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Malorie Blackman

Born in Clapham, London on 8 February, 1962, Malorie Blackman was Children’s Laureate from 2013 to 2015 and has written various books for children and adults – including the hugely influential and popular Noughts and Crosses series (2001).

She has also written literature and drama for television, including episodes of Byker Grove. Much of Malorie’s work explores themes of racism and violence and she’s been referenced in Tinie Tempah’s Written in the Stars. Malorie received an OBE for services to children’s literature in 2009.


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Malorie Blackman Books

  • Pig Heart Boy

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: PHB2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman, well-known for her bestselling Noughts and Crosses series, has supreme storytelling skills and the brilliant and gripping Pig-Heart Boy showcases them perfectly.

    13-year-old Cameron longs to be normal but is thrust into the spotlight when a journalist writes about the pig-heart transplant he has received. This controversial book has plenty of suspense, a twisting plot and asks many questions, making it ideal for enticing readers from 11+.
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  • Noughts & Crosses

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: NOU2
    Paperback 12 years +
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    Praised by Benjamin Zephaniah and widely regarded as one of the most inspiring and influential teen series of recent years, former Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses is a book that tackles prejudice, racism, distrust and terrorism.

    Sephy and Callum have been friends since they were both very young and despite their feelings for each other indicating they want something more, that's as far as it can go...

    However, romance cannot be stopped even in a world full of anger, division and separation. Their love story ends up leading them both into terrible danger...
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  • Crossfire

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: BYYVW
    Paperback 13 years +
    Crossfire is the long-awaited new novel in legendary author Malorie Blackman's ground-breaking Noughts & Crosses series - perfect for fans of The Handmaid's Tale and The Power. 'The Noughts & Crosses series are still my favourite books of all time and showed me just how amazing story-telling could be' - Stormzy Thirty-four years have passed since Sephy Hadley - a Cross - first met Callum McGregor - a Nought. Their love was forbidden, powerful - and deadly. Life is seemingly very different now for Noughts and Crosses - including for Sephy and Callum's families. But old wounds from the past are hard to heal, and when you're playing a game as dangerous as they are, it won't be long before someone gets caught in the crossfire. Praise for Noughts & Crosses: 'The most original book I've ever read' Benjamin Zephaniah 'Blackman "gets" people . . . she "gets" humanity as a whole, too' Guardian 'Powerful' Sunday Times
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  • Cloud Busting

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: AOLYO
    Paperback 9 years +
    Despite his Mum's insistence, Sam doesn't want to be friends with Davey, he thinks Davey's a first class, grade A, top of the dung heap moron. But one day Davey saves Sam's life and a bond is formed between them. Sam is still embarrassed to be seen with Davey, but little by little he has to admit, when it's just the two of them, Davey is a lot of fun. But then something terrible happens to Davey...Told in verse, in first person, this is the touching story of an extraordinary friendship, that changes two boys lives for ever. An uplifting tale that truly sings out.
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  • Checkmate

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: AYDSA
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    Can the future ever erase the past? Rose has a Cross mother and a nought father in a society where the pale-skinned noughts are treated as inferiors and those with dual heritage face a life-long battle against deep-rooted prejudices. Sephy, her mother, has told Rose virtually nothing about her father, but as Rose grows into a young adult, she unexpectedly discovers the truth about her parentage and becomes determined to find out more. But her father's family has a complicated history - one tied up with the fight for equality for the nought population. And as Rose takes her first steps away from Sephy and into this world, she finds herself drawn inexorably into more and more danger. Suddenly it's a game of very high stakes that can only have one winner ...The powerful third story in the Noughts & Crosses sequence.
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  • Hostage

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: AEBEY
    Paperback 9 years +
    Brand new package for this gripping adventure story by top author Malorie Blackman. Blindfolded. Alone. Afraid. No idea where she is or what will happen next. The only thing Angela knows is that she's been kidnapped. Does she have the courage to escape? Will she ever see her father again? Thrilling adventure from a highly acclaimed author. Particularly suitable for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.
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  • Ellie and the Cat

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: BTPWG
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    Ellie is the rudest, most spoilt child her grandma has ever met and it's time that she learnt a lesson! So with a little bit of magic and some help from Jolly the cat, Grandma's going to make sure that Ellie changes her ways. Can Ellie work hard to prove that she can be good? Or is she destined to spend the rest of her days trapped in the body of a mean old cat? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+.
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  • A Dangerous Game

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: BQZZU
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    Sam has sickle-cell anaemia and, though things can be hard when his illness flares up, Mum and Dad seem convinced that he's never well enough to do anything fun. All he wants is the chance to have a normal life like his friends, and that includes going on an exciting school trip to the Scottish Highlands. When Mum and Dad finally agree, Sam hopes the trip can be his chance to prove how strong he is. Unfortunately, his bullies have other ideas and the trip might turn out to be more dangerous than Shaun ever imagined. A thrilling tale of adventure and a life-or-death situation. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+.
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  • Knife Edge

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: AYETF
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    WHEN TRUTH AND JUSTICE ARE NO LONGER BLACK AND WHITE ISSUES ...Sephy is a Cross, one of the privileged in a society where the ruling Crosses treat the pale-skinned noughts as inferiors. But her baby daughter has a nought father ...Jude is a Nought. Eaten up with bitterness, he blames Sephy for the terrible losses his family has suffered ...Now Jude's life rests on a knife edge. Will Sephy be forced, once again, to take sides? A razor-sharp and intensely moving novel, the second in the Noughts & Crosses sequence.
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  • Double Cross

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: AYDRX
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    Just this once ...Please let me get away with it just this once ...Tobey wants a better life - for him and his girlfriend Callie Rose. He wants nothing to do with the gangs that rule the world he lives in. But when he's offered the chance to earn some money just for making a few 'deliveries', just this once, would it hurt to say 'yes'? One small decision can change everything ...The fourth novel in Malorie Blackman's powerful Noughts & Crosses sequence.
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  • A.N.T.I.D.O.T.E.

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: AHUST
    Paperback 9 years +
    It's just your average Friday night. Then the police show up. Your mum's been caught on CCTV, breaking into a giant chemical company. They say she's working undercover for A.N.T.I.D.O.T.E, a group against animal testing - but how is that possible? She's not a spy - is she? Now she's on the run - and only you can uncover the truth. And you've got to crack a code to do it. A gripping story from the bestselling author of Noughts and Crosses, Malorie Blackman.
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  • Betsey Biggalow is Here!

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: AJWEG
    Paperback 5 years +
    Betsey Biggalow is here! She may be small but she's full of bright and shiny ideas about new trainers, winning at marbles and even helping the world! Join Betsey on four short, sun-filled adventures as she learns you don't have to be big to make a big difference. This book is one of five short story collections featuring the lively and likeable Betsey Biggalow from Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman. Beautifully illustrated by Jamie Smith, these stories are ideal for building confidence in readers aged 7 and over, whether reading aloud or reading alone.
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  • Fangs

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: AMVTN
    Paperback 5 years +
    Poor Fangs, the tarantula, is terribly lonely and bored with her life in the pet-shop. So when Nathan takes her home, she's more than excited about her new life. But before Nathan can introduce his new pet to his family, he's going to need her help to convince them that spiders aren't just creepy and crawly...They're beautiful and brave too! This funny story from the Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman, is perfect for building confidence in young readers - whether reading aloud or reading alone.
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  • Tell Me No Lies

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: APPCP
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    Gemma longs for her lost mother, taking comfort from the cuttings in her scrapbook; pictures of mothers who loved their children come what may. Mike is new to the area; a boy with a terrible secret to hide, a secret about his missing mother. Gemma and Mike are two kids hurt by their past and now inextricably linked. Their effect on each other's lives will be explosive.
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  • Noughts and Crosses

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: BJWLA
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    "Noughts and Crosses" is about a black girl called Sephy and a white boy called Callum and their friendship in a world that's divided by the colour of your skin - and how their feelings for each other grow as they grow older and grow up. As Malorie Blackman herself says: 'I wanted to turn society as we know it on its head, with new names for the major divisions, ie Noughts (the underclass) and Crosses (the majority, ruling society). I wanted to see this new world through the eyes of the main two characters, Callum (a nought) and Sephy (a Cross).'
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  • Boys Don't Cry

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: ABJJN
    Paperback 12 years +
    In "Boys Don't Cry", bestselling author Malorie Blackman explores the unchartered territory of teenage fatherhood. You're waiting for the postman - he's bringing your A level results. University, a career as a journalist - a glittering future lies ahead. But when the doorbell rings it's your old girlfriend; and she's carrying a baby. Your baby. You're happy to look after it, just for an hour or two. But then she doesn't come back - and your future suddenly looks very different. Malorie's dramatic new novel will take you on a journey from tears to laughter and back again.
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  • Unheard Voices

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: BJGFD
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    In March 1807, the British Parliament passed an Act making the trading and transportation of slaves illegal. It was many years before slavery, as it was known then, was abolished, and slavery still continues today in different ways, but it was a big step forward towards the empancipation of a people. Malorie Blackman has drawn together some of the finest of today's writers and poets to contribute to this important anthology. Their short stories and poems sit alongside first-hand accounts of slavery from freed slaves, making a fascinating and absorbing collection that remembers and commemorates one of the most brutal and long-lasting inflictions of misery that human beings have inflicted upon other human beings.
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  • My Friend's a Gris-Kwok

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: BCZSO
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    Mike had no idea that his best friend Alex was a Gris-Kwok - he can turn into any living creature he chooses. But so can Alex's naughty little sister Polly, and it's not long before Mike and Alex are dealing with a whole heap of trouble! A hilarious and thrilling read. Particularly suitable for 6-10s with reading age of 6+
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  • Jon For Short

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: AGFCE
    Paperback 7 years +
    Jon keeps waking up from a recurring bad dream to find that he is missing his arms and parts of his legs. Kept constantly sedated, as Jon's body disappears his nightmare gets worse. The nurses seem to hate him and the doctor won't answer his questions. Who is Joe? Why do they keep calling him by that name? Tense and horrifying, this story compels the reader to its chilling climax. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 14+
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  • Hacker

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: GGN3
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    MESSAGE: This is the system operator. Who is using this account? Please identify yourself . . . When Vicky's father is arrested, accused of stealing over a million pounds from the bank where he works, she is determined to prove his innocence. But how? There's only one way - to attempt to break into the bank's computer files. Even if Vicky is the best hacker in the world, will she find the real thief before they find her?
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  • Operation Gadgetman!

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: FFM3
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    Beans calls her dad 'Gadgetman' because of the weird and wonderful gadgets he comes up with - everything from exploding biscuits to Spy Kits. But when Gadgetman accidentally invents a device that could be used to steal millions of pounds, the wrong people find out and Gadgetman is kidnapped!With the help of her friends - and her special Gadgetman Spy Kit - Beans is determined to track down the kidnappers and rescue her dad. But can she find Gadgetman before he is forced to hand over the details of his invention...?
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  • Crossfire

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: BYIFH
    Hardback
    Crossfire is the long-awaited new novel in legendary author Malorie Blackman's ground-breaking Noughts & Crosses series - perfect for fans of The Handmaid's Tale and The Power. Thirty-four years have passed since Sephy Hadley - a Cross - first met Callum McGregor - a nought. Their love was forbidden, powerful - and deadly. Life is seemingly very different now for noughts and Crosses - including for Sephy and Callum's families. But old wounds from the past are hard to heal, and when you're playing a game as dangerous as they are, it won't be long before someone gets caught in the crossfire. Praise for Noughts & Crosses: 'The Noughts & Crosses series are still my favourite books of all time and showed me just how amazing story-telling could be' - Stormzy 'The most original book I've ever read' Benjamin Zephaniah 'Blackman "gets" people . . . she "gets" humanity as a whole, too' Guardian 'Powerful' Sunday Times
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  • The Monster Crisp-Guzzler

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: BDVCV
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    At her new school, Mira discovers she has a very unusual teacher - a teacher who turns into a real-life dragon when she eats crisps! This comes in very handy when the class run into trouble on a school trip to the seaside...
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  • Hostage

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: BCAES
    Paperback
    Snatched off the street, Angela is alone and terrified. She knows she's been kidnapped but will her dad pay the ransom? Or can she be brave enough to escape? A new edition of a thrilling top selling tale from a top author. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 8+
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