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Rollercoasters: Noughts and Crosses

Educational edition of this popular novel

Malorie Blackman

Suitable for:  KS3, 11-14, English, Reading

Price:  £9.99

ISBN: 978-0-19-832861-2
Publication date: 24/01/2008
Paperback: 480 pages
Dimensions: 198x129mm

Availability: In stock.

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Callum is a nought - a second-class citizen; Sephy is a Cross. In their world, Noughts and Crosses don't mix. Can Callum and Sephy find a way to be together? In what has already become a modern classic, award-winning author Malorie Blackman tackles the issues of prejudice and racism in a way that will thoroughly engage and inspire students.


  • An intelligent and emotional book your students will not want to put down
  • Strong themes for discussion (racism, prejudice) and links to Romeo & Juliet
  • National Curriculum-recommended author
  • Supported by extensive teacher resources online and student-focused Reading Guides
  • Durable, soft covers your students will want to pick up

This page was last updated on 20 April 2021 at 08:30 GMT


  • I enjoyed this book a lot. I couldn't stop reading it, it was so good. I think that the combined genres of crime, suspense and romance really works. - Megan, year 9
  • Will linger in the mind long after it has been read. - The Observer
  • Dramatic, moving and brave. - The Guardian
  • Noughts and Crosses went down really well with a mixed ability group - at least 6 of my students went on to read other books in the series. It inspired some excellent research and discussion activities about the cause and effects of segregation. For example, the Little Rock High riots are overtly alluded to, mental health issues are tackled and terrorist activity is a major theme. - TES forum
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