Malorie Blackman has written over 50 books for children, but is best known as the highly acclaimed author of the best-selling Noughts & Crosses sequence. . The BBC has commissioned a television series based on the first novel from Mammoth Screen for transmission on BBC1. Set in a fictional universe where Crosses are the ruling class, this series of books for young adults looks at love, loyalty and prejudice over the course of 4 hard hitting novels and one novella.
Following on from their huge success, Malorie was awarded an OBE for services to children’s literature. The RSC staged an adaptation of Noughts & Crosses in 2008 and a sequel is currently in development. Malorie’s books for younger children include a range of pacey thrillers including Hacker, Antidote and Pig Heart Boy which was adapted into a BAFTA award winning series for the BBC. Her novel, Boys Don’t Cry launched in November 2010 by Random House and takes a controversial look at the issues facing a single teenage father. Noble Conflict was published in July 2013 and during Malorie’s two years as Children’s Laureate, Love Hurts, an anthology of love stories, was published in 2015 by Random House.
Malorie’s latest title Chasing the Stars, was published by Random House in April 2016 to critical acclaim.
“Chasing The Stars goes boldly where few YA titles have gone before: never before have I come across a book that’s a combination of Star Trek, 10 Things I Hate About You and a murder mystery. What’s not to like?” The Guardian
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