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Notable for her Carnegie Medal-winning young adult books The Changeover and The Haunting, Mahy also penned the classic and widely-translated works The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate and A Lion in the Meadow.
After studying at both Auckland University College and Canterbury University College, she trained as a librarian and was eventually hired as the Canterbury Public Library’s head Children’s Librarian.
Her numerous literary honors include the 2006 Hans Christian Andersen Award; the 2003 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Award; and the 2005 Phoenix Award.
How did Margaret Mahy die?
In 2007, Mahy adopted a cavoodle puppy she named Honey, because of her colour. Mahy died at the Nurse Maude Hospice in St Albans, Christchurch on 23 July 2012, aged 76. She had been diagnosed with an inoperable cancerous jaw tumour in April 2012 and had been moved to a hospice about nine days before her death.
|Cause of death||Cancer of jaw|
|Age of death||76 years|
|Profession||Young Adult Author|
|Birthday||March 21, 1936|
|Death date||July 23, 2012|
|Place of death||Christchurch, New Zealand|
|Place of burial||N/A|
"When you are reading, someone has done a lot of work on your behalf, someone has had ideas and has then written and corrected and improved them so that they can be shared."Margaret Mahy
"Every writer has to find their own way into writing."Margaret Mahy
"I once knew a house rather like The Land of Smiles - an old house occupied by a varied collection of young people, mainly students. However none of these people were true models for the characters in the book, though their way of life may have been."Margaret Mahy
"When you are writing, of course, you have to do all that writing and correcting for yourself. When I was a librarian it was expected that I would know about a wide range of books."Margaret Mahy
"Ellis's understanding of himself and the world around him certainly develops because of his adventures, and part of that development comes through recognizing other people for what they are."Margaret Mahy