Books by William Mayne

LADY MUCK by William Mayne
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"It please her from silk ear to scratch back' ''), though inventive, will turn off readers who have no sweet tooth for dialect. (Picture book. 5-9)"
From Mayne (Pandora, 1996, etc.), the arch tale of two pigs in search of swine ambrosia—truffles. Read full book review >
PANDORA by William Mayne
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1996

"Poetic and satisfying. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Mayne (Hob and the Goblin, 1994, etc.) has written sympathetically of cats before in The Patchwork Cat (1981), and his description of a boggart-beset cottage cat is one of the eerie details enriching his novel, Earthfasts (1967). Read full book review >
HOB AND THE GOBLINS by William Mayne
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Both comical and suspenseful, a tour de force from one of Britain's greats; a perfect companion to Cooper's The Boggart (1993) and Diana Wynne Jones's ebullient fantasies. (Fiction. 10+)"
Hob is a helpful household presence, fond of babies and, less often, also visible to children; unfortunately, he has greedily donned clothes given him by a grateful human and can't adopt a new home until he gets rid of them. Read full book review >
LOW TIDE by William Mayne
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"A fine readaloud for sophisticated listeners. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The ever-challenging Carnegie winner turns to New Zealand for an action-packed story that, as a colonial adventure involving new settlers and indigenous people, recalls the themes and limitations of Drift (1986): the locale and Maori are generic; but the elegantly described events, many verging on fantastical, elevate universal strivings and concerns to almost mythic stature. Read full book review >

From A Swarm in May (1955, o.p.) to last year's All the King's Men, Mayne's many, always innovative books have been the products of his remarkably clear perception of the surfaces and undercurrents of human experience. Read full book review >