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Checkmate

Checkmate

by Malorie Blackman

Publisher Doubleday

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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, to honour both sides of her heritage. 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...

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Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman is a well-known British children’s author. Malorie was born to Barbadian parents who moved to the UK as part of the Windrush Generation.

Before becoming a famous author Malorie was a System Programmer. Malorie has written more than 60 books.
Malorie has other interests as well as writing. Malorie likes composing music, playing the piano and poetry writing.
Malorie has written stories for children’s television dramas, such as Byker Grove, Whizzing and Pig Heart Boy.
Malorie is well known for her highly acclaimed young adult novel series, Noughts and Crosses.

What makes Malorie different from many other authors is her style of writing, and her storyline which is usually around racism, ethnicity and violence. It is said that Malorie reverses the situation of black and white people.

Malorie became an author because she wanted to change things. Malorie loved reading books, but none of the books she read as a child featured characters who were black people. It is this that gave Malorie the inspiration to write books. Malorie wanted to change peoples, views and the way to do that was to include black people in her books. By doing this Malorie could help people cultivate an understanding of different ethnicities and diverse cultures and not just rely on the stereotypical views.
In the Guardian newspaper, Malorie said that she spent most of her 20s teaching herself Black history and that children are not taught about black historical figures in schools.

In 2013 Malorie was named the Children’s Laureate. She was the UK’s first Black person to be made children’s laureate.

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