We are saddened to learn about the passing of Margaret Mahy, New Zealand’s Grande Dame of children’s literature. Ms. Mahy’s many awards and accolades include the Hans Christian Andersen Medal (2006); Carnegie Medals for The Haunting (1982) and The Changeover (1984); and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Bubble Trouble (2009), illustrated by Polly Dunbar, and Honor Book Awards for Memory (1988) and The Changeover (1985).
La Mahy was a great friend to The Horn Book, and in 2009 I was thrilled to be able to speak with her at her home. Like the great lady herself, the place was warm, welcoming, and full of life, and our conversation felt like chatting with an old friend. Follow the links below to read some of her Horn Book contributions.
An Interview with Margaret Mahy. From the November/December 2009 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.
Five Questions for Margaret Mahy. From the May 2009 issue of Notes from the Horn Book.
Accumulated Power from the March/April 1997 special issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Family Reading.
And here’s a little picture MM drew for Roger.