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Checkmate : Book 3

By (author) Malorie Blackman

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Can the future ever erase the past? Rose has a Cross mother and a nought father in a society where the pale-skinned noughts are treated as inferiors and those with dual heritage face a life-long battle against deep-rooted prejudices. Sephy, her mother, has told Rose virtually nothing about her father, but as Rose grows into a young adult, she unexpectedly discovers the truth about her parentage and becomes determined to find out more. But her father's family has a complicated history - one tied up with the fight for equality for the nought population. And as Rose takes her first steps away from Sephy and into this world, she finds herself drawn inexorably into more and more danger. Suddenly it's a game of very high stakes that can only have one winner ...The powerful third story in the Noughts & Crosses sequence.

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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 34mm | 340.19g
  • 07 Sep 2006
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0552551945
  • 9780552551946
  • 14,690

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Malorie Blackman is acknowledged as one of today's most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers. The novels in her Noughts & Crosses sequence have won several awards, including the Children's Book Award, and she has won many other awards for her books for the Random House list. Both Hacker and Thief! won the Young Telegraph/Gimme 5 Award - Malorie is the only author to have won this award twice - while Hacker also won the WH Smith Mind-Boggling Books Award in 1994. Her work has appeared on screen, with Pig-Heart Boy, which was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, being adapted into a BAFTA-award-winning TV serial. Malorie has also written a number of titles for younger readers. 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 was then honoured with an OBE for her services to Children's Literature.

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"Thought-provoking brilliance" The Sunday Times "Complex but beautifully crafted ... dramatic, intensely moving ... it truly ensnares the reader" Carousel "A perfect end to an important and thought-provoking trilogy" -- Sarah Harbon The Bookseller "Checkmate once again explores the lasting impact of prejudice, discrimination and the legacy of traumatic family history on the next generation in the author's brilliantly imagined world. Readers will not be dissapointed" Publishing News "There is no mistaking the genuine grassroots passion with which Checkmate, the final part of Malorie Blackman's trilogy, has been anticipated among young teen readers ... Blackman is a terrific thriller writer, driving her plots forward with skill and tenacity" -- Dinah Hall Evening Standard

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