The series is speculative fiction describing an alternative history in which native African people had colonised the European people , rather than the other way around, with Africans having made Europeans their slaves. The series takes place in an alternative 21st-century Britain. At the time of the series, slavery had been abolished for some time, but segregation, similar to the Jim Crow Laws , continues to operate to keep the crosses dark-skinned people in control of the noughts lighter-skinned people. An international organisation, the Pangaean Economic Community, exists. Seeming to be similar to the United Nations in scope but similar to the European Union in powers, it is playing a role in forcing change by directives and boycotts.

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No catches, no fine print just unconditional book loving for your children with their favourites saved to their own digital bookshelf. Written by Malorie Blackman. Part of the Noughts And Crosses Series. The originality of the plot is breathtaking and the characters superbly drawn.

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 Complex but beautifully crafted A perfect end to an important and thought-provoking trilogy -- Sarah Harbon The Bookseller. Checkmate once again explores the lasting impact of prejudice, discrimination and the legacy of traumatic family history on the next generation in the author's brilliantly imagined world. Readers will not be dissapointed Publishing News.

There is no mistaking the genuine grassroots passion with which Checkmate, the final part of Malorie Blackman's trilogy, has been anticipated among young teen readers Blackman is a terrific thriller writer, driving her plots forward with skill and tenacity -- Dinah Hall Evening Standard. In Malorie received an OBE for her services to children's literature, and between and she was the Children's Laureate.

Check out the latest activities in our KidsZone. Becoming a member of the LoveReading4Kids community is free. Find out more. Hungry Babies Fearne Cotton. Read an Extract Compare Prices. Checkmate Synopsis Can the future ever erase the past? Readers will not be dissapointed Publishing News There is no mistaking the genuine grassroots passion with which Checkmate, the final part of Malorie Blackman's trilogy, has been anticipated among young teen readers If you loved this, you might like these More About Malorie Blackman.

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You currently have JavaScript disabled in your web browser, please enable JavaScript to view our website as intended. Here are the instructions of how to enable JavaScript in your browser. Author: Malorie Blackman. Publisher: Random House. As she grows up and gradually uncovers the secrets about her father, her grandparents and her early childhood which have been kept hidden for so long, her evil Uncle Jude reappears and instigates an insidious plan to destroy Callie Rose and her family.

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