'Unforgettable' Guardian 'Stop it! You're all behaving like animals! Worse than animals - like blankers!'
Sephy is a Cross: she lives a life of privilege and power. But she's lonely, and burns with injustice at the world she sees around her. Callum is a nought: he's considered to be less than nothing - a blanker, there to serve Crosses - but he dreams of a better life. They've been friends since they were children, and they both know that's as far as it can ever go. Noughts and Crosses are fated to be bitter enemies - love is out of the question. Then - in spite of a world that is fiercely against them - these star-crossed lovers choose each other. But this is love story that will lead both of them into terrible danger . . . and which will have shocking repercussions for generations to come.
Voted as one of the UK's best-loved books, Malorie Blackman's Noughts & Crosses is a seminal piece of YA fiction; a true modern classic. 'The most original book I've ever read' Benjamin Zephaniah
Malorie Blackman has been writing fantastic books for years. Noughts & Crosses has been in publication for a while now, but was made into a film that was released in 2020. It was also a play whcih toured the UK in 2019. What I love about this book is that the tables are turned on colour equality. The white noughts are the oppressed and the blacks rule. Injustice is rife and reltionships between people of different colour dangerous. An excellent book to create discussions about racial equality and historical 'What If?' scenarios. The best bit - if they love the book, then Noughts & Crosses in the first in the series!
There are a number of teacher resources - click below to access each one. I would recommend other Malorie Blackman titles too that also explore social questions and issues. e.g. Pig-heart Boy, Hacker, Boys Don't Cry, A.N.T.I.D.O.T.E and more.
Puffin Discussion Questions
Study Guide by Gradesaver