Friday, July 27, 2012

Margaret Mahy Dies at Age 76

As a young girl, one of my favorite books to read was Ultraviolet Catastrophe!: Or, The Unexpected Walk with Great-Uncle Magnus Pringle by Margaret Mahy! The story and illustrations are fabulous.

Margaret Mahy passed away on Monday, July 23, 2012 and was a beloved author in her own country of New Zealand and around the world. She wrote more than 120 books. 

In an article published in the Washington Post, titled Beloved New Zealand children’s author Margaret Mahy dies; 2-time Carnegie Medal winner by the Associated Press, comes the following quote:
Mahy’s best-known books include “A Lion in the Meadow,” ‘’The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate” and “Bubble Trouble.”

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.

Prime Minister John Key said in a statement Tuesday that Mahy was “widely acknowledged as one of this country’s finest authors, and one of the world’s greatest writers of children’s and young adults’ stories.”
It's sad to lose yet another wonderfully talented and gifted author this year. May Margaret Mahy rest in peace.

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