In Memory: Margaret Mahy

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Beloved New Zealand children’s author Margaret Mahy dies; Two-time Carnegie Medal winner by the Associated Press from The Washington Post. Peek: “She won the Carnegie Medal for outstanding children’s writing twice and in 2006 won the Hans Christian Andersen Award for her lifetime contribution to children’s literature. She was one of 20 living people to hold her country’s highest honor, the Order of New Zealand, and her books were translated into 15 languages.”

Margaret Mahy’s Intimate Legacy by Bronwyn Sell from The New Zealand Herald. Peek: “t was a testament to her ability to keep the child bubbling away inside her, even well into her 70s. Mahy always had a healthy appreciation for the ridiculous, as well as a musician’s sense of sound and rhythm, and a sharp mind for running what was effectively an international export business.”

What I Learned from Margaret Mahy from Blog Idle with Moata. Peek: “…what I really learned from that book, what Margaret Mahy was good enough to want to teach me, was that a part-Māori girl living in the Christchurch ‘burbs could still be the heroine of her own story. She could be brave and scared but achieve extraordinary things.”

Margaret Mahy (1936-2012) by Elissa Gershowitz from The Horn Book. Note: a compilation to her contributions to the magazine.