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Noughts & Crosses

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This multi-award-winning book has been described as a thrilling read. In 2003, it appeared on the BBCís Big Read list of the nationís 100 most popular books.All Malorie Blackmanís books have been praised for the accessible and engaging way in which they deal with complex issues such as racism and terrorism.


  • WINNER Children's Book Award 2002 (for Noughts & Crosses)
  • WINNER BAFTA (British Film and Television Award) Best drama 2004 (for Pig Heart Boy)
  • WINNER Children's Book Circle Eleanor Farjeon Award 2005


  • CURTIS, Christopher Paul: The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 (Yearling 1997) middle-class black family goes to visit grandma in Birmingham - the day her church is blown up.
  • JOHNSTON, Tony: Bone by Bone by Bone (Roaring Brook Press 2007) the dangerous friendship of a black and a white boy in Tennessee in the 40ies.
  • NAIDOO, Beverley: The Other Side of Truth (Puffin 2000) Sade and Femi escape from war-torn Nigeria and desperately try to find a new home in England.
  • SWINDELLS, Robert: Ruby Tanya (Yearling 2005) the friendship of two girls against the background of a racist group trying to close down a camp for immigrants.
  • WALLACE, Jason: Out of Shadows (Andersen 2010) Harare 1983 - Robert from England befriends the racist bully Ivan, who plans something spectacular when Mugabe comes to visit their boarding school.
  • Anita and Me (2002) the story of nine-year-old Meena, the daughter of the only Punjabi family in the Midlands' mining village of Tollington in the 60ies.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (1967) Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against a rape charge.

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