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Malorie Blackman, Noughts and Crosses, Knife Edge, Checkmate

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Feb. 3rd, 2007 | 08:16 pm

Malorie Blackman, Noughts and Crosses, Knife Edge, Checkmate

Trilogy of children's novels which posits a society in which Noughts (all white) are second-class citizens to Crosses (all black). The narrative concerns the relationship between a Nought boy, Callum, and a Cross girl, Sephy. It's a very good idea - unfortunately it's not a well-executed idea. Flimsy, cardboard characters, OTT action. I remember a series of novels that I read when I was pretty young (certainly younger than YA, which I think they were aimed at), about a cross-religion relationship in Northern Ireland, concerning two characters called Kevin and Sadie, and I recall them being a great deal better.

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Altariel

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from: altariel
date: Feb. 5th, 2007 10:50 am (UTC)
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Poking around Amazon, I think there may have been five Kevin and Sadie novels altogether: Across the Barricades, The Twelfth Day of July, Into Exile, A Proper Place, and Hostage to Fortune. We should look out for them. And, yes, I think they do end up in London.

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Wild Iris

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date: Feb. 10th, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
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I read those, too - they're excellent (and come to a lovely, bittersweet conclusion). The Twelfth Day of July is the first.

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Altariel

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date: Feb. 10th, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC)
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I shall start keeping an eye out for those (another set of books I'm watching out for - I'm trying to pick up John Christopher's novels as well).

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