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Margaret Mahy

New Zealand children's writer

1936   -   2012

country of citizenship: New Zealand
language of expression: English
educated at: University of Canterbury, University of Auckland
occupation: writer, novelist, librarian, children's writer, screenwriter
award received: Hans Christian Andersen Award, Carnegie Medal, Phoenix Award, Order of New Zealand

Margaret Mahy (21 March 1936 – 23 July 2012) was a New Zealand author of children's and young adult books. Many of her story plots have strong supernatural elements but her writing concentrates on the themes of human relationships and growing up. She wrote more than 100 picture books, 40 novels and 20 collections of short stories. At her death she was one of thirty writers to win the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for her "lasting contribution to children's literature".Mahy won the annual Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book by a British subject, both for The Haunting (1982) and for The Changeover (1984). (As of 2012 seven writers have won two Carnegies, none three.) She was also a highly commended runner up for Memory (1987).Among her children's books, A Lion in the Meadow and The Seven Chinese Brothers and The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate are considered national classics. Her novels have been translated into German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Italian, Japanese, Catalan and Afrikaans. In addition, some stories have been translated into Russian, Chinese and Icelandic.
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novel released in 2004

author: Margaret Mahy


The Catalogue of the Universe

book by Margaret Mahy

author: Margaret Mahy


The Changeover

book by Margaret Mahy

author: Margaret Mahy


The Haunting

book by Margaret Mahy

author: Margaret Mahy


17 kings and 42 elephants

author: Margaret Mahy

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