Books

Chasing the Stars

Malorie Blackman

Olivia and her twin brother, Aidan, are heading alone back to Earth following the virus that completely wiped out the rest of their crew, and their family, in its entirety.

Nathan's ship is heading in the opposite direction. But on the journey it is attacked. Only a few survive.

Their lives unexpectedly collide. Nathan and Olivia are instantly attracted to each other, deeply, head over heels.

But not everyone is pleased. Surrounded by rumours, deception, even murder, is it possible to live out a happy-ever-after...?

'Full of nail-biting adventure, interstellar conflict and then passion...keeps us guessing to the last'
Sunday Times

'Goes boldly where few YA titles have gone before...a combination of Star Trek, Ten Things I Hate About You and a murder mystery. What's not to like?'
Guardian

Noughts & Crosses

Malorie Blackman

Sephy and Callum have been friends since early childhood. And that's as far as it can go. Because theirs is a world full prejudice, racism, distrust and mounting terrorist violence.

Despite all this, a romance builds between the two friends. But this is a love story that could lead both of them into terrible danger . . .

'The most original book I've ever read'
Benjamin Zephaniah

'Unforgettable'
Guardian

Knife Edge

Malorie Blackman

Where there has been love, now there is hate.

Two families have been shattered by the divided and violent society they live in. Sephy Hadley - technically a Cross, powerful and privileged - has tied her life forever to the McGregor family. The McGregors are a family of n: noughts:, therefore inferior and persecuted. without question.

Jude McGregor blames Sephy for all the tragedies his family has suffered. He and is determined to force her to take sides, and destroy her life . . . just like she destroyed his. . . . .

'Devastatingly powerful'
Guardian

'Moving and thought-provoking'
Observer

Checkmate

Malorie Blackman

Growing up as dual heritage in a world of bitter prejudice has meant some tough times for Callie Rose.

The more she learns about her own history, the more she realizes just how much has been hidden from her . . . and how much danger she could be pulled into.

'Another emotional hard-hitter'
Sunday Times

Double Cross

Malorie Blackman

Callie Rose knows too much - too much about violence and family feuds, and too much about Nnoughts and Crosses. And knowing so much about the past makes her afraid for her future. People always seem to want revenge.

Tobey wants a better life - for him and for Callie Rose. He wants nothing to do with the violent gangs that rule the world he lives in. But when he's offered the chance to earn some extra money, just this once, would it hurt to say 'yes'?

One small decision can change everything . . .

'Powerful'
Sunday Times

'Blackman "gets" people . . . she "gets" humanity as a whole, too'
Guardian

Chasing the Stars

Malorie Blackman

What happens when love brings loss? When love brings lies? When love brings hate?


Olivia and her twin brother Aidan are heading alone back to Earth
following the virus that wiped out the rest of their crew, and their family, in its entirety.

Nathan is part of a community heading in the opposite direction.
But on their journey, Nathan’s ship is attacked and most of the community killed.
Only a few survive.

Their lives unexpectedly collided, Nathan and Olivia are instantly attracted to each other, deeply, head-over-heels – like nothing they have ever experienced.

But not everyone is pleased. Surrounded by rumours, deception, even murder, is it possible to live out a happy ever after . . . ?

LONGLISTED FOR THE GUARDIAN CHILDREN'S FICTION PRIZE, 2016

Noughts & Crosses Graphic Novel

Malorie Blackman (and others)

Callum is a nought - an inferior white citizen in a society controlled by the black Crosses.

Sephy is a Cross - and the daughter of one of the most powerful, ruthless men in the country.

In their hostile, violent world, noughts and Crosses simply don't mix. But when Sephy and Callum's childhood friendship grows into love, they're determined to find a way to be together.

And then the bomb explodes . . .

The long-awaited graphic novel adaptation of one of the most influential, critically acclaimed and original novels of all time, from multi-award-winning Malorie Blackman.

Fangs

Malorie Blackman

Poor Fangs, the tarantula, is terribly lonely and bored with her life in the pet-shop. So when Nathan takes her home, she's more than excited about her new life. But before Nathan can introduce his new pet to his family, he's going to need her help to convince them that spiders aren't just creepy and crawly . . . They're beautiful and brave too!

This funny story from the Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman, is perfect for building confidence in young readers - whether reading aloud or reading alone.

Love Hurts

Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman brings together the best teen writers of today in a stunningly romantic collection about love against the odds. Featuring short stories and extracts - both brand-new and old favourites - about modern star-crossed lovers from stars such as Gayle Forman, Markus Zusak, Patrick Ness and Andrew Smith, and with a new story from Malorie Blackman herself, Love Hurts looks at every kind of relationship, from first kiss to final heartbreak.

Doctor Who: 12 Doctors 12 Stories

Malorie Blackman (and others)

Twelve bestselling authors, twelve Doctors, twelve brilliant adventures in time and space for ALL Doctor Who fans! This print anthology features the original eleven eShorts plus a brand-new Twelfth Doctor story by Holly Black.

Hurricane Betsey

Malorie Blackman

A hurricane is on it's way . . . And Betsey can't wait! Join her as she helps prepare for the storm, is entered into a very strange contest, and even attempts to eat a MONSTER hamburger in four fabulously funny adventures.

This book is one of five collections featuring Betsey Biggalow from Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman. Beautifully illustrated by Jamie Smith, these stories are ideal for building confidence in young readers, whether reading aloud or alone.

Magic Betsey

Malorie Blackman

Betsey puts on a magic show but everyone is less than impressed with her tricks. No matter, in these four sweet and funny short stories, Betsey learns the importance of believing in yourself, that practise makes perfect, and that some magic is real . . .

This book is one of five short story collections featuring Betsey Biggalow, from Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman. Beautifully illustrated by Jamie Smith, these warm and funny stories are ideal for building confidence in young readers, whether reading aloud or alone.

Betsey’s Birthday Surprise

Malorie Blackman

Join Betsey, the little girl with big ideas, as she surprises everyone on her birthday, learns to be a guard dog, moves house and even becomes a TV star in these four warm and funny adventures.

This book is one of five short story collections featuring Betsey from Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman, beautifully illustrated by Jamie Smith, and ideal for building confidence in young readers.

Betsey Biggalow is Here!

Malorie Blackman

Betsey Biggalow is here! She may be small but she's full of bright and shiny ideas about new trainers, winning at marbles and even helping the world! Join Betsey on four short, sun-filled adventures as she learns you don't have to be big to make a big difference.

This book is one of five short story collections featuring the lively and likeable Betsey Biggalow from Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman. Beautifully illustrated by Jamie Smith, these stories are ideal for building confidence in readers aged 7 and over, whether reading aloud or reading alone.

Betsey Biggalow the Detective

Malorie Blackman

Betsey's teddy bear has disappeared without a trace! Join Betsey the Detective as she enlists the help of Prince, the detective dog, to solve the mystery!

This book is one of five short story collections featuring Betsey Biggalow from Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman. Beautifully illustrated by Jamie Smith, these warm and funny stories are ideal for building confidence in readers aged 7 and over, whether reading aloud or reading alone.

Girl Wonder and the Terrific Twins

Malorie Blackman

When Maxine has a plan, you can be sure it involves her twin brothers Anthony and Edward. You can also be sure it involves BIG TROUBLE!

Nine fantastically funny short stories, perfect for building confidence in new readers, whether reading aloud or reading alone.

Girl Wonder's Winter Adventures

Malorie Blackman

From scaring Mum at Halloween to building the biggest snowball the world's ever seen - Maxine always has a super plan and needs the help of her twin brothers, Anthony and Edward. Together the super siblings make all sorts of mischief . . . Can they fix it before Mum finds out?

These seven funny short stories are perfect for building confidence in new readers, whether reading alone or reading aloud.

Girl Wonder to the Rescue

Malorie Blackman

Birthday-present burglars, a Tooth Fairy mystery, and an abandoned puppy - no adventure is too great for Maxine, also known as Girl Wonder!

This collection of seven funny short stories is perfect for building confidence in new readers, whether reading aloud or reading alone.

Snow Dog

Malorie Blackman (and others)

"IT'S GOING TO BE WOOF-ONDERFUL!"

There is nothing Nicky wants more in the world than a dog to play with. But Mum and Dad don't want a dog. Then Granddad has an idea - he and Nicky can make a dog: a snow-dome dog. Even better, he has some special clay, found at the end of a rainbow, so that the dog will be extra-special. Maybe even magic . . .

Colour First Readers are perfect for new readers and include notes be reading specialist Prue Goodwin, honorary fellow of the University of Reading.

Space Race

Malorie Blackman (and others)

Five...four...three...two...one. Lift-off!

What can Lizzie do when big-headed Jake challenges her to a race in space? She's GOT to beat him. But Jake has a super-duper, deluxe new spaceship that runs on special fuel...

Zoom to Pluto and back with this super space story from award-winning author, Malorie Blackman.

Colour First Readers are perfect for new readers and include notes by reading specialist Prue Goodwin, honorary fellow of the University of Reading.

Biography

MALORIE BLACKMAN has written over sixty books and is acknowledged as one of today’s most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers. She has been awarded numerous prizes for her work, including the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award. Malorie has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. In 2005 she was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her contribution to children’s books, and in 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children’s literature. She has been described by The Times as ‘a national treasure’. Malorie Blackman was the Children’s Laureate 2013–15.