daughter of one of the most powerful men in the country. The barriers they would have to cross to be together at first seem little more than minor obstacles to the two idealistic teenagers, but soon those barriers threaten not only their friendship but their lives.

Noughts and Crosses is written with the passion of an author who has a personal message about the perception of the past, present and future, and Blackman has used the clever device of turning preconceived ideas of racial prejudice upside down to make sure that her point is well and truly made. Deeply disturbing and totally absorbing this novel is intriguing from the outset, with a shocking climax that packs an unforgettable punch. (Age 11 and over) --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"An incredible novel that is as heart-rending as it is provocative." -"The Bookseller"

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I read this recently as it was on the reading list for a course in writing for children. I was sceptical as it was written many years ago (and we were told to read things published in the last 6 years). But wow – this is phenomenal! The writing style had me gripped from the beginning. Blackman doesn’t waste any time with fluffy stuff that’s not relevant, yet she crafts her characters so cleverly, I felt like I knew them really well by the end.
I didn’t expect the ending either…
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I thought Noughts and Crosses was an astonishing read. It’s incredibly well written and a very powerful book.

Nought and Crosses is told through a first person, dual narrative. We hear from 13 year old Sephy, who is from the ruling class. She’s a Cross. Her childhood best friend Callum is a Nought. He has become incredibly disaffected by the society he lives in. It is through these narratives that we learn about the racist society in which our characters live in and experience. Sephy and Callum are incredibly developed characters that the reader quickly can sympathise. I thought these characters seemed to be so real.

Nought and Crosses is all about racism and prejudices of all kind. It is brutally honest about how prejudice hurts both sides. It made me stop and question my own attitude towards things which I think is such a powerful thing to achieve as a writer. I don’t often find myself reflecting on my own beliefs and attitudes when I’m reading a piece of fiction, but Malorie Blackman’s writing made me do so. I think as well as being enjoyable, but heart-breaking, that it is incredibly educational and a poignant read for teenagers and adults alike.

Some of the content is incredibly graphic, so it’s not suitable for younger readers. I think if used effectively with teenagers this book could evoke some important and educational discussion and debate. I can’t wait to read the sequel.
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5* because I felt every single feeling the characters felt. I was Sephy and Callum simultaneously throughout the entire book.

I don't have much to write because I have too much to say. If I start, I won't stop.

A must read.

P.s. have some tissues at hand xx
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It really left me cold this book. I had intended to read it for a long time but I kept thinking at so many points in the book WHY are the characters so stupid? The baddies are pantomine villians lacking in moivation and the protaganists just need a slap.
It gets 2 stars because it is not totally unreadable but I will not be reading the follow up. Don't buy it. If you must read it, just borrow a copy off someone else.
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Great book especially for teenagers
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Excellent service. Would happily use again
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My son was asked to read this S his Easter homework and having read the first few pages with him i was hooked and ordered my own copy for my kindle. Brilliant from start to finish.
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One of the best books I've ever read. Amazing story and there's not one point throughout the whole book where you're bored. I'd recommend this book to anyone.
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