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 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

7 thoughts on “Noughts and Crosses: Noughts and Crosses 1

  1. J. Smith J. Smith says:

    I read this recently as it was on the reading list for a course in writing for children I was sceptical as it was written many years ago and we were told to read things published in the last 6 years But wow this is phenomenal The writing style had me gripped from the beginning Blackman doesn t waste any time with fluffy stuff that s not relevant, yet she crafts her characters so cleverly, I felt like I knew them really well by the end.I didn t expect the ending either

  2. J S. Elliott J S. Elliott says:

    Arrived quickly and in good condition Very interesting book I am teaching it to my Year 7 English class They are enjoying all of the issues it brings up This is a dystopian novel The first in a series The Crosses are the powerful minority in a post apocalyptic society They have the best jobs, housing and education The Noughts are their servants They have few rights and are understandably unhappy with their lot The story centres around a forbidden relationship between a Cross girl and a Nought boy It s a complex tale and doesn t have a happy ending Well worth the read My Year 7 s love it.

  3. Doreen Doreen says:

    5 because I felt every single feeling the characters felt I was Sephy and Callum simultaneously throughout the entire book.I don t have much to write because I have too much to say If I start, I won t stop.A must read.P.s have some tissues at hand xx

  4. Shopaholic Mum Shopaholic Mum says:

    Very interesting concept Thought provoking Very good book.My 11 year old had to read this for school but it really upset him I don t think I am at all old fashioned, but sex and murder are a little teen reading I d say it is appropriate for 14 up.

  5. M Kennedy M Kennedy says:

    I read this book as I am due to start teacher training and wanted to get as many of the curriculum novels under my belt before I start.I have to say, if every youth were to read this novel, it may go some way to creating a harmonious future for this planet.At times, rather difficult to swallow, this novel analyses the futility of political and racial hatred It exposes the nonsensical values of prejudiced people and in a way that made me really think By creating a parallel world, Blackman made me, a white woman living in western society, really feel the tough emotions dealt with by peoples all over the world, past and present, who are prejudiced against because of the skin they were born in By turning the white community into the lesser ranks, the nobody s who are classed as non citizens, she made a real impact on me.The characters are believable, accessible and likeable The storyline is gripping, and covers a whole range of emotions and awkward situations, as well as exploring forbidden love and friendship.Full marks for me I am already looking forward to discussing this with a classroom of students.Don t let the teenage tag put you off, if you are an adult reader, you will still find a lot in this book to associate with, and to enjoy.

  6. D. Jeffrey D. Jeffrey says:

    This book is on my daughters KS3 reading list I decided to read it first as it s description gave me concerns over the suitability of it s contents My daughter is 12 I would say that it is an easy read as far as the vocabulary is concerned The subject matter is fairly grown up, with racism, suicide suicide attempts, a terrorist attack, hangings as capital punishment and a kidnap However, as it is written from the perspective of teenagers, it is not too detailed and sympathetically written I will be reading this with my daughter, but I expect it to lead to plenty of explanation and discussion As an adult reading this book, I found it extremely absorbing and will be reading the rest of the series.

  7. Susan Glazier Susan Glazier says:

    Although I am an older adult, since reading The Hunger Games trilogy, I have been attracted to young adult novels in the dystopian genre, which Noughts and Crosses is I really like this book overall and its descriptions of a hugely racist and unequal society are well drawn It is of course really a description of our and other societies past attitudes and racist discriminatory practices, some of which remain with us today The action is exciting and tense and the outcomes are often grim So ultimately, it is not a cheery book although there were some indications in the narrative that certain brave individuals and groups would ultimately achieve some positive change What I didn t like was the extremely short chapters and so many of them over a 100 Although constructed this way because of the author s dual voices approach, I found the particular layout unsatisfying, and it made it really difficult to find bits that I wanted to re read This was just not good for me, others might not mind it Overall, an excellent and thought provoking book and I would imagine especially good for young people.