“Noughts and Crosses” by Malorie Blackman
The book is called Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. The beginning is set on a private beach. The two main characters which are also the first characters to be introduced in Chapter 1 are called Callum and Sephy. In this book, Crosses (black people) and Noughts (white people) aren’t equal. Crosses have all the power while Noughts are treated like dirt. Callum is a Nought and Sephy is a Cross. In the first chapter Callum entered a new school which is the same as Sephy’s. The first chapter really puts their relationship into perspective. The beach is Sephy’s family’s beach. Sephy seems really happy that Callum has kissed her and this suggests that Sephy would like to be Callum’s girlfriend. But on the other hand, Callum knows that that is near to impossible. Callums thinks that since they have two opposite skin colours there is no “us”.
The story is only in Sephy and Callum’s point of view. Both Sephy and Callum have problems which some of them they share with each other but most of them they keep hidden, or they aren’t interested in hearing about them. Sephy doesn’t have a happy family life as her mum is an alcoholic and her dad isn’t there for his family as he is the Home Office Minister and works from home.
Callum doesn’t have a perfect family either. Him and his brother, Jude, fight nearly all the time. His mum is trying to hold together the family as it’s falling apart. His sister is quiet as if she’s in a mind of her own and she hardly ever talks throughout the book. Callum’s dad and brother are both in a “terrorist group” called the Liberation Militia which are a group of Noughts throughout the country whose only target is to kill or suffer Crosses. We only find out that they are both in the group later on in the book. You can tell that Callum and Sephy really do love each other even when they don’t show it. There are a lot of problems in the book such as when a bomb (planted by the Liberation...
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