A Book of Love
‘Life is meaningless only if we allow it to be. Each of us has the power to give life meaning, to make out time and our bodies and our words into instruments of love and hope.’
‘Why love if losing hurts so much? We love to know that we are not alone.’
‘Radical superiority is a mere pigment of the imagination.’
Sephy is a Cross – a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a nought – a ‘colourless’ member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses.
The two have been friends since early childhood. But that’s as far as it can go. Until the first steps are taken towards more social equality and a limited number of Noughts are allowed into Cross schools… Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity by Noughts, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum – a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger…210 Reviews »
I am begging u to make a movie! It would be a total hit! U can do it malorie just like Suzzane Collins with The Hunger Games did and JK Rowling with Harry Potter! This amazing story has huge potential to be a movie! Hope it happens soon! Btw love all of your books Malorie!
plzz make a movie for noughts and crosses where callum dies and sephy has a baby.
please make a video on that.
WOW!! Malorie ur the greatest.
I love ur book and plzzz make a funniest book ever plz coz i’ve read all of ur books.
GOOD LUCK FOR THE FUTURE
I sincerely believe that all young people should read this book. I believe that it will be one of my favourite books for the whole of my lifetime, even when I’m an adult and that I’ll re-read it several times. It filled me with such a variety of emotions, the whole trilogy of books in fact made me cry, with sadness and happiness, many times and I think that you, Malorie, are so incredibly talented. Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing the Noughts & Crosses trilogy,I hope you know how wonderful all of the books are.
I’m a french girl so sorry for my english.
I very love this book and i just want to say “thank you” to the wrtiter because i think it’s important to think about racism and invert our look about racism in generaly and about segragation in USA.
I think too everybody must read this book to be more open minded.
And just one thing : i cried my eyes out at the end of the book…
great book c put it downouldnt
It is brilliant! We read this book as a class topic at school in English lessons. I was so interested and excited to read the other books in the series that I bought them with my school lunch money, and had something very little for lunch.
U need read this book , if you do not you will be seriously missing out on a lot
Awesome Book its a Must Read from me very Emotional and Visible My Mind
Christmas Day has come and gone and I’m already half-way through Checkmate! I have never felt the way I have to any other book the way I’ve felt to this series. I cried at the end of Noughts and Crosses! And I don’t cry when reading. I just feel so much for the characters and how they’re trying to shape their own lives. But I honestly don’t know how much more I can take. I might have to take a break, because I can’t stop thinking about it, these books are so emotional and have highlighted so many genres and issues in the real world that I just can’t believe a writer as good as you exists. They are the best books I’ve ever read, they’ve made me joyous, broken, and at some points utterly depressed me for days, and I always have to know the ending. Thank you Malorie, for this trilogy has honestly shaped my views and inspired me, but I really do hope that the ending for Checkmate isn’t too sad. I don’t know if I’ll be able to bear it! Keep writing forever!
Brillant , Goood job malorie
love all your books
From Ashley Smith
I read all the series in one day… This series was very emotional… After I read it I had to think about it for an hour!!!
I absolutley love this book. Its one of the best that I have ever read and every time i read it, i try and stop before the last couple of chapters because I am in tears. It is so moving and shows the good and the bad about humanity.
This book is amazing. I could not put it down, so read it in less than 24 hours. Callum is great as well, but it is so sad that the ending in both books are so similar. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.
This is amazing, wonderful and excitement. Their should be a movie of this all the noughts and crosses book; that will be great. Hope to it!!! This just show the reality how black people was being treated but in this book it is the opposite and I really enjoy reading this. It has lots of emotive language. It a GREAT book! I love it! <3 it's a marvellous book!
We read this book at school at at first i was very sceptical about it, but found it to be an amazing book with a brilliant plot and strong cliff hangers that make it hard to put the book down. The idea for the book and the history behind it is incredible. The book is a must read and i dare to say it but may also be turned into a film as it has just a good plot and story line.
I am in love with these books! The story of Sephy and Callum is so heartbreaking but enduring I can’t stop reading it even when I’m literally crying as I turn the page! I’ve never read a book that filled me with such emotion before, its truly beautiful! Absolutely amazing books and an absolutely amazing author!
Noughts and Crosses is an excellent piece of literature, I read this a year ago and I still think of the touching issues this covers from love to racism. It is brilliant! I would love it to be made into a film however it would be hard for an actress to play Callie as she would need to be portrayed by a number of actress’ as her age changes throughout the novel. I wouldn’t make the 4th book into a movie because its too different from the first three. However i thought the character of Toby was fantastic! I love you malorie!
I mean I cried at the of checkmate and was sad at the end of double cross.
It is a good book I want to read more series of it and I am reading them
Malorie is amazing and I like how you put chapters according to each character and their perspective through it , this is an amazing skill to show someone’s perspective and feeling through word which are emotional enough to reach the reader.
This book has spoilt me for other books!! I think Noughts and Crosses, Knife edge and Checkmate are the best series of books I’ve read. It is an emotional read that has left me searching for something else to read that will evoke the same level of emotion this series did. Noughts and Crosses is an amazing start to an emotional story. Highly recommended.
This book was one of the few that keeps me reading even if I am tired. But again most of Malorie Blackman’s books do that to me. They are just too good to put down.
I think noughts and crosses is amazing I’ve never read a book like it and don’t think I ever will again. I was in floods of my own tears thought out the whole book but the ending was the main heart hitter… I couldn’t believe it. Callum and sephy were so perfect but no matter what way the book was wrote Callum would die which you get in the story of Callum. I’ve read all the books and cried in everyone but loved them all too! I think a 5th book would be brilliant and maybe even a movie
I cried so much at this book! It takes very real social issues that we can all understand into a the world of Sephy and Callum…it’s so beautiful! As soon as I finished it I bought all of the others!!
I think this book is very touching,a brilliant book, with lot of sadness, but also very eventful, you’ll never get bored. But there is a reason it’s not for younger readers, it has lots of sharpness in it, but that’s one of the good things about the book, isn’t all ‘rosy posy’. it’s a hard but stunning book. It’s so edge-gripping, you’ll fly through it.
This book is amazing, really the best book I ever read ! My friend recommended it to me, I read it in less then a week and it is 400 pages. If you’re looking for a great book, noughts and crosses is just perfection !
Noughts and Crosses is the best book I’ve ever read! After I read it, I was desperate to get Knife Edge!
I love Noughts and Crosses, but why did you write it?
I like the starting of the book and the story of it but the ending is bit worrying and it’s not necessary for ending in that way I prefer different way but overall the book and use of history (little nine rock ) is pretty amazing:))) good work I like the way of thinking ))))
I totally loved it! U rock Mal!
I read all the time and have just recently finished the noughts and crosses series which has by far taken over my old favourite books I loved the series so much and am now looking for more of you books to read!
Creative writing is a skill you are born with and is then developed into a wonder that brings tears to one’s eyes and laughter when necessary. Malorie Blackman executes an author’s traits perfectly in this series.
this is an fabo book
an amazing book that shall have u on the edge of your seat from the first page!
This book is really good. It more about the world they are in and a bit of love in it but it’s still a good book for all genders.
This book is too good to not read.
Having literally just finished reading noughts and crosses I’m in awe and have never felt so touched by a book and emotionally attached to the characters! What a fantastic book I have just ordered the rest of the trilogy and cannot wait to read them. Although the ending is sad and unexpected it was definitely by far the best book I have read!!x
This is a fantastic book! I first read it in my English class, and now I am going to buy the whole series! xx
wow totes so cool
I love the book noughts and crosses it is the 1st book I am completing
I fell in love this book, not only because it was original but because I fit the character so well, I felt like I was her while I was reading the book, It captured so many of my emotion I didn’t know I had, and for an author to be able to do that, is truly magical, I pray that one day this book is turned into a film or tv show and would be my one wish to play the lead actress as I connect so much with the character, and the impact it had on me, because a book like this needed to be out, to let people step into the characters shoes and see why society is the way it was and is. Thank you malorie blackman,one of my wishes is to meet you one day and just spend an evening with you : D
Hi Jodie! So happy your a beliber! Beliber forever! Love this book to the who series is too good! Just amazing Malorie is really talented!! Keep it I really want a good movie too!
Like ive Said i would love the movie sooner rather than later !! Im a belieber and i’ve read all of justins book and The entire series is better any book ive read.. Belieber for life and i Pray for a movie pretty please all 4 films
I’ve read all the books… There unbelieveabley amazing I love them so much well i’ve finished them an i really would like a movie i would see them all! Malorie blackman has some talent… Hope theres a movie
This is the best book I have ever read.
Malorie Blackman has written many amazing books, like knife edge and Check mate. I think Malorie Blackman is a very good writer!
I enjoyed Noughts and Crosses beacuse it is very appealing. I can not wait to read cheackmate. I realy hope you make a movie of it.
Please let there be a noughts and crosses film I am desperate for one to come out! It would be the very best present ever!!!!
I have nearly finished the second book of noughts and crosses, “Knife edge”, and I abselutely love this series!!! I am really desperate for noughts and crosses to be created into a film! Seriously Malorie Blackman is the best author that has ever lived! I recomend her books to anyone that is how good they are!
When i discoverd Entre Chiens et Loups (it’s the french title and i never understood why ^^), i just was eleven and a half. My best friend offered it to me for Christmas but i never thought this book would be my preferred… and it is even today, while i’m 16 !! Noughts and Crosses and all the serie… i just can’t describe how i love it.The way of writing, the characters, the intrigue, the correctness of the feelings… it is incredible isn’t it ? And like i’m a half-blood girl like Callie, i imagine me play her role in the movie ( that we’re waiting impatiently !!!!) ’ I so much adored this serie that i made it discover to about 20 persons of my circle of acquaintances )) And i don’t even speak about Boy’s don’t cry that i read 3 or 4 years ago : it is also brillant and once again I am stunned by the correctness of the feelings !!
Malorie, we’re waiting you in France too !
(Sorry for my approximate english :p)
i love this book more than jb and thats alot I LOVE JB
BELIEBER FOR LIFE
Ive just finished Double Cross the final book in the noughts and crosses series. i would very highly reccomend Malorie Blackman to EVERYONE. This series is her best work though ive reccomomended Her to ALL my Freinds and most of my cousins and siblings too! thank you so much Malorie your simply the best. Thank you very much.
I know this novel will be a movie one day,just wait on it… Best book I’ve read in my life
I am actually in love with the noughts and crosses trilogy. Such a page turner!
I have read and reread this book several times. It is the sort of book that makes you ‘walk a mile in someone else’s shoes’ giving a little bit of an insight to how some people had to live. And that is what I love about your books! Every time I read one of your books it brings a tear to my eye.
this book is a joy to read and has such a great impact on oneself, as i have experienced and think that malorie blackman is a great writer and also hope that this need to be made into a movie
I think your book is really good and is very dramatic although I would rather prefer less chapters and you could of done 2 books say it was 50 chapters you could do it at 25 chapters, however in addition it was really a god idea to tell them about your life when you were younger! I hope you will have a good future and it will be fun!!!!!
this is a great way of I reading peoples points of views
I think only the ages of 13should read it but is up to your parents and up watch out its got some……bits out !!!!!
I love all of your books Malorie, but when I read Noughts & Crosses I was gripped and read the whole book at once. This is so powerful… love it!
I read the first book of the series in my English lesson, i then felt very different about this book.Everything seemed very interesting that when i finished reading it i was very gutted,therefore i carried on reading the books from the series and i did get very emotional through out reading them all. Such a good book, definitely the best i have ever read. Worth reading.
Your books really touched me, I felt as if Callum and Sephy were actually happening right there and then and that I was a part of the story too. I loved every decision and choice you made for each and every character. My favourite character was Callum, he is such a sweet heart to Sephy, and I truly felt saddened when Callum had to die. I read each book a few years ago and I recently have just came across them again and it brought it all back, the feelings added on with the books.
I’d LOVE to see this as a television series/movie!
Keep on writing!
ths book made me cry and I am only 11 this is the best book I have ever read it feel like im in the book its so attaching just to think about all of the racism and that is set in modern day is hear breaking
Just finished OX’s; a brilliantly scripted and emotional story of love and hate. We should all have been born colour blind so no-one ever had to experience this heart ache.
I have read many books that I love, but this by far as topped them all, iv never found a movie and book to actually make me cry, till this come along, think It ruined my life as I was gutted for days after reading the first book, but seriously, you would regret not reading this, my all time favourite story, and I don’t think anything will top it! I want a movie!!!
Noughts and Crosses is my ALL TIME favorite book! I read all the book in this series 2 years ago and I fell in love with both Callum and Sephy. I loved these books so much I am ready them all again for my free read book for my English class!
Hi malorie, I have read the series of noughts and crosses and they are truely amazing. If a 5th edition is possible PLEASE PLEASE WRITE IT! And I also think you NEED to make the whole series into a FILM SERIES. I would definately go to see it so would all my friends. Please make them into films and bring out a 5th edition to the series I truely think they would be phenomenal.
Zoe-Beth xx <3
This is an amazing book, it has to be the best book i have ever read ! it is so deep and moving i never knew a book can make me cry so much, it sticks with you, it has changed my view about life and relationships. This story will always be close to my heart. I recommend everyone to read it !
My friend recommended me to read Noughts and crosses trilogy and I am so glad that she did because you have written a book that it’s the same concept between black and white but in a reverse of your kind of imagination. Its like reading Game of thrones because you always leave us with something that we have to continue reading. Also a romance between the two leads but we all know that happy endings are not for long. Thank you for writing such a great book and as your good fan, I have question and I hope it does not offend you in any way. But have you ever thought of having it as a television show, let your fans see what’s written on the book on TV. Continue writing great books, I will be the first to read it. Many luck, your fan.
OMG this book is amazing u can’t put it down once you’ve picked it up …I have to drag my self away from it to actually go to sleep !
Loved the book from the minute i picked it up and was not able to put it down!After reading most of the malorie’s books, I am now working my way through the books in the series and loving each one, and I was thrilled to hear that Malorie Blackman was coming to our school for the SSBC awards. Please carry on writing more AMAZING books
This is an amazing book. It is the type of book you cannot put down and end up reading for hours! It makes a connection with the reader and is very touching. Read this book if you like smart books that keep you entertained throughout.
Noughts and Crosses was the best book I ever read. Not only was the love story heartbreaking but the social status, racism and modern day society add to the structure and plot of the whole book. I love this book, and the series. It is truly a work of art.
I couldn’t put these books down! They became a part of me! I imagined myself there in the book! And only an amazing writer like Malorie Blackman could do that! Please read them! You will love them!
This is a beautiful tale! And shows forbidden love between Sephy and Callum, I loved them! I read them and cried! They touched me so deeply and they changed my life forever! They really make you think about a lot! I just loved them! Amazing books! defiantly ones to read! Love Malorie Blackmans work!
I loved Noughts and Crosses!!! As soon as i finished it, i went straight onto Knife Edge and now i’m reading Checkmate. These are one of the best series i’ve ever come across and they’re so gripping and you keep asking yourself, “what happens next???” ……………………
I read the full set of books every year and have done since I was 14 (Five years ago)
Words can not comprehend how gorgeous these novels are. If they could be put onto film in a way which would reflect their true emotion I honestly would watch them whilst reading until the pages tore and the disk began to glitch. In true reflection of the fight and struggle portrayed. Amazing!
i’m not such a big reader of books, but the minute i started reading this book i got completely attached to it. Noughts and crosses is such a well written book and sometimes you even feel that your inside it watching the characters react to their every none! Excellent!!
Please make this movie I would make whole family come!
This book is so hard to put down Callum and Sephy are such unique characters Malorie has put a amazing twist at the end so the story never stops!
I don’t really read that much as I don’t have time for it and can never get into books, once I start them I can never find time to finish them but once I started reading noughts and crosses I couldn’t put it down! The first time I read it I finished it in 2 days! and I’ve read it 3 times since. It is by far the best book I’ve read and I struggle to find a book that I can get into and enjoy as much as I did with Noughts and Crosses. It became a part of my life while I was reading it and actually cried when I finished it (every time!!) I love the whole series and they are my favourite books. One thing I would love though is for them to be made into a film, they say the film is never as good as the book but I’d love to watch it through a different view and see how different the story is compared to mine. Will they be made into a film series??? I get so into these books I feel part of them now, I never want them to end! You are a fantastic writer and I love all of your books, another favourite is The Stuff Of Nightmares, I don’t like scary books but this one i have read again 3 times! Please get back to me via email, I would love it! I suspect you will be very busy but I would love to speak to you, by far my favourite writer! x
please make a movie!
This is the best book I’ve ever read. The word that I’d use to describe has definitely got to be ‘heartbreaking’. As I was reading it, it made me feel the same feelings as both Sephy and callum were feeling as Malorie described, in great detail, their emotions. The book is so powerful and the way it effects how you feel is amazing. As you read through it, you almost start to know the characters as if they were real people which is why, at the end, it leaves you feeling so shocked and empty and the way it’s written makes you want to carry on reading forever, which is always the best type of writing where it can pull you into the story. I’m now reading the second book in the noughts & crosses series (Knife Edge) which, so far, is just as amazing and intriguing as the first one, it’s already made me cry just from the first 100 pages! I look forward to reading Checkmate and Double Cross too! Thank you so much Malorie Blackman! Noughts and Crosses was utterly amazing.
Literally the best book I have ever read. It’s also the saddest book I’ve ever read. I was in tears by the end. Can’t wait to read the next one. I really think they should make this into a film.
Hi Malorie Blackman! wooooow!!! what an amazing book to read!!!! it was truly magnificent!! I have enjoyed reading it so much and I am so excited to read the next book! Your book made me imagine everything that was in the book and how divided noughts and crosses actually were. It showed me how it could relate to real life situations and I want to thank you for making this book! you have inspired me to read more and more just because of this book and how it comes to life every time I read one word! thanks a lot and I hope you like this message x I hope you get back to me x
This book is full of plots that make you want to carry on reading and never put the book down. This is probably one of the best books I have ever read and definitely the best written.
I read this book, and the following sequals over 7 years ago now and they have stuck with me ever since. I read them in one breath and would stay up nights reading it. It changed the way I looked at the world and at relationships from then on, and made me rekindle my relationship with my mother. Thank you
I remember reading this when I was 14 and falling completely in love with it. I was always meaning to pick it up and read it all over again. So after 5 years I did. I had the same reaction or at least a much greater one. This story will stay close to my heart. I never imagined a book to move me so much.
i read this book at school as a book the class read together when i was in year 6 i loved it start to end and when we finished it i cried i went home and ordered the whole boxset your one of the best authors ever i recomended this book to family and friends.
best book ever! luv this book s much!!! =)
Amazing book i Loved it !!!
I absolutely loved this book!!! just about to read ‘knife edge’ and hoping it’ll be just as good!! THANKYOU for writing it!!!! xoxox
Harry Potter was my favourite childhood series but after reading this one & ending up re-reading 5/6 times i think i’ve found a new one or at the very least a tough competetor! Thanks for writing these
I cried, I laughed, I smiled and I found myself questioning the world around me.
This book was so touching and thought-provoking. At the end of the book I cried. It was so sad! This alone proves how good you are at writing Malorie! I love your work and, after reading ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ and the rest of this series, I have realised how clever you are, taking hard topics to discuss and turing them into AMAZING reads. I believed every word you said and every character you included! Thanks so much Malorie!!! Definitely recomend to anyone who asked!!!!!!!!!!! L :)
<3 the book so much <3 wish it was mine:) <3
what a book i love it
The best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!$$$$$$$
The best book I have ever read!!!!!
noughts and crosses was amazing it was full of suspsense and i loved it!
I just finished your first book and it LITERALLY brought me to tears. This is my new favorite book and I’m so happy that this is a series so I can read more.
so yh you should make a movie about this book coz every one at my school is taking about it after i told them what it was all about
i finished reading this book and
its amazing and the thing is I’m only 11 and i never read books i normal just look at the pictures but my mum bought me this for christmas and i thought great she bought me a book.
but as soon as i read the 1st page i went WOW i couldn’t get my eyes of the book and i wear glasses and when i ever i read too much i get sleepy but this book kept me up all night and day and then if i didn’t finish reading the chapter then i would have a dream bout what might happen next
An amazing series and I am ow on book 2 , Knife Edge!! One of the best series I have read – So Suspenseful!!
The noughts and crosses series is the best series I’ve ever read each book makes me want to read more and more.
My fav character has to be Jude. I dont really know why. I like the way he is so determined and angry at everyone.
I love to rea his lifelaws. There ausome. I am SO DETERMINED to get Noughts and Crosses into a film. It is my number 1 dream. So…yeah.
Malorie your are a LEGEND!!!!words cant describe how amazing your this book is.i shook with mingled devastation and awe!I LOVED IT TEARS STAINED THE PAGES OF MY COPY OF NOUGHTS AND CROSSES!
you re one in a million!
love your biggest fan ever!
OMG I cried for 2 Days!!!!
Malorie you are AMAZING!! I finished Knife Edge today and I was in a maths class and I was crying and the teacher thought I was crazy!! Have just bought Checkmate and Double cross! Please make nought and crosses a movie I love the books soooo much!!!!!!
Omg! I almost cried at the end, malorie Blackman you just get what young people want to read! With a twist in the story just made it ten times better I love it! Bout to read the second book in the series and I can’t wait! It’s kind of like to kill a mockingbird but for teens! I agree you should bring out a movie I would defiantly go and see it
I’ve recommend it to everyone I know!!
One of the best books ever!!I absoloutly loved it but then end was so sad :’( I’m in the middle of Knife edge which is the next book in the series.
If this book was a film it could be the next Harry Potter and sell thousands! Could anyone suggest a director if I were to write to him/her!!!!!!!!!!
If I were to write a letter to a director asking them to make it into a film, which director would you like and could you as well as me contact them!! I am and others are to make this book into a film
I just finished Noughts and Crosses and i loved it! But the end was heart wrenching! In agreement with other comments, this book would make a fab film!
The first link to this book on the Waterstones website is through children’s, which is mad! OK for some children (like me!) but could be really inappropriate for others.
Could you please make it into a movie!!!!!!!!!!!1
I am a bit confused about the order of the series though???
malorie, I am on my knees for you to make a movie out of noughhts and crosses! It is a wonderful book and night that I finished reading it, I sobbed like never before!
Please, Please, Please make noughts and crosses a movie, it would be the bestist movie in the world!!!!!
Hi Malorie my name is Priscilla. Am a Nigerian. Wen i first picked up Noughtz n Crosses i culd nt put d book down until i read it up 2 Checkmate wen Sephy gave birth 2 Callum’s daughter.
I Love your bookz Malorie. Plz dnt stop writin contd plz ur bookz r vry interest.
I’m 13 and i got Knife Edge first , which was a mistake but no worries , this book is one of the best books ever written , Malorie Blackman really understands life , and feelings , and writes a bloody good story about prejudice and racism .. but, in reverse , which i like as it adds a twist to it , i just want to thanks Malorie for writing such a good , touching , and true to life story , will buy Checkmate ASAP and after that Double Cross , Seán Óg
I first bought this book because it was a £2.99 book and i thought it wouldn’t be very good (no offence) but when i started to read the first few pages i couldn’t put it down i once stayed up all night and read Noughts and Crosses and Knifes Edge. I had told many of my friends this story and the have now brought this book and have read it and recommened it to many of thier friends. This series has been a great success so far and it would be a disappointment to stop now. I strongly belive that you (Malorie) should keep writing these books as they in themselves have insipred me truely and very deelpy. This 1st book had made me ead all of them and i cant wait to read Callum. I hope that this book will be a success and hopefully the beggining for what is about to come.
I love your books and hopefully you are insired to write more.
I loved this book it gave me so many new emotions I love reading and honestly thought Callum would get off like Ryan I cried and recommended to everyone I lent it to someone but I want the book back. It has inspired me in a way only Sephy can as she fights for justice. Jude was a good character but this book alone gave me everything a book needs!
Hi, I read the whole saga a two years ago and I still think about it. The style isn’t perfect, but the story is compelling, the idea behind it to simply exchange places is brilliant. I really wanted to know if their was ever going to be a movie made out of the first book at least. It would make a perfect scenario and I’m sure the audience would be interested, so did you get propositions? Did you refuse to sell the rights? Are you afraid they might misrepresent your work?
I’m working at the PC on a Saturday afternoon with Radio 4 on in the background. I’d never listened to a play or novel on the radio before and thought listening to this would be great company while I worked. I am so happy that it was your book Malorie. I really enjoyed processing as the novel went on, asking myself what the dynamics were in this story – is the ruling class black or white? Then I figured it out – I’m not that quick at times! Such a good story and great characters. Malorie you’ve inspired me to book my place on a creative writing course – I’ve been procrastinating for years! Thank you.
We’re doing this at school and I have the eBook of it. It is awesome!
Hello, I’m Brazilian and I really don’t know if Malorie gonna read it, but i want to write it to her, to say to her how powerful her book is, and how i feel when i finished noughts and crosses. First, my English is not good but i’m gonna try to get it easy. Well, a cried a lot e start to think in the world, in my country, in how people doesn’t really care about nothing. I just want to say that Noughts and Crosses is amazing, really good and now i’m addicted in Malorie books.
An excellent book. I remember reading the first edition of it 2001. An amazing story and an amazing series
Wow Love this play! Malorie Please visit the BRIT school again!! We are doing this play as our performance in February and I am Jasmine Hadley!
This book is my favourite (joint with pig heart boy)!!!!! You are such an amazing author! Even though I started reading your books when I was in Year 4 I still hooked on them in Year 6. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make the noughts and crosses series into flims. It would be so wicked!!!!!!
I really enjoyed this book. One of the best books I have ever read. When I usually start reading a book I don’t finish it till like weeks, but I just couldn’t put this book down. I loved the relationship between the characters Callum and Sephy, and how it got stronger as the story progressed. The ending was so sad and really touching. I think that Malorie Blackman is a great Author. Amazing book!
honestly speaking i HATE reading unless i have to read a book for college assignments, however one of my friends told me about knots and crosses and i thought might aswell give it a go. i was amazed and so was my mum ; once i started reading the book i couldnt stop, i even left my assignments for 2days to read your book and on the entire bus journey to and from college i read knots and crosses, i think it is a fabulous book and as i just finished reading knots and crosses i have already asked for knife edge and checkmate from my local libary ! fabulous
It was very emotional and had lots of suspense,it didn’t need the sequels though.
i think your books are very emotional and im hopeing you bring out anonther because i have lost my self in the world of Noughts and Crosses.
A very emotional book. A great start to a great series!
I enjoyed this novel very much!
Really packed an emotional punch!
Just finished reading Noughts&Crosses for the umpteenth time, and I had a little bit of an emotional breakdown at the end of it… Again. I can HONESTLY say, never have I read a book more than once and been so engrossed in it every time I read it! It’s wierd, cause it’s like I’m there watching it all happen, which makes it even harder to deal with cause there’s nothing I can do about all the sad bits. If it was made into a movie, I’d definately go and see it, but I don’t think anyone would be able to pull it off. I can’t think of any actors that would be able to do justice to the characters in the this book… Especially Callum’s character. So maybe it is better to leave it as a novel? Overall, the book’s a classic! I think it’s something that I’m going to keep going back to for a while. And I don’t mean to ruin the impact the book is suppose to have on the reader, but I’m always going to be thinking of an alternative ending to the story. I mean, come on, how do you kill off the main character just like that?! lol. It’s great as it is though.
This is the most amazing book i have ever read. Cant wait to read all of the best book and writer ever.
Noughts & Crosses is probably the most amazing book I have ever read. Before I’d read it, I was too concentrated on the authors I knew, and would refuse to explore new books. My mum said I should try some new books, so we went to Waterstone’s. I chose several books, one of which was Noughts & Crosses (the edition with An Eye For An Eye at the back). I had already heard of it, and some of my friends had read it and told me they all adored it. We bought the books and read the others first, wanting to save the best ’til last. This book is unputdownable! I found it incredibly strong and it was really tearing my heart out of me. It never failed to bring tears to my eyes whenever I was reading it, which to me is very important while reading a book. So emotional, yet absorbing, stunning and dramatic. I have succeeded in pleading my mum to buy me the rest of the series as soon as she can and I hope to read Knife’s Edge very soon as well as all the following books in the series! And I can’t help hoping that there will be more after Double Cross!
Malorie Blackman, you are my absolute inspiration. Ive read the series of Noughts and Crosses over 20 times each, they are my favourite books of all time. Everytime i read them I understand them more and more and never fail to cry. I love how deeply emotive they are and always get me thinking. Another one of my favourite’s is Pig-Heart Boy, this also had me in tears but also a very good ending. From your biggest fan, Mia Underwood, age 14.
Don’t make it into a movie it will never live up to the standards of the book!
I didn’t read this book I lived every part of it and from the second I picked it up I never put I down once I told a friend at school and by the end of the week the whole school was reading it x
I taught the simplified Penguin edition of Noughts and Crosses in an ESL class this spring. Many of the students were moved to tears by the book, and most expressed a desire to continue reading the series. Thanks.
I like reading, & I admit when a libarian first recommended Noughts & Crosses, I judged a book by it’s cover. Malorie I don’t even know how you could write something so powerful! Amazing, no incredible is an understatement. I felt like I was living every.single.part. I felt Sephy & Callum’s pain and their love.I cried and I laughed, & I honestly COULD NOT STOP READING. I’m 14, and I have a lifetime to discover new books but Noughts & Crosses will FOREVER be my absolute, hands down favourite! But…did Callum have to die?! Can’t you go all paranormal & raise him from the dead or something! Ok, seriously though…your spin on race was so unique and I am mixed race so I could say I’m a nought&Cross..a Nouross! Malorie, just keep writing PLEASE, and I pray to God you make a movie out of this.
This was a good book, i enjoyed reading it and i even shed some tears… but i was disappointed. i don’t mean to be the damper but i didn’t find this book convincing. i didn’t get a sense of the culture of the noughts and with every book about black people post slavery there is always the culture, music , singing, dancing, the extended family life and a way of life which has penetrated the boundaries of all other cultures. i felt like i was being told that the western culture was the superior way of life with none to rival it. The book was a mono cultural book. Yes the Crosses were black on the outside but….. and if the noughts were meant to be the representation of black people then where was that sense of self and culture.
i don’t mean to seem sour.
It is still a very very good book well worded and lovely writing.
this book is really good and i am making a storyboard for it! The relationships and emotions are amazing, i cried so hard at times and at others i was thinking about the separations. i don’t think i will be reading as good a book as this in a while. I am checking out your other books too so i will comment on them if you like. LOVE the books, keep writing!!
I loved noughts and crosses and it is my favourite book ever! Even if i did cry at the end of all 4 books.
This book is just… well its so amazing that i’m spechless and no author has ever done that to me before! The story line is powerful and has strong messages and emotions. This is a memorable story and hopefully it will be turned into a a film!
It really does linger in your mind after its been read; i’m sure you have heard this millions of times before but its totally true: you are a truly amazing author malorie and by far my favourite! x
I absolutely love this book! The accounts by Sephy and Callum are so vivid, and have really strong messages. This story has stayed with me and I can’t wait to start Knife Edge. x
normally I’m not that into reading- sure I do read books, but none of them really affect me like your trilogy did! I feel very strongly about segregation and victimisation etc. it really gets to me sometimes.. You probably get this all the time but you are fantastic writer!! x I am coming to the Edinburgh book festival so I thought since you were going that I would read your trilogy and I’m soo glad that I did! x I must say that the books were very different to anything I have read before. I loved them I’m half way through ‘Double Cross’ the now & I must say that it has surprised me alot throughout the book so far. I hope that the next books of yours are just as good because I do intend to read them asap!! x
I have read the noughts and crosses books a gazillion times now, and each time I am completely taken in by the story and I end up sitting on the sofa all day just reading and reading.
Malorie, your books are absolutely amazing and have such good story lines and they feel like they are real life and actually happening to me.
The relationship between Callum and Sephy is heartbreaking but so romantic, I would love to see a fifth book come out some time!
In the future my ambition is to break into the film industry, it would be my absolute dream to work on the making of this film if you ever decided to make it into a film, it has really inspired me to keep going to achieve this dream!
I read these books as a teenager and found it hard to to put any the books down, characters became real and the story lines were gripping.
I’m a budding script writer and would one day love to see the books progress into maybe a film. I one day hope to be able to write as amazingly as this!
Am halfway through Noughts and Crosses and I haven’t been able to put it down. I can’t wait to read the rest in the series because I love it so much! Once again Malorie has me hooked.
Love this book, I love how the friendship between Sephy and Callum; the way it turnes into something more and the battles agenst life they have to go through Ive read all four of the books like 5 million times my mother is going insane with me over it I sort of feel sorry for jude though because I know he has done bad things but thats only because of the hurt and loss of his father, sister and then his beloved brother and I gess you can understand his pain anyway loved the book I hope there is going to be a fifth book brought out xx
this book is amazing. the story line is phonomol. the story line actually had me in tears. it was like it wasnt a story and it was real life, as if it was happening to me. i love reading and this is by far one of my favourite. xx
I loved this book! It was so realistic! I loved the whole story behind it, and you fell in love with characters so quickly! It isn’t like other love stories where you can guess what’s going to happen next. I couldn’t put it down! All my friends at school enjoyed it a lot too! xxx
malorie fantastic and soo heartbreaking your books are the best, i have found a writer who i can read with all of your books are great i am now reading knife edge cant put the book down !
I adore your books. I came across Noughts & Crosses by accident in the public library and I refused to read any other books until I read the whole series I love and Admire the courage Sephy has. She never let the racism ever really get to her. Callie Rose is such a pretty name, I LOVE it I admire your writing and I would just like to thank you for the pleasure you gave me by writing these wonderful books. xx
Could you say Jude is jealous of Callum because of what he and Sephy has, and why is Jude still angry although he has black inside him. Thanx xxx
What inspiered you so much to make you wrote the book..?? i think it is a great book….xx
how many copies have you sold?
how many copies have you sold
what made you write tis book and why did you decide to change the ways of the races?
P.S this book is the best bok i have ever read.. xxx
Hey, I have read this book at school and was not able to put it down, i am currently reading knife edge and i was wonderin if you could answer a question for me….. Why does jude have such anger problems… and why does he blame sephy for all his family losses??? Thanks Lauren..xx
Yeah I think you shpuld make your books into movies because when you have read your books you suddenly fust attached and you never want to put any of the book down i love th relashionship between sephy and callum and at the end of the book i think sephy did the right thing by keeping her child yes this book was brill xx your the best
Hi Malorie, I saw on Amazon a new book cover for Noughts and Crosses. Its now spelt Naughts and Crosses. Did you spell it wrong the first time or something?
If i dont read this book for an hour every night i have to visit the kitchen to eat a cheese sandwhich, it’s horrible! I’m addicted to the horrific story of racism and discrimination. It changed my life forever, thankyou so much Malorie for this incredible example of how bad the world can be.
this book i changed my life i dont know how i lived without it. i cried for weeks at the ending and i wouldnt leave my house. when i was reading it i didnt sleep for weeks because i wanted to read
Malorie, this is for you, I simply love you! This series is AMAZING! You are an inspiration to us all and I am not going to sleep until I shout your name from the rooftops! Everybody should know you as you are amazing! I LOVE YOU!
This book is the highlight of my life. I have never read anything so moving. Thankyou! For some of the best times of my life!
This book was amazing but which country was it set in?
This is the best book of them all, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them and couldn’t put any of them down. A movie of this would be brilliant! This is the best book i have ever read by far! <3
I love this book we are reading it in school and we are also reading the script and wow it is amazing i love it so much
hi i have read all the books i am reading boys dont cry and it is really good noughts and crosses just made me want to cry hard! i want to watch the series where do i watch it?
hi, i have read all of the books in this series, and i just wanted to say how amazing i found them all i felt very attached to the story and the characters. i started when i was 15 and im now 20 and still come back to the blog to see if theres any more or any info on them. i was dissapointed that i did not get to see the theatre show, and i wanted to know if you have considered a film i think it would go so far and touch the hearts of many people as it did me.
I am half way through, up to the explosion at the supermarket. Loving it!! One of the best books I’ve ever read !! =)
i love this book. it is amazing i read the book in one day, because i love the story !
BEST BOOK ON THE PLANET! Enough said and I must be much older than the intended target audience.
im ur biggest fan!! and can there please please please b a noughts and crosses movie??
i luv the books soo much!
is soooooo agree!!
i really really want 2 see a noughts and crosses movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i luv noughts and crosses soo much!!
so im asking all the noughts and crosses fans to agree with with my idea……..there should be noughts and crosses movie!!
So romantic, praying this gets recognized and is asked to do a TV series ! So looking forward to reading Knife Edge and Checkmate !! Malorie Blackman is a GENIUS !
What can I say! This book is seriously special and has given me so much inspiration! It has helped me to write a song for my GCSE Music Composition!!! When I finished the book I rushed to the store and bought Knife Edge and I am now excited to read Checkmate as I have just purchased it! All this in only 2 weeks!!!!!
this book is amazing. it actually makes you feel as if its real and you really empathize with the characters. the ending is extremely upsetting, and i cant wait to read knife edge. i feel so deeply for sephy and callums’ relationship and how they were never together.
I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR THAT THIS IS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER-EVER- EVER READ!!! Its amazing plot and its exiting descriptions of Callum’s and Sephy’s life made me practically bury myself in a book! XD
I’m so thankful and grateful to Malorie Blackman for writing this book! She’s a real genius… It was her wonderful idea to show how WRONG is RACISM and how CRUEL can be our SOCIETY.
This book is well worth reading! I’m happy that even living in Russia I could read it.
I love how you wrote this book it is well paced and I just love the plot. Tension was created well and I was instantly hooked! The book teaches us about discrimmination too. Can’t wait to read the next book ^^
This i a wonderful book. i want to be an author you are my idol. this series should be made into a movie!
I have a little question, why this great book hasnt arrived to Venezuela?
When we find out that Mr Jason is mixed race, why does he deny it. Is he ashamed, angry or shocked that his secret is out?
I’ve read the first book in the series and thoroughly enjoyed it but i’ve been wondering whether Jed, Lynette’s ex-boyfriend was Kamal Hadley’s illegitimate child.
*I’m from Brazil
My mother grandparents came from Barbados. Their surname were Wosley Garfield Blackman and Adriana Beckles Blackman.My mother’s name is Antoinette Oliveira Blackman.
Cool isn’t it?
i love this book. is the best ever. i cried so so much in the end, poor Callum and Sephy. but i love this book. and yes my last name is blackman too but i lesve in brazil
i started reading the noughts and crosses series when i was 12 and bought double cross as soon as it came out. i have just finished double cross a few days ago and i thought it was amazing!!!
i thought these books were so moving and sad and they really made you stop and think about what the whole story was about.
i thought all four books were brilliant but i think the one i loved the most was checkmate.
i really hope there will be a film of the series cuz i would definately go and watch it!!!!
thank you so much malorie for four amazing books!!
thank u sooooo much for writing this series malorie!!!!!
i have read noughts and crosses and also knife edge and i am just about to start checkmate.
i loved these books because it really made you think about how your skin colour can depend on your life.
i would love these books to be made into a film and im sure they would bec really successful!!!
I cried so many times in this book. ex. when Callum was running and didnt make it and when he got hanged!
I LOVE U CALLUM!!
BEST BOOK EVER- you should wright more on the series like if Sephy actually got the abortion (or her and callum ran away in time for abortion)
or if Callum actually made it!
I’ve heard somewhere that they are making Noughts and Crosses into a film? Does anyone know if it’s true or not, becuase I would pay good money to see that!
Haii. (: How Are Yew Miss. Malorie? So Far, iFinished Reading All O&X Series And It Was Awesome! xD. iGot CRAZY Bout It… iLove It! iThink Yew Should Continue Writing Books For Dis Series<3 (:
Heyloo(: I. Love. The. Noughts. And. Crosses. Series. This book is my fave of the series… I think my faves characters are… Callum, Sephy, Callie Rose and Jude o_o’’ So far I read all the books, French version… I live in the French part of Canada, so yeah o.o’’ I’m looking for them in English Anyways… I don’t like Sephy with Nathan or Sonny, or anybody else that’s not Callum… Why ? I don’t know ._. But please Malorie… I meant Miss. Malorie .-. Can U write a 5th book of the series ? PLEASEEEE ): I<3 it so badly !!! The 1st of the series is so sad :’o Thought… The only time I kinda cried it was when I read the Linnie’s letter ): It was sad :L
This is the BEST book EVER<3 I love it so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so (etc…) much Anyways… Love it ! But I don't like the end, it's darn sad… Like, I miss Callum :'(
Thanks to this book i’ve started 2 give reading a chance. This was the best book i have ever read
I read the German translation, but I want to read this novels in English, too. I love the series!
I loved the noughts and crosses series. They are some of my favourite books I have ever read.
this is one of my most favorite books ever…
I loved this book!!
We had to read it for school.
I loved this book all the social issuses make it come true…
I haven’t read this book before but it looks really good from the preview, It makes you feel like your in a real life situation…