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S2 Book Talks–Malorie Blackman – September 2019

The S2 book talk programme focuses on authors – not themes as in S1 – and begins in September with the former Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman.

Waterstones says: “Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses series was one of the foundational texts of the Young Adult literature boom and now, over a decade after Double Cross, Sephy and Callum return in a blistering new novel that finds our protagonists all grown up but the dystopian world they inhabit still casting a shadow on their relationship. A mature, intelligent addition to a seminal sequence.”

The Noughts and Crosses series is hugely popular and we now have Crossfire, the long-awaited new novel in legendary author Malorie Blackman’s ground-breaking 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.

Included in this Book talk are Malorie’s books Chasing The Stars, Noble Conflict and Boys Don’t Cry.

Super readable books by Malorie Blackman in the Barrington Stoke series are part of the book talk too and are super-popular!

We shall also be talking about the episode that Malorie wrote for Doctor Who, called Rosa and was all about real-life Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks. This episode won prize at the Visionary Honours Awards this year, with this joint-penned episode with Chris Chibnall. Rosa was honoured for making “a positive social impact”.

 “I’ve always loved Doctor Who. Getting the chance to write for this series has definitely been a dream come true,” said Blackman.

A brilliant author and brilliant books to begin our S2 Book Talk programme!