Noughts and Crosses

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Two young people are forced to make a stand in this thought-provoking look at racism and prejudice in an alternate society.

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. In their world, Noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix. Against a background of ...
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Overview

Two young people are forced to make a stand in this thought-provoking look at racism and prejudice in an alternate society.

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. In their world, Noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix. Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum -- a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger. Can they possibly find a way to be together?

In this gripping, stimulating and totally absorbing novel, black and white are right and wrong.
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Gr 8-11-In this first volume of the series by British writer Malorie Blackman (S & S, 2005), the story opens on two childhood friends: Callum, a lower-class nought, and Sephy Hadley, a member of the privileged Crosses, England's ruling class. Noughts are white-skinned and Crosses are black. Callum's mother works for the Hadleys, and Sephy and Callum have practically grown up together. As teens, they fall deeply in love, but in this alternative English world, noughts and Crosses do not mix. As Callum and Sephy move painfully towards the sad and terrible realization that they can never be together, they struggle futilely against the forces threatening to tear them apart. While their families and friends drive the two lovers apart, Callum and Sephy's unshakeable devotion to each other remains a beacon throughout the story. Indeed, it is the only shard of light in this relentless tale of star-crossed love. Expertly read by two stage actors, Syan Blake and Paul Chequer, the story is told in brief alternating scenes. The pair deliver a gripping performance set against the backdrop of segregation, racism, and terrorism. While this is not a tragedy for the fainthearted, the production will appeal to fans of taut drama and gripping suspense.-Celeste Steward, Alameda County Library, Fremont, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405650465
  • Publisher: Chivers North America
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 8
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 1.36 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2008

    LOVE IT

    I love this book. I admit that since it was kinda slow at first I put it down, but then a week later I picked it up again. At the end of this book I cried so badly it's not even funny! Read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2007

    One of the best I've ever read!

    This is seriously one of the best books I've ever read. It is one of the few books to move me to sobs, not just tears. The sequels are fantastic as well, I recommend them. It's such a shame that they're not as big in the US as they are in the UK. An excellent read for ages 13 and up!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2010

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    My favorite series of all time!

    Although it is not the kind of book I would normally read I have to say that they are the most incredible books. Malorie Blackman writes characters so real and stories so unique that I can't help but love them!

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  • Posted March 16, 2010

    Outstanding and Incredibly Well Written Book!

    I loved this book. I was fascinated by the way the author turned our world inside out and showed the difficult topic of racism from a unique point of view. I usually stay away from romance, but this one was so well blended with many other genres I thoroughly enjoyed it anyway. I cried at two points in the book, and I rarely cry when reading books unless they're very good. I would strongly recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2008

    Dont Give Up

    This is an INCREDIBLE book. I admit, I was a little bored at first before everything started happening. I even considered putting the book down. But I'm glad I didn't. So if you're just starting, hang in there. You'll be glad you did. The end was sort of poetic in a way. The story sort of came full circle. I'd recommend this book to everyone. I think it should be required in schools, but that will never happen the book is too good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2007

    Incredible Read

    WOW!!! I got this book for Christmas from my cousins in England, and, WOW. It's addicting. I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone ages 13 or so and up. My Dad and I read it, as well as the other 3 Noughts and Crosses books, and we love each and every one of them!!! Definetely put it on your '100 Things to do Before I Die' list.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2006

    I love this book!

    This is the best book i have ever read! I was crying at the end of the book! Malorie Blackman is the greatest author. It gave me a feeling that i was Sephy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2006

    I loved this book!

    I actually saw this book in a shop on my trip to England and I picked it up. This is one of the best books I've ever read! It really makes you understand how truly terrible racism is and it was so creative how Malorie Blackman switched the two classes and made the blacks dominant over the whites. It was a really remarkable book. It was so sad at the end I was literally sobbing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2006

    Excellent book

    i love this book! it's the best book i have ever read! i thought it would be really boring but after the first 10 minutes i could'nt put it down! i was crying at the end! it was so sad!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2005

    One of the best books I've ever read!!!

    This is a very good book. Malorie Blackman has written this book splendidly. This is a book that you do not want to miss out on. If you have not already read it, be sure to read it. Hey Emma.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2005

    Wonderfully, Outstanding

    I love this book so much. It makes me put my self in the shoes of the people that were inslaved. I was hurt at the end when to people combined their ove made something without the kidnapping. I bursted out in tears the is the best book I've ever read in my life.......... Sincerelly, Amanda (Mandi)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2005

    My Favorite Book in the World!

    This was the best book in the world, Malorie Blackman has such an imagination!! If they make a movie out of this, and it doesn't interfere with the Harry Potter films, then I want to try out for Sephy! and Jessica Bodford, thank you very much for the lovely remark about reading the book in my name. I hope everyone who reads it enjoys it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2005

    :'(

    I wasn't quite sure what to think when I picked this book up. Another one of those angsty, Romeo-and-Juliet type stories? I was in for quite a surprise. The book throws us mercilessly into the raw, turbulent emotion and despair circulating around each character. And somehow, the author even makes the most painful sorrow look beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2004

    OUTSTANDING- THE #1 FAVE OF EMMA WATSON

    that's right- emma watson- THE emma watson- who plays hermione granger in the harry potter movies- has said in a gl interview that this is her all-time fave book in the entire world, and i'm greatly looking forward to reading it in her name

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2004

    *~Amazing!!!!~*

    this book was so thought provoking touching on subjects that should never be forgotten or ignored (slavery,racism,love,acceptance). not only does it make you think, you fall in love with the characters- you feel their pain, their joy, their anger- and you live, at least for awhile, in their world through their different points of view as well. you absolutely ache for everything to turn out right but even though you know that it isn't possible the end will still shock and sadden you. this is the best book i have ever read and i think it should be required reading for everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2004

    BREATHTAKING!

    this is the best book i have ever read. I could not put it down. at the end i cried and cried.WONDERFUL

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2004

    Noughts and Crosses

    This is one of the most amazing and stimulating books i have ever read,i found it physically and mentally challenging just trying to put it down! Its much more than a traditional love story,there is no guessing what happens next,its a tale of race,terrorism,love,families and includes some heart renching view points from different characters throughout the book. I would recommend this book to absolutely everybody as it's not a specific genre, and therefore i believe most people would enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2003

    Noughts and Crosses

    This is a miracle of a novel,it highlights major issues among society that are extremely important and malorie blackman's writing leaves ideas in your head long after finishing the book.

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