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Malorie Blackman - Author

About the Author

Children's Laureate 2013-2015

Malorie Blackman had a variety of jobs before she became a full time writer and spent many years working as a Database Manager for Reuters travelling extensively within Europe and the United States.  

After 82 rejection letters, her first novel, Not So Stupid!, was a selected title for the 1991 Feminist Book Fortnight, and Malorie participated in the first BBC TV Black Women’s Screenwriting Workshop in 1991.  She has written a number of books for young readers including the Whizziwig series, which have been dramatised successfully for children’s television.

Her dystopian novel series Noughts and Crosses has won the Children’s Book Award, and she has twice won the Young Telegraph/Gimme 5 Award (for Hacker and Thief!) – the only author to have done so. Malorie writes across a range of subjects for children and teens, addressing diverse and sensitive issues.

In her spare time, Malorie likes going to the cinema, the theatre and watching TV, enjoys playing computer and board games, and reads absolutely everything...except Westerns.
 
In the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2008 Malorie received an OBE for her contribution to children’s literature and was awarded the prestigious Eleanor Farjeon award in 2005.

Malorie was selected as the Waterstones Children's Laureate in June 2013 taking over from Julia Donaldson.  She will remain in the post for the next 2 years. The title of Children’s Laureate is awarded to an acclaimed author or illustrator in acknowledgment of their outstanding contribution to their field, and Malorie is the eighth recipient of this honour.

She lives in South London.

Featured books by Malorie Blackman

Other books by Malorie Blackman

Fangs

Fangs

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2015

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.

Robot Girl

Robot Girl

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2015

A futuristic drama full of suspense from the UK Children's Laureate 2013-2015. Claire is keen to find out what her dad has been working on in his lab. He's been really excited about it and Claire knows it must be something that will make him even more famous. But the big reveal isn't at all what she expected and now Claire has a dilemma on her hands - what do you do when your dad has created a monster...? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

Hurricane Betsey

Hurricane Betsey

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/10/2014

A hurricane is on it's way . . . And Betsey can't wait! Join her as she helps prepare for the storm, is entered into a very strange contest, and even attempts to eat a MONSTER hamburger in four fabulously funny adventures. This book is one of five collections featuring Betsey Biggalow from Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman. Beautifully illustrated by Jamie Smith, these stories are ideal for building confidence in young readers, whether reading aloud or alone.

Betsey's Birthday Surprise

Betsey's Birthday Surprise

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/2014

Join Betsey, the little girl with big ideas, as she surprises everyone on her birthday, learns to be a guard dog, moves house and even becomes a TV star in these four warm and funny adventures. This book is one of five short story collections featuring Betsey from Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman, beautifully illustrated by Jamie Smith, and ideal for building confidence in young readers.

Magic Betsey

Magic Betsey

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/2014

Betsey puts on a magic show but everyone is less than impressed with her tricks. No matter, in these four sweet and funny short stories, Betsey learns the importance of believing in yourself, that practise makes perfect, and that some magic is real . . . This book is one of five short story collections featuring Betsey Biggalow, from Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman. Beautifully illustrated by Jamie Smith, these warm and funny stories are ideal for building confidence in young readers, whether reading aloud or alone.

Betsey Biggalow is Here!

Betsey Biggalow is Here!

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2014

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.

Betsey Biggalow the Detective

Betsey Biggalow the Detective

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2014

Betsey's teddy bear has disappeared without a trace! Join Betsey the Detective as she enlists the help of Prince, the detective dog, to solve the mystery! This book is one of five short story collections featuring Betsey Biggalow from Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman. Beautifully illustrated by Jamie Smith, these warm and funny stories are ideal for building confidence in readers aged 7 and over, whether reading aloud or reading alone.

Rollercoasters Noble Conflict

Rollercoasters Noble Conflict

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2014

Years after a violent war destroyed much of the world, Kaspar has grown up in a society based on peace and harmony. But beyond the city walls, a vicious band of rebels is plotting to tear this peace apart. It is up to the Guardians - an elite peacekeeping force - to protect the city, without ever resorting to the brutal methods of their enemy. When Kaspar joins the Guardians, he has a chance encounter with a rebel named Rhea. Haunted from that moment on by strange visions and memories, he realizes he hasn't been told the truth about what he's really fighting for.

Girl Wonder and the Terrific Twins

Girl Wonder and the Terrific Twins

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2014

When Maxine has a plan, you can be sure it involves her twin brothers Anthony and Edward. You can also be sure it involves BIG TROUBLE! This title features nine fantastically funny short stories, perfect for building confidence in new readers, whether reading aloud or reading alone.

Girl Wonder's Winter Adventures

Girl Wonder's Winter Adventures

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2014

From scaring Mum at Halloween to building the biggest snowball the world's ever seen - Maxine always has a super plan and needs the help of her twin brothers, Anthony and Edward. Together the super siblings make all sorts of mischief . . . Can they fix it before Mum finds out? These seven funny short stories are perfect for building confidence in new readers, whether reading alone or reading aloud.

Girl Wonder to the Rescue

Girl Wonder to the Rescue

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2014

Birthday-present burglars, a Tooth Fairy mystery, and an abandoned puppy - no adventure is too great for Maxine, also known as Girl Wonder! This collection of seven funny short stories is perfect for building confidence in new readers, whether reading aloud or reading alone.

Snow Dog

Snow Dog

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/2014

IT'S GOING TO BE WOOF-ONDERFUL! There is nothing Nicky wants more in the world than a dog to play with. But Mum and Dad don't want a dog. Then Granddad has an idea - he and Nicky can make a dog: a snow-dome dog. Even better, he has some special clay, found at the end of a rainbow, so that the dog will be extra-special. Maybe even magic . . . Colour First Readers are perfect for new readers and include notes be reading specialist Prue Goodwin, honorary fellow of the University of Reading.

Level 4: Checkmate

Level 4: Checkmate

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2014

It is Callie Rose's sixteenth birthday and she has a bomb in her bag. Callie Rose is mixed race in a country where people are judged by their colour. Her father is dead and she hates her mother. Her Uncle Jude seems to offer her friendship and comfort - but Jude wants to punish Callie Rose's mother and use his niece in his war against society ...

Level 4: Checkmate

Level 4: Checkmate

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 20/02/2014

It is Callie Rose's sixteenth birthday and she has a bomb in her bag. Callie Rose is mixed race in a country where people are judged by their colour. Her father is dead and she hates her mother. Her Uncle Jude seems to offer her friendship and comfort - but Jude wants to punish Callie Rose's mother and use his niece in his war against society ...

I Want A Cuddle!

I Want A Cuddle!

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2014

Little Rabbit needs a cuddle - QUICK! - so she sets off through the forest to find the perfect hug. But some cuddles are too prickly and some are too tickly, so just who will give her the hug she needs? A warm story in which Little Rabbit discovers that everyone needs a cuddle at times - even little foxes! This delightful story is written by Malorie Blackman, Children's Laureate, and illustrated with delightful style by Joanne Partis.