Margaret Mahy

Mahy, with her characteristic rainbow wig,<br />at the Kaiapoi Club, July 2011 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 twice. It recognises the year's best children's book by a British subject, and she won for both ''The Haunting'' (1982) and ''The Changeover'' (1984). (As of 2012 just 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 Te Reo Māori, 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.

The Margaret Mahy Playground in the Christchurch Central City is named in her honour. Provided by Wikipedia
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    by Mahy, Margaret
    Published 1988
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    by Mahy, Margaret
    Published 1986
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    by Mahy, Margaret
    Published 1986
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    by Mahy, Margaret
    Published 1993
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    by Mahy, Margaret
    Published 1992
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    by Mahy, Margaret
    Published 1991
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    by Mahy, Margaret
    Published 1995
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    by Mahy, Margaret
    Published 1983
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    by Mahy, Margaret
    Published 1999
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    by Mahy, Margaret
    Published 1976
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    by Mahy, Margaret
    Published 1991
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    by Mahy, Margaret
    Published 1975
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    by Mahy, Margaret
    Published 1990
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    by Mahy, Margaret
    Published 1984
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    by Mahy, Margaret
    Published 1975
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    by Mahy, Margaret
    Published 1988
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    by Mahy, Margaret
    Published 2000
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    by Mahy, Margaret
    Published 1992
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    by Mahy, Margaret
    Published 2003
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    by Mahy, Margaret
    Published 1995
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