Noughts and Crosses

Noughts and Crosses

by Malorie Blackman

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780552546324
Publisher: Transworld Distribution
Publication date: 05/27/2003
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.75(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

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Noughts and Crosses 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
PrincessHeart1997 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Personally, i loved this book! :LI have been waiting fot it for over 5 months on the library list, shows how many people wanted it!Just finished reading it, it was amazing. I plot was very imaginative swapping racisium round was an awesome idea! I like how it wasn't completely focused on Callum and stephy love realtionship, but there home realtionships and there family and frieds views and action and everything i like. It also a had a hint of humor glinting though out the depressness of times.The characters are proberly some i'll remember for a very long time, the way it's written showed how diffrently they think!I didn't like the ending, well i did, good there wasn't a happy one that would be jsut so boring, but i love callum! Meanie! :L
brokenangelkisses on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The very brief chapters alternate between Sephy (a Cross) and Callum (a nought)¿s perspectives as they attempt to sustain their friendship in a racially divided community. The twist, of course, is that Sephy is black and Callum is white: Blackman rewrites history by assuming that if African-American men had intruded into Caucasian territory in the same way that Caucasians intruded into African-American territory then the injustices meted out would have been identical to our current history.The noughts in this tale have only recently been freed from slavery and are still treated as second class citizens. As Callum struggles to make something of himself in a hostile world, Sephy tries to find a way to reveal her own convictions, without hurting her friend. Reading both viewpoints allows you to realise how poisonous racism really is without feeling that you are being preached to.Written simply in first person throughout, the story is convincing but increasingly horrifying as the author also suggests the powerful effect families have on their members. The quick paced narrative successfully suggests the turmoil omnipresent in society, even though the story itself takes place over several years.
Annicnia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The best book in the trilogy. Exellent and exiting so you just can't put it down.
LibraryLou on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book that challenges our perception of racial discrimination. it is emotionally charged, and tells the story of 2 teenagers who fall in love, only they are not supposed to, and the consequences of their relationship will far outreach their own immediate family. Romeo and Juliet with a twist
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BindyandGrace More than 1 year ago
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!
janschultz More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best book i have ever read. I could not put it down. at the end i cried and cried.WONDERFUL