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Mahy, Margaret

Works: 908 works in 3,174 publications in 17 languages and 81,316 library holdings
Genres: Juvenile works  Fiction  Humorous fiction  Stories in rhyme  Picture books  Humorous poetry  Biography  Poetry  Young adult works  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Narrator, Bibliographic antecedent, Correspondent, Illustrator, Recipient
Classifications: PZ7.M2773, NZ823.2
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Margaret Mahy
Bubble trouble by Margaret Mahy( Book )

38 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 2,770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of humorous stories and poems featuring a baby flying in a bubble, a lovestruck crocodile, and a grandmother who is tired of winter
The seven Chinese brothers by Margaret Mahy( Book )

28 editions published between 1989 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 2,345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seven Chinese brothers elude execution by virtue of their extraordinary individual qualities
Memory by Margaret Mahy( Book )

38 editions published between 1987 and 2002 in 7 languages and held by 1,901 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the fifth anniversary of his older sister's death, nineteen-year-old Jonny Dart, troubled by feelings of guilt and an imperfect memory of the event, goes in search of the only other witness to the fatal accident and, through a chance meeting with a senile old woman, finds a way to free himself of the past
The rattlebang picnic by Margaret Mahy( Book )

9 editions published between 1994 and 1998 in English and held by 1,810 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The McTavishes, their seven children, and Granny McTavish take their old rattlebang of a car on a picnic up Mt. Fogg and have an exciting adventure
The haunting by Margaret Mahy( Book )

58 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 1,763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After a shy and rather withdrawn eight-year-old begins receiving frightening supernatural images and messages, he learns about a family legacy which could be considered a curse or a rare gift
The great white man-eating shark : a cautionary tale by Margaret Mahy( Book )

35 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in English and Finnish and held by 1,688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Norvin is a boy who looks like a shark. When he straps a homemade dorsal fin to his back and pretends to be a man-eating shark, all the other swimmers run for the beach. Norvin loves having the water to himself--until a real man-eating shark comes along!
The boy who was followed home by Margaret Mahy( Book )

48 editions published between 1975 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 1,672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A witch's pill is supposed to cure Robert of the hippopotami who daily follow him home from school--but there is one disadvantage to the treatment
The tricksters by Margaret Mahy( Book )

34 editions published between 1986 and 2001 in 6 languages and held by 1,487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While gathered together for the Christmas holiday, a large New Zealand family and their various guests and hangers-on find their lives suddenly invaded by three fascinating but rather sinister brothers and by New Year nothing is the same again
Underrunners by Margaret Mahy( Book )

19 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in 4 languages and held by 1,466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tris' imaginary world is invaded by real danger when he and his new friend Winola are kidnapped by Winola's estranged father. The underrunners, a network of tunnels beneath the tussock, provide no security against reality. Suggested level: intermediate, junior secondary
A summery Saturday morning by Margaret Mahy( Book )

25 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in English and held by 1,431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The children go down to the sea on a summery, Saturday morning, down the wiggly track, scattering shells and leaping logs. But first their dogs chase a cat, then they chase a boy on a rattly bike, then wild geese hiss and chase the children and the dogs and the walk is not so peaceful after all. Suggested level: junior, primary
Down the back of the chair by Margaret Mahy( Book )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 1,407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Dad loses his car keys, two-year-old Mary suggests they might be down the back of the chair. Dad begins the search, finding everything from a bandicoot to a bumblebee, as well as the solution to all the family's problems! Suggested level: junior
The blood-and-thunder adventure on Hurricane Peak by Margaret Mahy( Book )

35 editions published between 1989 and 2002 in 10 languages and held by 1,254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relates the tangled events that lead the students of the Unexpected School on Hurricane Peak to foil the wicked Sir Quincy and his accomplices and to solve several mysteries
Simply delicious! by Margaret Mahy( Book )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 1,178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A resourceful father engages in all kinds of acrobatic moves to keep an assortment of jungle creatures from getting the double-dip-chocolate-chip-and-cherry ice cream cone he is taking home to his son
The three-legged cat by Margaret Mahy( Book )

18 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mistaken identity means all their dreams come true when Mrs. Gimble's roving brother pays her and her three-legged cat his annual visit. Suggested level: preschool, junior
The great piratical rumbustification ; & the librarian and the robbers by Margaret Mahy( Book )

26 editions published between 1978 and 2012 in English and held by 1,105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the first story a pirate has reformed and become a respectable babysitter--or has he? In the second, A band of wicked robbers carry of a beautiful librarian
Boom, baby, boom, boom! by Margaret Mahy( Book )

14 editions published between 1996 and 2015 in English and held by 1,074 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's time for lunch. Leaving the baby to feed herself, Mum starts playing the drums, boom-boom-boom. But the animals are listening at the window are hungry, hungry, hungry... In creeps the cat, followed by the dog, the red rooster and his hens, the sheep and the cow. When Mum stops playing she is happy to see that baby has eaten every bit and bite of her lunch. Or has she? Suggested level: junior
Dangerous spaces by Margaret Mahy( Book )

23 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in 7 languages and held by 1,040 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthea is drawn into a ghostly nightmare when she finds some objects belonging to her great-uncle Henry. Suggested level: intermediate
Nonstop nonsense by Margaret Mahy( Book )

22 editions published between 1977 and 2015 in English and held by 1,018 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of whimsical stories and poems about such creatures as a word wizard, a poetical cat, and a very small ghost who lives inside a book
Margaret Mahy : a writer's life by Tessa Duder( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A literary portrait of New Zealand's best-loved children's author - a new edition. Margaret Mahy's death on 23 July 2012 brought forth an unprecedented outpouring of grief and heartfelt tributes from around New Zealand and the world. Her passing at 76 was breaking news in the media, unstoppable through the social networks, noted by political leaders in Parliament and by children in classrooms throughout the country. Margaret was one of the world's leading authors for younger readers for four decades. In her own country she was popularly known as the writer in the multicoloured wig who wrote marvellously funny picture books and enchanted generations of school children. Her story had its fairy-tale elements. In 1968, a hard-pressed solo mother of two daughters, working as a librarian by day and writing long into the night, she was 'discovered' by a leading American publisher who flew 'to the end of the earth' to offer her a multi-book publishing contract. From those first picture books, through the great novels of the 1980s and new books and awards right up to the year of her death, she came to be regarded as the third in New Zealand's literary pantheon, alongside Katherine Mansfield and Janet Frame. In 2006 her achievements were recognised by IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People), awarding her the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the world's 'Little Nobel', for her distinguished contribution to children's literature
A tall long faced tale Margaret Mahy in conversation with her own characters- and author Elizabeth Knox( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With assistance from writer Elizabeth Knox, and animated antics and questions from some of Margaret's very own characters such as The Lion from 'The Lion in the Meadow', we get to see the real Margaret Mahy as well as begin to understand what makes this author tick. Looks at what inspires Mahy as a writer, what fuels her creative process and what has helped her to write her tales
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The seven Chinese brothers
Alternative Names
Māhī, Māgaretto 1936-2012

Mahy, Margaret

Mahy, Margaret, 1936-

Mahy, Margaret May

Mahy, Margaret May 1936-2012

Margaret Mahy femme de lettres néo-zélandaise

Margaret Mahy neuseeländische Schriftstellerin

Margaret Mahy newzealandsk skribent

Margaret Mahy nyzealandsk skribent

Margaret Mahy nyzeeländsk författare

Margaret Mahy schrijfster uit Nieuw-Zeeland (1936-2012)

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Махи, Маргарет

מרגרט מייהי

مارگارت ماهی نویسنده نیوزلندی

마이, 마거릿 1936-


マーヒー, マーガレット

マヘイ, マーガレット

メイヒー, マーガレット


The seven Chinese brothersMemoryThe rattlebang picnicThe hauntingThe great white man-eating shark : a cautionary taleThe boy who was followed homeThe trickstersUnderrunners