Double Cross

by Malorie Blackman

Part of the Noughts and Crosses Series

'new gen' - Great Fiction for Young Adults

LoveReading View on Double Cross

This thrilling new title in award-winning Malorie Blackman’s cleverly observed series, which began with Noughts and Crosses, captures the drama and potential violence of growing up – especially in a world where the Noughts are willing to use violence against the darker skinned Crosses.  Violence erupts after a bomb goes off in a hotel killing Callie Rose’s grandmother. While everyone blames a Nought terrorist, Callie Rose knows the truth and it involves her boyfriend Tobey. Malorie Blackman has a great gift for showing all sides of an issue and how individuals make their choices. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Lovereading comment:

Explosively page-turning, dramatic and full of relevance for our world today, Double Cross is Malorie Blackman's fourth novel in the award-winning Noughts and Crosses sequence.  Following in her parent’s footsteps, Callie Rose is determined to fight for equality between races and the kind of society she believes in. But violence from the past threatens to rob her of the future she craves, while her friend Tobey is thrown off the course of his life by the escalating violence of the gang culture that surrounds him. A fast paced thriller, Double Cross also takes a thoughtful look at the escalating violence of contemporary society.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E.

Double Cross Synopsis

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.

Double Cross Press Reviews

Few writers can sustain a plot as well as Malorie Blackman Sunday Telegraph

The danger of being sucked into and destroyed by this violent world is brilliantly handled by Blackman ... Blackman hangs an old story on a modern frame with terrific resonance Inis Blackman gets people, especially young adults, in all their tentativeness, determination and energy. She gets humanity as a whole, too. Most of all she writes a stonking good story Carousel

This is a highly intelligent thriller with important things to say, and once again the distance between Blackman's imagined world and present-day inner city is beautifully judged. It deserves, and will find, a wide teenage readership The School Librarian

It fizzes with strong emotion and grips with its authenticity, a highly-skilled piece of writing by a writer with all the right instincts ... Gutsy, spot-on and relevant ... and shocking too. A great read -- Phil Hewitt Chichester Observer

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ISBN: 9780141378671
Publication date: 06/04/2017
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141378671
Publication date: 6th April 2017
Author: Malorie Blackman
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 464 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction,
Categories: Romance & relationships stories (Children's / Teenage), Personal & social issues (Children's / Teenage),

About Malorie Blackman

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 ...

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