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Publication Date: 6 Feb 2020
Subject: Older teen novels
Suitable for: Secondary (Year 10, Year 11)
AR: 4.0 UY
|Paperback||6 Apr 2017||
Noughts & Crosses
A teen boy and girl from opposing factions in society take on the system and try to change it.
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.
Against a background of prejudice, distrust and mounting terrorist violence, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum - a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger...
NOTE : Racism is the central theme; other issues including murder, violence, pregnancy and abortion either happen or are discussed.
NOTE : The author's note at the back of the book states 'The African-American scientists, inventors and pioneers mentioned in chapter 30 are real people and their achievements are very real.
NOTE : Winner of the Red House Children's Book Award for older readers and overall winner 2002.
NOTE: A major new TV series is in development with the BBC in conjunction with Roc Nation (Jay-Z's music label) who will produce the soundtrack
The TV tie-in edition features an exclusive Q&A with Paterson Joseph, who will play Kamal.
Racism is the central theme; other issues including murder, violence, pregnancy and abortion either happen or are discussed.