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  • Published: 20 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241388440
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $19.99

Crossfire




The incredible new novel in iconic author Malorie Blackman's ground-breaking YA Noughts & Crosses series

Thirty-four years have passed since Sephy Hadley - a Cross - first met Callum McGregor - a Nought. Their love was forbidden, powerful - and deadly.

Life is seemingly very different now for Noughts and Crosses - including for Sephy and Callum's families. But old wounds from the past are hard to heal, and when you're playing a game as dangerous as they are, it won't be long before someone gets caught in the crossfire.

  • Published: 20 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241388440
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman has written over seventy books for children and young adults, including the Noughts & Crosses series, Thief and a science-fiction thriller, Chasing the Stars. Many of her books have also been adapted for stage and television, including a BAFTA-award-winning BBC production of Pig-Heart Boy and a Pilot Theatre stage adaptation by Sabrina Mahfouz of Noughts & Crosses. There is also a major BBC production of Noughts & Crosses, with Roc Nation (Jay-Z’s entertainment company) curating the soundtrack as executive music producer. In 2005 Malorie was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her distinguished contribution to the world of children’s books. In 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children’s literature, and between 2013 and 2015 she was the Children’s Laureate. Most recently Malorie wrote for the Doctor Who series on BBC One, and the fifth novel in her Noughts & Crosses series, Crossfire, was published by Penguin Random House Children’s in summer 2019.

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Praise for Crossfire

Crossfire is searing, political and furious. Malorie's world building is sublime and the way the Noughts & Crosses series holds a mirror up to society is unrivalled

Juno Dawson, author of Clean and Meat Market

Rich in moral and social issues, it is devastating about racial attitudes

The Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week

[Malorie Blackman] is a supremely suspenseful writer . . . [a] nail-biting drama

Daily Telegraph

The fast-paced drama will resonate with internet-era teens - and there's more to come

Daily Mail

It chillingly echoes the tempestuous taste of the world today while offering the intensity of a thriller

i newspaper

Once again, in her latest book Crossfire, Blackman captures the uncomfortably familiar zeitgeist

Stylist.co.uk

If you are a fan of YA novels, and grew up reading Malorie Blackman, her new book Crossfire is sure to incite some nostalgia

Bustle.com

Blackman is great at explosive love-hate relationships . . . [and] also has a talent for producing relatable characters, gutsy dialogue and page-turning action. Crossfire is a cracking story that fans of the series will love.

Guardian

Ingeniously flips the race issue . . . it's a brilliant inversion, with myriad tiny details that constantly illuminate the grinding effect of blind prejudice

Financial Times

This tense tale is about love, friendship, sex, power and corruption . . . Rich in moral and social issues

Sunday Times Ireland

The cliffhanger ending will leave fans desperately awaiting the next instalment

Mail on Sunday - 'Must-Read Books of the Year'

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