Noughts & Crosses

Noughts & Crosses

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ISBN-13: 9781854599391
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 670,504
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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Noughts & Crosses 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
jayne_charles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A book for teenagers, but definitely older teenagers because some of the events are truly shocking. The story turns racism on its head, creates a world where the black population holds the upper hand in society, and white people are known, derogatorily,as 'blankers'. Whether this word, within the confines of a book, can gain the same blow-to-the-stomach impact as the N-word is doubtful, but it is clear where the author is coming from. The book highlights things that are not often appreciated (the colour of sticking plasters, the glossing over of achievements by black people in history), and the author uses her fictional world to subtly point out inequalities we may not realise are there. If I have a criticism, it's the whole 'noughts and crosses' thing: it seemed to serve no purpose other than to provide a title of the novel, and a black and white cover.
Al_Stone on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book. It grabbed my attention right from the start and didn't let go until I finished the book. Then I went out and bought the rest in the series. It's a must read. The relationship between Callum and Sephy was breathtaking. A great read.
pinkmouse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really good and exciting. I also liked the way it was set out where you got snippets of each of the main character's lives, it was good for interpretting what was happening. Very sad and the only way i would criticise it would be to say it was too simple and easy a read, i would have liked a more vivid portrayal of both characters and emotions. Overall a good read though and i look forward to reading the others in the series.
ritakhavich on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the greatest and most difficult books I ever read. I stumbled upon it accidentally but never regretted it since, going on to read the whole thought-provoking series. Blackman makes you think about your life and your world through her characters - ones you can't help but fall in love with. I highly recommend this book to everyone! (Not for young children)
lizw9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sephy Hadley, daughter of one of the most powerful politicians in the land, is a Cross. Callum McGregor, a naught, is a second class citizen in a world ruled by Crosses. The two grow up together and remain friends, even after Mrs. McGregor is unjustly fired from her job as a maid for the Hadleys.Told from the alternating viewpoints of Callum and Sephy, what¿s different about these black and white star-crossed lovers in this nameless dystopian world is that despite our mind¿s conditioned expectations, Sephy, the privileged Cross, is not white. It is Callum, the oppressed nought, who is. Wait! Let me get this straight, I would say to myself at the beginning, as images of poor, oppressed blacks and wealthy, healthy whites kept tripping up my brain. And this is precisely why the UK author's YA thriller novel works so well; she turns all our expectations, everything we thought we knew about history and the world, and turns it upside down, throwing up a mirror at our unjust world.In Noughts and Crosses, slavery has ended, but conditions for the noughts are still deplorable, something like the American South of the 1960s. Noughts and Crosses attend segregated schools and many noughts, like Callum¿s parents, cannot afford to send all their children to school. When Mrs. Hadley fires Meggie McGregor over a misunderstanding, the family is destitute. Jude, Callum¿s older brother, is taken out of school and blames the Hadleys, and all Crosses ¿ ¿daggers ¿ for the injustices he and his family are forced to endure. Callum, on the other hand, has been more fortunate, one of the few noughts to win a coveted scholarship to Sephy¿s exclusive private school.But all is not well. A mob of students demonstrates outside the school on Callum¿s first day at Heathcroft and Sephy and Callum end up on the news, with Sephy inadvertently breaking her friend¿s heart by shouting out to the crowd, ¿Stop it! You¿re all behaving like animals. Worse than animals ¿ like blankers!¿ ¿Blankers¿, of course, is Blackman¿s fictional derogatory term for whites, who are perceived as blanks, zeros, nothings, ¿a waste of space¿.Things keep going downhill for the two in this thought-provoking coming-of-age tale as Sephy insists on showing the world that she is not afraid to be friends with a nought. In so doing, not only does she make things harder for herself and Callum, but she is ostracized and beaten up in the girls¿ toilets by some older girls for being a ¿blanker lover¿. "[Noughts have] blank, white faces with not a hint of colour in them. Blank minds which can¿t hold a single original thought. That¿s why they serve us and not the other way around¿, one of the bully girls spits out.The book barely alludes to race -- and never to religion or ethnicity -- but Malorie Blackman cleverly plays with our preconceptions. For instance,noughts want to get tans so their skin can look more like the rich mahoganied complexion of Crosses. In one scene, a nought girl cuts herself and is forced to wear a brown plaster on her forehead because pink ones don't exist. Says Blackman, in an interview with The Guardian,"If you're the majority you don't necessarily see it because you don't need to see it and that's what I wanted to explore by turning the tables."The terrorist Liberation Militia seems the only way out of poverty and self-hatred to many noughts, Callum¿s father and older brother Jude among them. When a massive bomb explodes in a nearby shopping centre, Jude and Ryan McGregor are accused. Callum is expelled from school for being the son of a suspected terrorist. Jude disappears, and Ryan McGregor is killed by an electric fence, trying to escape prison. In spite of their strong bond, the unjust world adults have created is conspiring to keep Sephy and Callum apart.Upon his return from his aunt¿s house where he and his mother have been hiding out, Callum learns that Sephy has left him a letter asking him to escape the country with her. But he is too late; Sephy has left town for b
gogglemiss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a very popular book at my library, as I had to wait ages for my turn to read it, and it was well worth the wait. It's a sad story about two disintergration of two familiies who destroy themselves through racial prejudice. Callum and Stephy were the forbidden sweethearts. Each family had their deep rooted problems. Written in the first person, alternately by Callum and Sephy, this was an absorbing read and memorable.
Alex123456789 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think this book is excellent because it reminds me of the slave trade but in noughts and crosses it's the opposite way round so the crosses are in control and the noughts are second rate basically. So it give another side to realite.I think this is a 5 star rating book. AWESOME!!! :)
Patito_de_Hule More than 1 year ago
Callum McGregor and Sephy Hadley have been best friends for as long as they remember. But recently their feelings for each other have begun to develop into something...stronger. Unfortunately, Sephy is a member of the dark-skinned upper class of Cross, and Callum is a pale-skinned, low-class Nought. The teens' romantic problems intensify when Callum's family gets caught up in a terrorist liberation organization that Sephy's father (a politician) has sworn to stamp out. Sephy and Callum must learn to love each other in a tumultuous world of hatred. Does this scream out "star-crossed lover" to you? But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? (I got the same Romeo and Juliet vibe from Warm Bodies, which I just finished reading. I think it's fun when the cosmic net of connected concepts captures me.)  I've heard fantastic things about this book, but I wasn't as impressed as I thought I'd be. Maybe it's just because I wasn't in the mood to read depressing race-relations books (and they're all a bit depressing, aren't they?), but this book wasn't a slap in the face of my preconceived notions.  It was just another book about racism, much like a book written about a white girl and teenaged member of the Black Panthers. The whole skin-color switcharoo seemed like an unnecessary literary device to me. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it was a bad book...I was just expecting more amazingness, that's all. It was a tragically-sweet love story about a very important issue - racism, and the ease with which we can be swept away by other people's causes. But I think the book would have been more powerful if she'd focused on  the realism of the story instead of trying to build a new world that was simply too similar to our own to justify the effort of creation. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my fav read of all time. You fall in love with the chatacters so easily right from the start :) makes you wanna jump in the story and comfort them through their troubles. Yes i threw my book with sadness at one point but thats just how powerful this book and series is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although this book is a slow read, it was very good. It is really slow paced but once i read the ending i was so happy i read it. It made me realize how powerful love and friendship can be. The ending was sad, but it was worth the time :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was an awesome read. Other than the ending (which i won't give away), I loved the book. Malorie Blackman does a great job showing how different life could be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago