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British (and Aussie and Kiwi!) invasion

Our fandom knows no borders! Some of our best-loved fantasy authors come to us from across the pond (or, in Garth Nix’s and Margaret Mahy’s cases, across the equator). We’ve highlighted a few essential articles by/about each author, as well some adoring blog posts; click on an author’s name to see all Horn Book content […]

Review of The Man from the Land of Fandango

Review of The Man from the 
Land of Fandango by Margaret Mahy. From the November/December 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Remembering Margaret Mahy: March 21, 1936-July 23, 2012

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 […]

Margaret Mahy (1936-2012)

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, […]

Boston Globe – Horn Book Acceptance: Bubble Trouble

by Margaret Mahy When I worked as a librarian for the School Library Service in New Zealand, one of my jobs was reading book reviews and ordering such books as were praised and recommended. The Horn Book was extremely important to me back then, particularly since it featured such thoughtful and reliable reviews, along with […]

An Interview with Margaret Mahy

Acclaimed author Margaret Mahy has won accolades for her novels, including Carnegie Medals for both The Haunting and The Changeover. Her picture books The Great White Man-Eating Shark and The Three- Legged Cat have become classics, and Bubble Trouble, illustrated by Polly Dunbar, was recently named the winner of a 2009 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. […]

Five questions for Margaret Mahy

New Zealander Margaret Mahy has written everything from metaphorically rich fantasy (The Changeover) to gritty YA fiction (Memory) to riotously funny picture books (The Great White Man-Eating Shark). A former librarian, she’s also a storyteller whose repertoire includes an extended tongue-twister involving a baby in a bubble and lots and lots of trouble (not to […]

“Accumulated Power”

By Margaret Mahy When I was a child, books published in the U.S. were difficult to come by in New Zealand, dominated as it was by its trading relationship with Britain. But by the time I came to read to my daughters, the publishing world had changed. I was able to read them Blueberries for […]