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Noughts & Crosses "...one of those games that nobody ever plays after childhood, because nobody ever wins..." Malorie Blackman Malorie Blackman - Author of the Month Noughts and Crosses, first published in 2001, explores racism through a fictional dystopia where the dark-skinned ruling class of the Crosses look down upon the white Noughts. Through the characters of Sephy and Callum, and their doomed love affair, the author addressed issues of racial prejudice in a ground-breaking way. The story continued with the sequels Knife Edge, Double Cross and finished with Checkmate. All four books in the series have now been reissued, with stunning new covers. Malorie Blackman - Noughts and Crosses Michael Rosen on Noughts & Crosses : "A book that dared to go where no one thought you could with young audiences because it raises tough stuff to do with race." Noughts & Crosses was selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.

You can follow Malorie at @malorieblackman on facebook and at www.malorieblackman.co.uk

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