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Malorie Blackman

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Malorie Blackman

is The Wicked Witch of the West from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, (1900), by L. Frank Baum

About Malorie

As a child, Malorie Blackman read everything she could lay her hands on. She had a vivid imagination and for two years carried a superhero costume around in her schoolbag, just in case. Malorie wanted to be an English teacher, but her careers adviser steered her into business studies, which led to computer programming. After a few years she took some time off to write and, 82 rejection letters later, published Not So Stupid!, a collection of short stories. Since then Malorie has written over 50 prize-winning books and picture books for children of all ages, as well as poems, plays and radio and TV dramas. She is best known for her Noughts and Crosses series, in which teenagers Callum and Sephy battle against a world divided by colour. Britain’s Children’s Laureate from 2013 to 2015, Malorie lives in London with her husband, daughter and 15,000 books.

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