Search Results: "Margaret Mahy"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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 >