Noughts & Crosses
Malorie Blackman

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Narrated By: Paul Chequer, Syan Blake

Duration: 10 hours and 43 minutes

What to expect

Sephy is a Cross - a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a Nought - a 'colourless' member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood. But that's as far as it can go. Until the first steps are taken towards more social equality and a limited number of Noughts are allowed into Crosses schools... Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity by Noughts unable to accept the injustices any longer, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum - a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger...

Genre

Children's / Teenage fiction: Romance, love & relationships stories, Children's / Teenage personal & social topics: families & family issues, Children's / Teenage personal & social topics: racism & multiculturalism

Listen to a sample

Stimulating and emotionally satisfying

Financial Times

Blackman's absorbing but alarming novel deals with themes of racism and prejudice . . . Unforgettable

Independent

Packs some powerful political punches...But Blackman never compromises the story, which is dramatic, moving and brave

Guardian

A gritty read for older children . . . At times this is a beautiful love story; at other times it is a harrowing and moral tale...

Bookseller

Inter-racial teenage love has never been more painful