The Friday 56, #24: Naughts & Crosses

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join in every Friday, the rules are simple.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.


“Too many people in this government live in the past. It’s my duty to drag them into the present or none of us–naughts or Crosses–will have a decent future.

Naught & Crosses by Malorie Blackman is like no other book I’ve read on racism and discrimination, where black and white have switched places historically. Racial integration is the battlefield in this book where two characters with very different backgrounds try desperately to hang on to one another.

From my review:

“Callum and Sephy are best friends. Sephy comes from a world of privilege where she has never been denied any opportunity or been in any financial need. Those dark-skinned like Sephy are called Crosses and have always had the advantage of being in power. Callum comes from the other side of the tracks, where being a have-not is the norm and whose light-skin has marked him a naught for life. Callum and Sephy struggle to reconcile their differences as they grow older and as the tension between naughts and Crosses mounts, the two must figure out whether their friendship can survive the pressures of society and the prejudices on both sides that threaten to tear them apart.” Find my full review here.

20 thoughts on “The Friday 56, #24: Naughts & Crosses

    1. Yes, she does pull it off. I don’t think swapping races in this book is as difficult as some might think because at the end of the day, we’re all people, right?


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