Magical Margaret Mahy

Magical Margaret Mahy

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Throughout her childhood she was making up stories. Before she could write she drew them. By the time she was seven she knew she wanted to write books. Margaret Mahy was a wizard of words and a spinner of magical stories. She was New Zealand's best known author for children, wrote more than 200 books and often appeared in a purple wig or a penguin suit while she delighted audiences with vivacious readings of her stories. But who was Margaret Mahy? What was she like as a child? How did she become a writer? Where did her weird and wonderful ideas come from? Turn these pages and step into a world of the magical Margaret Mahy.
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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 131 x 200 x 9mm | 124g
  • Penguin Books (NZ)
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 0143568817
  • 9780143568810

About Betty Gilderdale

Betty Gilderdale is a scholar, educator, and an expert on New Zealand children's literature. She has worked as a lecturer, and her pioneering study, A Sea Change- 145 Years of New Zealand Junior Fiction (1982), won the PEN Award for best first book of prose. She has written numerous research papers, reviews of children's books, as well as entries in reference publications. Gilderdale's major biography, The Seven Lives of Lady Barker, was published in 1996. Betty is also the author of the now classic The Little Yellow Digger, which has remained in print for over twenty years. The Betty Gilderdale Award has been named in her honour, and in 2014 she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to children's literature.
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