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'The Noughts & Crosses series are still my favourite books of all time and showed me just how amazing story-telling could be' - Stormzy
'Stop it! You're all behaving like animals! Worse than animals - like blankers!'
Sephy is a Cross: dark-skinned and beautiful, she lives a life of privilege and power. But she's lonely, and burns with injustice at the world she sees around her.
Callum is a nought: pale-skinned and poor, he's considered to be less than nothing - a blanker, there to serve Crosses - but he dreams of a better life.
They've been friends since they were children, and they both know that's as far as it can ever go. Noughts and Crosses are fated to be bitter enemies - love is out of the question.
Then - in spite of a world that is fiercely against them - these star-crossed lovers choose each other.
But this is love story that will lead both of them into terrible danger . . . and which will have shocking repercussions for generations to come.
Voted as one of the UK's best-loved books, Malorie Blackman's Noughts & Crosses is a seminal piece of YA fiction; a true modern classic.
'The most original book I've ever read' Benjamin Zephaniah
Blackman's absorbing but alarming novel deals with themes of racism and prejudice . . . Unforgettable
Stimulating and emotionally satisfying
A gritty read for older children . . . At times this is a beautiful love story; at other times it is a harrowing and moral tale...
Packs some powerful political punches...But Blackman never compromises the story, which is dramatic, moving and brave
Inter-racial teenage love has never been more painful
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