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Margaret Mahy (1936-2012)

Margaret Mahy

Margaret Mahy. Photo by Ken Silber.

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.

Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Acceptance speech for Bubble Trouble printed in the January/February 2010 Magazine and read by Clarion Books publicist Jennifer Groves at the 2009 awards ceremony.

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.

Cat sketch by Margaret Mahy.

And here’s a little picture MM drew for Roger.

Elissa Gershowitz About Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College and a BA from Oberlin College.

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  1. […] There was never anyone quite like her. Other amazing children’s writers have won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, but none had her extra‑ordinary range: verse; picture-book texts; books for every conceivable age group; scripts for radio, television, film; serials for newspapers and magazines. “I have been such a tradesman all my professional writing life,” she said once. But for the word tradesman, read wizard. […]

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