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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 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

Shock Forest and other magical stories: A Bloomsbury Reader

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 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 Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2020

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

Boom Baby Boom Boom

Boom Baby Boom Boom

Author: Margaret Mahy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2020

When Mama tells Baby that she's made a lovely lunch for him, she doesn't know that the animals are listening at the window. And they are much hungrier than Baby. While Mama bangs on her drums - boom-biddy-boom-biddy-boom-boom-boom - the yellow cat, the brown dog, the red rooster, the black-faced sheep and the brown-and-white cow each eats a titbit thrown on the floor by Baby. Good Baby, who has eaten all his dinner, gets a banana for pudding and, this time, he eats it all up. Boom-biddy-boom-biddy-yum-yum-yum! Children will love joining in the story as the animals enter one by one to gobble up the baby's lunch in this wonderful read-aloud story from bestselling author Margaret Mahy and beloved illustrator Margaret Chamberlain.

Underrunners

Underrunners

Author: Margaret Mahy Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/06/2019

The Pirates' Mixed-Up Voyage

The Pirates' Mixed-Up Voyage

Author: Margaret Mahy Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/04/2019

The Horribly Haunted School

The Horribly Haunted School

Author: Margaret Mahy Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/03/2019

The Greatest Show Off Earth

The Greatest Show Off Earth

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

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