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  • Published: 15 November 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407078366
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

Boys Don't Cry

The hard-hitting new teenage novel from the acclaimed author of the bestselling Noughts and Crosses sequence.

In Boys Don't Cry, bestselling author Malorie Blackman explores the unchartered territory of teenage fatherhood.
You're waiting for the postman - he's bringing your A level results. University, a career as a journalist - a glittering future lies ahead. But when the doorbell rings it's your old girlfriend; and she's carrying a baby. Your baby.
You're happy to look after it, just for an hour or two. But then she doesn't come back - and your future suddenly looks very different.
Malorie's dramatic new novel will take you on a journey from tears to laughter and back again.

  • Published: 15 November 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407078366
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

About the author

Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman has written over seventy books for children and young adults, including the Noughts & Crosses series, Thief and a science-fiction thriller, Chasing the Stars. Many of her books have also been adapted for stage and television, including a BAFTA-award-winning BBC production of Pig-Heart Boy and a Pilot Theatre stage adaptation by Sabrina Mahfouz of Noughts & Crosses. There is also a major BBC production of Noughts & Crosses, with Roc Nation (Jay-Z’s entertainment company) curating the soundtrack as executive music producer. In 2005 Malorie was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her distinguished contribution to the world of children’s books. In 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children’s literature, and between 2013 and 2015 she was the Children’s Laureate. Most recently Malorie wrote for the Doctor Who series on BBC One, and the fifth novel in her Noughts & Crosses series, Crossfire, was published by Penguin Random House Children’s in summer 2019.

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Praise for Boys Don't Cry

It'll melt your heart

Teen Now

Malorie has created such a realistic story about what goes on in society just now. She doesn't sugar coat anything and just tells the story like it is. This could easily have been a non fiction story. These are issues that people face everyday. Single Teen Parents. Homophobic behaviour. And yet she manages to create a story that is full of hope and love and humour that had me crying alot with happiness for the characters. 5 / 5

Thoughts of a Mad Hatter

This exhilarating, heart pounding and hilarious journey is sure to light up the mind of young readers everywhere, and, without any doubts, I must proclaim that, Boys Don't cry, is a sensational explosion of emotion, life and, most importantly, the impenetrable love shared by a family. Praise must be lavished upon Malorie Blackman, who has executed a challenging tale with masterful skill and wit. I would urge anybody reading this review, irrespective of what books you would usually read, to pick this title up and allow yourself to be immersed in this modern-day emotional thriller! I can give you a 100% guarantee that, with this book, comes excitement at a real peak and absolutely brilliant fiction, made better because of how believable and true Blackman's writing is!


Reading Boy's Don't Cry reminded me what a gem the author really is. She could have gone for the vampires, the superpowers, the dragons but she went for real life scenario's. Situations that me and you can relate to and learn from. Now that takes heart, and it's particularly one of the reasons I will continue to keep an eye out for her future work. So, should you read this book? Most DEFINITELY! 5 stars

Fantasy 4 Eva

The writing style is nice and relaxed and while it's clearly written with a younger audience in mind it never slips into pastiche. In fact, Blackman has a great ear for the way teenagers speak without having to noticeably force it to sound street or urban...Don't let the fact that its issues based get in the way as it's highly enjoyable, as Boys Don't Cry by Malorie Blackman is a fast and good read.

Active Dad

This novel doesn't hold back on big issues for teens: parenting, sexuality and family relationships. But in true Malorie style, all the subjects are dealt with sensitively and maturely while still being very much in tune with teenagers and the issues they face.

Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care Journal

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