Noughts and Crosses

About the Book

SPECIAL NEW EDITION INCLUDING AN EYE FOR AN EYE

Callum is a nought – a second-class citizen in a world run by the ruling Crosses. . .

Sephy is a Cross, daughter of one of the most powerful men in the country. . .

In their world, noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix. And as hostility turns to violence, can Callum and Sephy possibly find a way to be together? They are determined to try.

And then the bomb explodes. . .

A gripping, stimulating and totally absorbing novel set in a world where black and white are right and wrong.

In 2003 I wrote a book called
An Eye For An Eye
as a World Book Day special edition. The story timeline occurs after
Noughts & Crosses
but before
Knife Edge
. As the book only had limited availability after the year of its publication and because both I and my publisher have had so many requests for it, the story is now included at the back of this new edition. Enjoy!

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By Malorie Blackman and published by Doubleday/Corgi Books:

The Noughts & Crosses sequence

NOUGHTS & CROSSES

KNIFE EDGE

CHECKMATE

DOUBLE CROSS

A.N.T.I.D.O.T.E.

DANGEROUS REALITY

DEAD GORGEOUS

HACKER

PIG-HEART BOY

THE DEADLY DARE MYSTERIES

THE STUFF OF NIGHTMARES

THIEF!

UNHEARD VOICES

(An anthology of short stories and poems,
collected by Malorie Blackman)

For junior readers, published by Corgi Yearling Books:

CLOUD BUSTING

OPERATION GADGETMAN
!

WHIZZIWIG and WHIZZIWIG RETURNS

For beginner readers, published by Corgi Pups/Young Corgi Books:

JACK SWEETTOOTH

SNOW DOG

SPACE RACE

THE MONSTER CRISP-GUZZLER

Audio editions available on CDs

NOUGHTS & CROSSES

KNIFE EDGE

CHECKMATE

DOUBLE CROSS

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Praise for the
Noughts & Crosses
sequence:

Noughts & Crosses

‘Packs some powerful political punches to which readers will undoubtedly respond. But Blackman never compromises the story, which is dramatic, moving and brave’
Guardian

‘A book which will linger in the mind long after it has been read and which will challenge children to think again and again about the clichés and stereotypes with which they are presented’
Observer

Knife Edge

‘Devastatingly powerful’
Guardian

‘A powerful story of race and prejudice’
Sunday Times

Checkmate

‘Another emotional hard-hitter . . . bluntly told and ingeniously constructed’
Sunday Times

‘Blackman is a terrific thriller writer, driving her plots forward with skill and tenacity’
Evening Standard

Double Cross

‘The latest book in Malorie Blackman’s
Noughts and Crosses
series, and potentially the best one yet’
Independent

‘Blackman “gets” people . . . she “gets” humanity as a whole, too. Most of all, she writes a stonking good story’
Guardian

MALORIE
BLACKMAN

Noughts & Crosses

Special new edition including An Eye for An Eye

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NOUGHTS & CROSSES including An Eye for An Eye
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NOUGHTS & CROSSES
First publication in Great Britain by Doubleday, 2001
Corgi edition published 2002
Copyright © Oneta Malorie Blackman, 2001

AN EYE FOR AN EYE
First published in Great Britain by Corgi Books specially for World Book Day 2003
Copyright © Oneta Malorie Blackman, 2003

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Contents

Cover

About the Book

About the Author

By Malorie Blackman

Praise

Noughts & Crosses

Copyright

Dedication

Author’s Note

Prologue

Three Years Later . . .

one. Sephy

two. Callum

three. Sephy

four. Callum

five. Sephy

six. Callum

seven. Sephy

eight. Callum

nine. Sephy

ten. Callum

eleven. Sephy

twelve. Callum

thirteen. Sephy

fourteen. Callum

fifteen. Sephy

The Turning

sixteen. Callum

seventeen. Sephy

eighteen. Callum

nineteen. Sephy

twenty. Callum

The Picnic

twenty-one. Sephy

twenty-two. Callum

twenty-three. Sephy

twenty-four. Callum

Breakdown

twenty-five. Sephy

twenty-six. Callum

twenty-seven. Sephy

twenty-eight. Callum

twenty-nine. Sephy

thirty. Callum

thirty-one. Sephy

thirty-two. Callum

thirty-three. Sephy

thirty-four. Callum

thirty-five. Sephy

thirty-six. Callum

thirty-seven. Sephy

thirty-eight. Callum

thirty-nine. Sephy

forty. Callum

forty-one. Sephy

forty-two. Callum

The Split

forty-three. Sephy

forty-four. Callum

forty-five. Sephy

forty-six. Callum

forty-seven. Sephy

forty-eight. Callum

forty-nine. Sephy

fifty. Callum

fifty-one. Sephy

fifty-two. Callum

fifty-three. Sephy

fifty-four. Callum

fifty-five. Sephy

fifty-six. Callum

fifty-seven. Sephy

fifty-eight. Callum

fifty-nine. Sephy

sixty. Callum

sixty-one. Sephy

sixty-two. Callum

sixty-three. Sephy

sixty-four. Callum

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