Search Results: "Margaret Mahy"


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BUBBLE TROUBLE by Margaret Mahy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"For that hilarious first poem, which should become a classic, a must. (Poetry/Fiction. 8-12)"
Those lucky enough to have heard Mahy recite it will remember the title poem here, beginning "Little Mabel blew a bubble and it caused a lot of trouble—/Such a lot of bubble trouble in a bibble-bobble way./For it broke away from Mabel as it bobbed across the table,/Where it bobbled over Baby, and it wafted him away": a masterpiece of witty legerdemain with sound and sense in a breathtaking score of quatrains involving an entire neighborhood before "the baby boy was grounded and his mother held him tight." Read full book review >

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ALIENS IN THE FAMILY by Margaret Mahy
Released: Aug. 1, 1986

"Jake, who is reconciled with Dora as they work together to save Bond, is no longer an alien in her father's house; yet her own status remains unresolved."
In a vein different from her prize-winning Haunting and Changeover, Malay writes of an extraterrestrial visitation to her native New Zealand. Read full book review >

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MADDIGAN’S FANTASIA by Margaret Mahy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2007

"An intense time-travel tale packed with Mahy's usual repertoire of memorable tricksters, magical happenings and ominous undertones. (Fantasy. 10-16)"
A feisty circus girl and two alien boys embark on a perilous quest to save a failing city in this fantastical futurist adventure. Read full book review >

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24 HOURS by Margaret Mahy
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Beautifully written, this is a novel that pulls one into its orbit from the very first page. (Fiction. YA)"
It's 5:10 on a Friday afternoon and Ellis, 17, has just come home after graduating from prep school. Read full book review >

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THE OTHER SIDE OF SILENCE by Margaret Mahy
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Fascinating characters, a profound mystery, agonizing suspense only made bearable by the right doses of humor, a palpable atmosphere of dread, and a shocking denouement lead to only one conclusion: Mahy is a writer who just keeps getting better with every book. (Fiction. 10+)"
The Rappers—one of the most endearingly quirky families on record in seasons—are all gifted and a little idiosyncratic. Read full book review >

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KEEPING HOUSE by Margaret Mahy
Released: March 29, 1991

"Smith's comic, loosely drawn illustrations, washed in gentle, forgiving colors, are delightfully full of the details of Lizzie's comfortable disarray and frantic shaping up."
Lizzie Firkin is a songwriter whose successful career includes playing the trombone at a nightclub. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1990

"Just right to share with a bunch of Cub Scouts."
Norvin. . .a good actor but rather plain. . .looked very like a shark." Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1989

"A splendid romp, with suitably cartoon-like drawings."
A new, full-length story in the wildly imaginative vein of Non-Stop Nonsense (p. 296/ C-46). Read full book review >

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JAM by Margaret Mahy
Released: Feb. 1, 1985

"And for anyone whose appetite is whetted by the story, a recipe for plum jam appears on the endpapers."
Mr. and Mrs. Castle and three small Castles ("more like Cottages, really") live in a white house with a big lawn. Read full book review >

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THE MAGICIAN OF HOAD by Margaret Mahy
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 10, 2009

"Some deep and quenching revelations arrive, finally, but this poetically cryptic prose is for readers who prefer adult fare. (Fantasy. 15 & up)"
Abstraction and surrealism pull this fantasy almost all the way into the adult section. Read full book review >

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UNDERRUNNERS by Margaret Mahy
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"A fine prelude to Memory (1988), with a similar theme of self- realization despite—and enriched by—the past's continuing power. (Fiction. 10-14)"
"Underrunners" are narrow ditches, dangerous but intriguing, eroded in the inhospitable ground around 11-year-old Tristram's New Zealand home; here, he keeps a cache of provisions in case of an emergency and later hides his friend Winola (who's tunneled her way out of the nearby Children's Home) when she says she's in danger. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WITH TWO SHADOWS by Margaret Mahy
Released: Sept. 1, 1988

"Mahy, of course, brings considerable wit to telling this wry fable; Williams' colorful illustrations, which have a sweet realism rather like Shirley Hughes' work, accentuate the humor and pathos of this very personal loss and reunion."
From the much-honored New Zealand novelist, a revised, newly illustrated picture book that was first published in 1971: A little boy takes such good care of his shadow that a witch prevails on him to babysit with hers while she goes on vacation. Read full book review >