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Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 31 March 2011.
Best selling Malorie Blackman delighted hundreds of thousands of readers with Noughts and Crosses, her thoughtful and touching story about love in a society riven by racial segregation. Here, movingly and sympathetically as ever, she writes a powerful, insightful and equally thought provoking story about a teenage boy coming to terms with his responsibilites as a young father. Her hero Dante is some of the things that the media would make out such a boy would be but he is much, much more besides and Malorie Blackman's tough and tender story will grip the hearts of all readers and make them think.
Boys Don't Cry by Malorie Blackman
This is the explosively page-turning new novel for teenagers from the author of the award-winning Noughts and Crosses sequence. You're about to receive your A-level results and then a future of university and journalism awaits. But the day they're due to arrive your old girlfriend Kendra turns up unexpectedly ...with a baby ...You assume Kendra's helping a friend, until she nips out to buy some essentials, leaving you literally holding the baby ...Malorie's dramatic new novel will keep you on the edge of your seat right to the final page.
Malorie Blackman's reputation has steadily grown and she has been awarded a number of prizes. Her novel Noughts and Crosses has won both the Children's Book Award and the Lancashire Children's Book Award 2002. She was also shortlisted for the Carnegie medal for PIG-HEART BOY. The Times recently described Malorie Blackman as 'a bit of a national treasure.'
The Nobel Prize in Literature was first awarded in 1901. Awarded to an author from any country who has, in the words from the will of Alfred Nobel, produced "in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction". The first winner was Sully Prudhomme.