Search Results: "Margaret Mahy"


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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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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 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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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 >

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NONSTOP NONSENSE by Margaret Mahy
Released: Nov. 24, 1977

"A treasure trove for storytellers, teachers, parents, or browsers."
Another of the splendid New Zealander's more light-hearted books (now published here for the first time, although its original date was 1977) comprises 10 wildly zany stories and 17 nifty comic poems (yes, poems—there are passages of unexpected loveliness in this light verse). 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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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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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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Released: Oct. 1, 1975

"The book's format—framed color pictures facing each page of text—make the whole outing more contained than Mahy's text would indicate, but the meeting does turn out better than we expected too."
The alliance of the irresponsible old and the fancy free young (or vice versa, or whatever) is a currently common theme in children's books; this entry from New Zealand lacks the poignancy of some but is larky enough to carry the occasion. Read full book review >

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THE TRICKSTERS by Margaret Mahy
Released: March 1, 1989

In a richly textured psychological ghost story set at the summer solstice and Christmas, New Zealand's two-time Carnegie-winner delivers another fascinating novel that defies summarization. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 8, 1986

"Blake's zany drawings enhance the fun."
The first American edition of two early (1978) stories by a New Zealand author who has since won two Carnegies. 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 >