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Margaret Mahy - Author

About the Author

New Zealander Margaret Mahy, who sadly died in early 2012,was the first writer from outside the UK to win the prestigious Carnegie Medal. Mahy's genius with language has been demonstrated over and over again in a prolific list of titles from early picture books through to challenging teenage fiction.

Featured books by Margaret Mahy

The Witch Dog

The Witch Dog

5+ readers

Author: Margaret Mahy Illustrator: Sam Usher Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/2014

The Witch Dance is a special party. Every witch brings a cloak, a hat and a cat. But not Witch Rose. She is allergic to cats! Luckily for her, Nightshade, the perfect Witch Dog is on hand to help. But can Witch Rose and Nightshade convince the other witches that a Witch Dog really can be as good as any cat?

Other books by Margaret Mahy

Shock Forest and other magical stories: A Bloomsbury Reader Grey Book Band

Shock Forest and other magical stories: A Bloomsbury Reader Grey Book Band

Author: Margaret Mahy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2020

A magical collection of short stories from double Carnegie Medal winner Margaret Mahy. A wizard's house with coloured windows that look into worlds of treetops and deserts, cloud-castles and diamonds. Two riddles that, once solved, will stop Shock Forest from burning. A flute-playing bear and a boy who just wants to spread his wings and fly... These fantastical short stories will take readers on a journey; sometimes haunting, sometimes surreal but always enchanting. This collection of brilliant stories from double Carnegie Medal winner Margaret Mahy has wonderful illustrations by Laura Borio and is perfect for children who are developing as readers. The Bloomsbury Readers series is packed with brilliant books to get children reading independently in Key Stage 2, with book-banded stories by award-winning authors like double Carnegie Medal winner Geraldine McCaughrean and Waterstones Prize winner Patrice Lawrence, covering a wide range of genres and topics. With charming illustrations and online guided reading notes written by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), this series is ideal for reading both in the classroom and at home. For more information visit www.bloomsburyguidedreading.com. Book Band: Grey Ideal for ages 8+

Down The Back of the Chair

Down The Back of the Chair

Author: Margaret Mahy Illustrator: Polly Dunbar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2020

When Dad loses his car keys, toddler Mary has a suggestion: why not see what's hiding down the back of the chair? But when they look, they get more than a few surprises... This lively, eccentric poem is a visual explosion of fun and imagination, featuring dragons, pirates, treasure, lions, elephants and much more. Margaret Mahy's classic story celebrates the wonderful everyday, guaranteed to put a smile on the face of readers young and old. The entertainment, humour, and exuberance of it all arises from what Dad finds... Mahy's text rollicks along in rhythm and rhyme, and Polly Dunbar's graphics are akin to a fireworks display on the page; words, phrases and pictorial images metaphorically pop up and explode like stardust over the double spreads - School Librarian

Bubble Trouble

Bubble Trouble

Author: Margaret Mahy Illustrator: Polly Dunbar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2020

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. When little Mabel's bubble gets away from her, it's her baby brother who gets into trouble. Soon he's floating out of the house, above the fence, and all over town! It's up to Mabel, Mother, and the rest of the townspeople to get him safely back down. Who knew that so much trouble could come from one little bubble? it's meant to be read aloud--'Again!'--and will lead both breathless readers and listeners to delighted giggles... A frothy, effervescent gift. - Kirkus, starred review

The Greatest Show Off Earth

The Greatest Show Off Earth

Author: Margaret Mahy Format: Audio disc Release Date: 28/01/2019

The Haunting

The Haunting

Author: Margaret Mahy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

A brand-new edition of the Carnegie Medal-winning THE HAUNTING - written by internationally bestselling author, Margaret Mahy. 'Strong and terrifying . . . The novel winds up like a spring. A psychological thriller' - Times Literary Supplement Eight-year-old Barney has been haunted before. He thought it was something he'd just grow out of, like the imaginary friends his step-mother believes he has. But this time it's different. Footsteps follow him, there's a demanding voice barking orders and Barney begins to feel that sometimes his body is not his own at all . . . With the help of his sisters, Tabitha and Troy, Barney sets out to uncover the truth about their family secrets and to find out once and for all who it is who's haunting him. A thrilling ghost story about a 'mostly ordinary' family and a secret legacy.

The Changeover

The Changeover

Author: Margaret Mahy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

A brand-new edition of the Carnegie Medal-winning THE CHANGEOVER - written by internationally bestselling author, Margaret Mahy. 'A gorgeous, strange, unforgettable story . . . I more than loved it' Laini Taylor - author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone 'A clammy hand pressed Laura down onto her knees beside Jacko's bed. It was the hand of terror, nothing less.' It was a warning. Laura felt it when she looked in the mirror that morning. There had been others: the day her father left home, the day she met Sorensen - the boy with the strange silver eyes. But nothing had prepared Laura for the horror of today. And now her little brother, Jacko, was fighting for his life after being sucked dry of his youth by the sinister Carmody Braque. Laura knows there is only one way to save Jacko; she must join Sorensen and use his supernatural powers to change over if there is to be any hope for her little brother. An unforgettable, supernatural romance.

The Margaret Mahy Collection

The Margaret Mahy Collection

Author: Margaret Mahy Format: Audio disc Release Date: 28/03/2017

Tale of a Tail

Tale of a Tail

Author: Margaret Mahy Illustrator: Tony Ross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2014

Strange and exciting things are in store when Tom and his mum move to Prodigy Street one ordinary Thursday. There's a man with a magical name, a friendly dog with a powerful, waggy tail, and some remarkable surprises when anyone makes a wish. Includes more than 50 hilarious black and white illustrations by Tony Ross, who also illustrates Francesca Simon's Horrid Henry books and David Walliams' children's books, as well as his own picture books.

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