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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 Crosses schools.

Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity by Noughts unable to accept the injustices any longer, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum; a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger.

©2004 Malorie Blackman (P)2004 Random House

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"An author who has worked hard not to be identified too closely with any particular genre, she has built a complex and challenging novel around an alternative version of apartheid." (The Scotsman)

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Compelling teen reading

This was my daughter`s favorite book when she was 13. I enjoyed listening to it - the actors are talented and the story moves quickly, if occasionally predictably. Some of the themes are more suited for older teens, but my kids were fine with them. I recommend this for kids 12-15.

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GREAT BOOK

This was a very extent rich book it had a few plot lines that all link at the end it starts slow stick with it IS GETS GREAT

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  • 10-22-06

Great Read

This was a good book that was excellently transposed to an audio book by using 2 readers. Highly recommended for teenagers and adults alike.

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  • Hannah
  • 03-23-08

Awesome

Never before has a book made such a powerful impression on me. This book is literally without fault and should be made compulsary reading for absolutely everyone. The ending is so moving that I cried out load and no book has ever done that to me before. Seriously it is that good, I defy anyone not to be moved by this awesome masterpiece.

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  • Minah
  • 04-14-21

Brilliant story

Thought provoking, at times shocking but beautifully written young persons novel, can equally be enjoyed by all age groups.

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  • 12-20-20

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I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. Although the story is really different from the BBC TV series. Thank you to the narrators you did a great job😊

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  • Sharon
  • 05-14-20

Brillant audio story

couldn't stop listening to it, full of tears, happiness, anger. Malorie Blackman is a brilliant author., she really draws you into the story.

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  • Sister
  • 04-22-20

Great read during Lockdown! easy to engage with

loved it! well written and thoroughly engaging! Does the film no justice. The book is far more engaging than the BBC drama.

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  • Anne
  • 03-22-20

The story was great but...

The story was great but it didn’t follow the book at all many parts were skipped of added in...

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  • Mrs. L. Lawson
  • 08-19-19

Initiate class

This was true love against all the add in a culture of class division. One of the best i read for a long time.

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  • MarkE
  • 02-17-18

Thought provoking for young people

Really enjoyed this good book that my daughter is studying at school. Lots of insight into how people end up making good and bad decisions in the face of social mores.

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  • 10-12-17

Othello Absent

Many thoughts, observations and questions to interest anyone with an open mind. On a cheeky note and given that all things in the 0X0 world are essentially the same as ours - Inversion and State brutalism notwithstanding - I bet the pejorative for Crosses makes Macbeth an 'interesting' watch.