Search Results: "Margaret Mahy"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 31, 1988

"Fine for a read-aloud or a read-alone."
In the vein of the gifted New Zealander's Great Piratical Rumbustification, a pair of fantastical comedies. Read full book review >

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THE HAUNTING by Margaret Mahy
Released: Oct. 22, 1982

"Most compellingly, Mahy projects the haunting with such imaginative force and seriousness that you'll hear those footsteps and that husky voice as Barney does, just as you see Barney's pale transparent face and strange bruised eyes through Tabitha's watchful ones."
For eight-year-old Barney (short for Barnaby), being haunted begins with that "faint dizzy twist in the world around him, the thin singing drone [in] his ear" . . . then a figure slowly forming out of the air, lamenting in a sort husky voice, "Barnaby's dead! Read full book review >

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THE WITCH IN THE CHERRY TREE by Margaret Mahy
Released: March 15, 1974

"Always one step ahead of his meek and admiring mother in anticipating the witch's ploys, David may have some ego-boosting function, but neither Mahy nor Williams gives the silly business any consequence or zing."
With no more nefarious aim than obtaining some of mother's fresh baked cakes, the witch in David's cherry tree is further defused by her inability to outwit a typical preschooler. 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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Released: March 1, 1986

"It is slow-going in some places, and heavy-going in others, but the journey through Angela and Tycho's minds and feelings is well worth the effort."
Malay, who has twice won the Carnegie Medal for her supernatural stories (The Haunting and The Changeover), has now written a brilliant romance. Read full book review >

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MEMORY by Margaret Mahy
Released: April 1, 1988

"Thus he can evolve a new version of his relationship with his family (perhaps Janine was neither the favorite nor the most talented), with Bonny (who reveres Jonny's power as much as he reveres hers), even with the evil bully Nev—and give up the ghosts of memory, give up dancing under the danger sign at the cliff's top, and be reborn: ordinary, under control, even lucky."
Another splendid, complex tour de force from the Carnegie-winning author of The Haunting and The Tricksters. Read full book review >

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THE CHANGEOVER by Margaret Mahy
Released: Sept. 14, 1984

"In sum: the best supernatural YA fiction around, with Stephen King power and Mahy's own class and polish."
Again, as in The Haunting (1982), New Zealand writer Mahy proves that all-out supernatural stories can still be written with intelligence, humor, and a fearful intensity that never descends into pretentious murk or lurid sensationalism. Read full book review >

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BOOM, BABY, BOOM BOOM! by Margaret Mahy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"One cool Mama, one cunning baby and five opportunistic animals—yum, yum, fun. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This reissue of Mahy's 1997 publication illustrated by Patricia MacCarthy rings with her familiar, infectious rhythm and repetition and is rejuvenated with new illustrations. Read full book review >

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MISTER WHISTLER by Margaret Mahy
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"This romp fits in beautifully with Mahy's other wacky picture books; pair it with Song and Dance Man for a lively read-aloud. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This sprightly, whimsical tale will induce plenty of giggles and start toes to tapping. Read full book review >

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THE GREEN BATH by Margaret Mahy
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"A rumpus in the bathroom that readers are sure to try to emulate, even if only in their imaginations—lay down some towels before filling the tub! (Picture book. 4-8)"
A very imaginative boy has the bath adventure of a lifetime. Read full book review >

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ROOMS FOR RENT by Margaret Mahy
Released: April 1, 1974

"Jenny Williams' cheerfully fanciful but minimally interesting pictures just barely fill the vacancies in Malay's unrenovated version of the greening of a grump."
Mr. Murgatroyd the landlord "was small and shriveled and as bitter as medicine because of the mean, hard life he had led, and he talked to himself because of his loneliness," but even though he gleefully charges "too much" for his cobwebby rooms, he has no trouble renting them to "a little wispy woman with a wooden leg, a man who pushed his mermaid wife in a wheelbarrow, Mrs. Piper and her 20 children, and a black bear who plays the flute." Read full book review >

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17 KINGS AND 42 ELEPHANTS by Margaret Mahy
Released: Sept. 30, 1987

"This should perk up the most jaded group; its merry rhythm begs for a physical response."
A rollicking nonsense rhyme, first published (with different illustrations) in Britain in 1972. Read full book review >