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Margaret Mahy

New Zealand (1936 - 2012)

Margaret Mahy was born in New Zealand in 1936, the eldest of five children, with a huge extended family in the surrounding neighbourhood, and from the beginning her vivid imagination and love of storytelling sometimes confused reality and fantasy. She was a solitary little tomboy, living in her own world and talking out loud to herself. She knew she would be A Writer.

She studied philosophy at university in Auckland and Christchurch, and then qualified as a librarian, specialising in children's reading. She brought up her two daughters alone, which at the time meant life was often tough. In 1968, an American publisher spotted one of her stories published in a journal issued to New Zealand schools. They asked for more and Margaret sent them one hundred - fifteen years of unpublished work. They were taken and she really was A Writer.

Margaret published well over a hundred titles and won several major prizes and awards including the highest honour New Zealand offers, The Order of New Zealand, limited to 20 living people, for her internationally-acclaimed contribution to children's literature. Besides this, she twice won the prestigious Carnegie Medal, ('The Haunting', 1982, and 'The Changeover' 1984) In the States too, her books are rapturously received, several having been chosen as ALA Notables and Best Books of the Year. Margaret Mahy 's books have been translated into more than fifteen languages.

Mahy died in Christchurch on 23 July 2012, aged 76.
Bus Under the LeavesThe Pirate UncleThe Great Piratical RumbustificationThe Haunting
The Pirates Mixed-Up VoyageThe ChangeoverThe Birthday BurglarThe Catalogue of the Universe
The TrickstersAliens in the FamilyMemoryThe Blood-and-Thunder Adventure on Hurricane Peak
Raging Robots and Unruly UnclesThe Seven Chinese BrothersDangerous SpacesUnderrunners
The Greatest Show Off EarthTingleberries, Tuckertubs and TelephonesThe Other Side of SilenceThe Five Sisters
Midnight StoryOperation TerrorThe Horribly Haunted SchoolA Villain's Night Out
Down in the Dump with DinsmoreTwenty-four HoursThe Riddle of the Frozen PhantomAlchemy
The Gargling GorillaMaddigan's FantasiaThe Very Wicked HeadmistressMagician of Hoad
Portable GhostsHeriotOrgan MusicTale of a Tail
Great Piratical Rumbustification /  Librarian and the RobbersBirthday Burglar / Very Wicked Headmistress
The Third Story BookLeaf MagicThe Second Margaret Mahy Story BookNonstop Nonsense
The Chewing-gum Rescue and Other StoriesThe Downhill Crocodile Whizz and Other StoriesMahy MagicThe Horrible Story and Others
The Door in the Air and Other StoriesThe Boy Who Bounced and Other Magic TalesChocolate Porridge and Other StoriesThe Tin Can Band and Other Poems
Bubble TroubleA Tall Story and Other TalesThe Girl with the Green Ear: Stories About Magic in NatureThe World in 1492
Tick Tock Tales: Stories to Read Around the ClockThe Puffin Book of Five-minute StoriesWonderful Me!: Stories And PoemsWait for Me!
Shock Forest: And Other StoriesWatch Me!Don't Read This!Free?: Stories Celebrating Human Rights
Picture Books
A Dragon of an Ordinary Family (1969)
A Lion in the Meadow (1969)
Mrs. Discombobulous (1969)
Pillycock's Shop (1969)
The Procession (1969)
The Little Witch (1970)
Sailor Jack and the Twenty Orphans (1970)
The Boy With Two Shadows (1971)
The Princess and the Clown (1971)
17 Kings and 42 Elephants (1972)
Railway Engine and the Hairy Brigands (1973)
Stepmother (1974)
The Witch in the Cherry Tree (1974)
Rooms to Let (1974)
Rare Spotted Birthday Party (1974)
Clancy's Cabin (1974)
Rooms for Rent (1974)
Ultra-violet catastrophe!: Or, The unexpected walk with Great-Uncle Magnus Pringle (1975)
The Great Millionaire Kidnap (1975)
The Boy Who Was Followed Home (1975)
The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate (1976)
David's Witch Doctor (1976)
The Wind Between the Stars (1976)
Mrs. Bubble's Baby (1983)
Shopping with a Crocodile (1983)
The Great Grumbler and the Wonder Tree (1984)
The Spider in the Shower (1984)
Ups and Downs (1984)
A Crocodile in the Library (1985)
Jam (1985)
Moppy's Ball (1986)
The Adventures of a Kite (1986)
The Cake (1986)
The Catten (1986)
Clever Hamburger (1986)
The Earthquake (1986)
How Mr. Rooster Didn't Get Married (1986)
Kangaroo from Woolloomoolloo (1986)
Lavender the Library Cat (1986)
Let's Get a Pet (1986)
Little Brown House (1986)
Magician's Lunch (1986)
Morning Dance (1986)
Most Scary Ghost (1986)
Mouse Monster (1986)
Plants of My Aunt (1986)
Sophie's Singing Mother (1986)
Ten Loopy Caterpillars (1986)
Terrible Armadillo (1986)
Train That Ran Away (1986)
A Very Happy Bathday (1986)
The Yuckadoos (1986)
The Man Who Enjoyed Grumbling (1986)
My Wonderful Aunt (1986)
Trouble On the Bus (1986)
The King's Jokes (1987)
Tai Taylor and His Education (1987)
Tai Taylor and the Sweet Annie (1987)
Baby's Breakfast (1987)
Feeling Funny (1987)
The Funny, Funny Clown Face (1987)
The Garden Party (1987)
Mr. Rumfitt (1987)
Muppy's Ball (1987)
The New House Villain (1987)
A Pet to the Vet (1987)
The Pop Group (1987)
Tai Taylor Is Born (1987)
The Terrible Topsy-Turvy, Tissy-Tossy Tangle (1987)
The Tree Doctor (1987)
Arguments (1987)
Beautiful Pig (1987)
The Fight On the Hill (1987)
Jacko, the Junk Shop Man (1987)
Long Grass of Tumbledown Road (1987)
Mouse Wedding (1987)
The Robber Pig and the Ginger Beer (1987)
Robber Pig and the Green Eggs (1987)
Squeak in the Gate (1987)
Tinny Tiny Tinker (1987)
The Girl Who Washed in Moonlight (1987)
The Haunting of Miss Cardamom (1987)
Tai Taylor Goes to School (1987)
When the King Rides by (1988)
Guinea Pig Grass (1988)
No Dinner for Sally (1989)
The Father Who Walked On His Hands (1989)
The Great White Man-eating Shark (1989)
Crocodile Crocodile (1990)
Leap Year (1990)
The Little Round Husband (1990)
White Elephants (1990)
Making Friends (1990)
Iris LA Bonga and the Locked Door (1990)
Iris La Bonga and the Boomerzoomer (1990)
The Pumpkin Man and the Crafty Creeper (1990)
The Solar System (1990)
Keeping House (1991)
The Queen's Goat (1991)
The Dentist's Promise (1991)
The Horrendous Hullabaloo (1992)
The Dragon's Birthday (1992)
The Fiddle and the Gun (1992)
The Mad Puppet (1993)
A Busy Day for a Good Grandmother (1993)
Iris La Bonga and the Helpful Taxi Driver (1993)
The Christmas Tree Tangle (1994)
The Rattlebang Picnic (1994)
Cobwebs, Elephants and Stars (1996)
Solar Systems: Fact or Fiction (1996)
Boom Baby, Boom Boom! (1996)
The Greatest Binnie in the World (1996)
The Three Magicians (1997)
Beaten by a Balloon (1997)
A Good Knee for a Cat (1997)
A Summery Saturday Morning (1998)
Simply Delicious! (1999)
Down the Dragon's Tongue (2000)
Dashing Dog! (2002)
The Three-legged Cat (2004)
Down the Back of the Chair (2006)
Stop That Stew! (2009)
The Man from the Land of Fandango (2012)
Mister Whistler (2012)
The Green Bath (2013)
Footsteps Through the Fog (2013)
A Dragon of an Ordinary FamilyA Lion in the MeadowMrs. DiscombobulousPillycock's Shop
The ProcessionThe Little WitchThe Boy With Two ShadowsThe Princess and the Clown
17 Kings and 42 ElephantsThe Witch in the Cherry TreeClancy's CabinRooms for Rent
Ultra-violet catastrophe!: Or, The unexpected walk with Great-Uncle Magnus PringleThe Great Millionaire KidnapThe Boy Who Was Followed HomeThe Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate
David's Witch DoctorThe Wind Between the StarsThe Spider in the ShowerJam
Moppy's BallThe CakeThe CattenThe Man Who Enjoyed Grumbling
My Wonderful AuntTrouble On the BusThe Funny, Funny Clown FaceThe Garden Party
The New House VillainA Pet to the VetTai Taylor Is BornThe Terrible Topsy-Turvy, Tissy-Tossy Tangle
Beautiful PigThe Fight On the HillJacko, the Junk Shop ManThe Robber Pig and the Ginger Beer
The Girl Who Washed in MoonlightThe Haunting of Miss CardamomWhen the King Rides byGuinea Pig Grass
No Dinner for SallyThe Great White Man-eating SharkThe Little Round HusbandMaking Friends
Iris La Bonga and the BoomerzoomerThe Pumpkin Man and the Crafty CreeperThe Solar SystemKeeping House
The Queen's GoatThe Dentist's PromiseThe Horrendous HullabalooThe Dragon's Birthday
The Mad PuppetA Busy Day for a Good GrandmotherThe Christmas Tree TangleThe Rattlebang Picnic
Solar Systems: Fact or FictionBoom Baby, Boom Boom!The Greatest Binnie in the WorldThe Three Magicians
Beaten by a BalloonA Summery Saturday MorningSimply Delicious!Down the Dragon's Tongue
Dashing Dog!The Three-legged CatDown the Back of the ChairStop That Stew!
The Man from the Land of FandangoMister WhistlerThe Green BathFootsteps Through the Fog
Chapter Books
Chocolate PorridgeThe Witch DogThe Boy Who Made Things Up
Non fiction
My Mysterious WorldA Dissolving GhostAwesome Aotearoa: A Kids' History of New Zealand
Anthologies containing stories by Margaret Mahy
Supernatural Stories
Short stories
Space Invaders (1985)

Carnegie Medal winner (1983) : The Haunting
Carnegie Medal winner (1985) : The Changeover
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1987) : The Tricksters

Margaret Mahy recommends
The Boy Who Could Fly
The Boy Who Could Fly (2010)
James Norcliffe
"A rich fantasy - alive with original twists, surprises and mysteries."

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