Malorie Blackman

Standard Name: Blackman, Malorie
MB , British Children's Laureate for 2013-15, had by the end of that period published more than sixty books for ages ranging from little children to young-adult readers. Only a small selection of her oeuvre can be considered here. She is known for fast-paced, page-turning stories and in her books for teenagers a willingness to tackle uncomfortable themes like organ transplant, racism, even terrorism. She is a strong advocate for multicultural inclusiveness in the world portrayed in children's fiction. She is the first Black British writer to sell more than a million copies of her works.
Holmes, Karen, Malorie Blackman, and Karen Holmes. “Introduction”. Noughts and Crosses, Pearson Education, 2011, p. v.
Some of her books have now been processed for classroom use with teaching aids or simplified versions.
Colour photo of Malorie Blackman looking at the camera, smiling. She is wearing a black V-neck shirt, with three-quarter length sleeves and a pair of dangly silver earrings.
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Occupation Winsome Pinnock
As a member of Talawa 's Writers' Group (TWG), WP , together with Malorie Blackman and others, participated in the fourth annual Unzipped, a series of readings from and discussion of the future of...
Reception Mary Seacole
The Times demanded in November 1856 when MS 's financial straits became known: While the benevolent deeds of Florence Nightingale are being handed down to posterity . . . are the humbler actions of Mrs...
Textual Features Toni Morrison
The protagonist of the novel, Sethe, is a mother bereaved by slavery, herself a slave who ran awayfrom the ironically-named Sweet Home in Kentucky to Ohio, when the institution of slavery was nearing its...
Textual Production Bernardine Evaristo
For the first time, BE published a novel entirely in prose: Blonde Roots, set in an alternative world (like that of Malorie Blackman 's Noughts and Crosses series) where white or European people are...
Textual Production Winsome Pinnock
The National Theatre (Cottesloe) put on an arresting play for young people by WP entitled Can You Keep a Secret?, part of the New Connections season of plays for the young.
Launched a couple...


16 April 2015
A report on diversity in British book publishing, Writing the Future (authored by Danuta Kean for Bernardine Evaristo 's agency Spread the Word ), was launched at the London Book Fair .