Black and White
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman was a very enjoyable read. Meant for teens and read with that age-group in mind, I was impressed with the lively, absorbing, story-telling. I found that the reversal of colour and places in society of the characters was a powerful way of discussing racial discrimination. I feel that this would be more noticeable to older age groups, outside the target audience, who remember what was thought acceptable before anti-discrimination laws and policies were implemented. The book shows many of the difficulties faced by youngsters when going through their teenage years, including raging hormones, alcohol and divorce. There was a lot to think about and Noughts and Crosses would provide plenty of subjects for discussion. Not least the alienation of the young, faced with daily humiliation, feeling justified in resorting to violence. Sadly, I caught sight of the last page by accident, so the ending was a little spoilt. A pacey read.