Author: Margaret Mahy

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Book:Bubble Trouble

Bubble Trouble

Margaret Mahy, Polly Dunbar

Another hilarious rhyming romp from the team who brought us the popular Down the Back of the Chair.

When little Mabel’s bubble gets away from her, it’s her baby brother who gets into trouble. Soon he’s floating out of the house, above the fence, and all over town! And it’s up to Mabel, Mother, and the rest of the townspeople to get him safely back down. Who knew that so much trouble could come from one little bubble?

Book:The Changeover

The Changeover

Margaret Mahy

From the moment she saw the face in the mirror, Laura Chant knew that something dreadful was going to happen. It wasn't the first time she'd been forewarned. But never before had anything so terrible happened. The horrifyingly evil Carmody Braque touched and branded her little brother - and now Jacko was very ill, getting steadily worse. There was only one way to save him. Laura had to change over: had to release her supernatural powers. And that meant joining forces with the extraordinary and enigmatic Sorenson Carlisle!

Book:The Haunting

The Haunting

Margaret Mahy

The family of Barney's dead mother is aware that there is something special about this particular boy. As he resigns himself to being haunted again, his sister and brother set out to discover the reason behind his supernatural attraction. This book won the Carnegie Medal.

Book:The Dragon of an Ordinary Family

The Dragon of an Ordinary Family

Margaret Mahy, Helen Oxenbury

The Belsaki family appear at first to be an ordinary family, but they acquire the most extraordinary pet. Mr Belsaki is determined not to be a "fuddy-duddy" so he buys a "dragon, house trained" from the local pet shop. The pet dragon grows and grows until it fills their whole yard and starts to breathe out smoke and fire.

Book:The Tricksters

The Tricksters

Margaret Mahy

It’s been five years since Jonny’s sister died. Wracked with guilt, he goes in search of answers and instead, ends up learning a lesson about reminiscing and loss from a woman with Alzheimer’s disease. An award-winning young adult novel sheds light on real-life issues.

Book:24 Hours

24 Hours

Margaret Mahy

It is seventeen-year-old Ellis's first night at home after graduating from prep school. By chance he bumps into Jackie Cattle, whom he remembers from grade school. Jackie is a couple of years older than Ellis, a drifter, disreputable, yet with an odd charm and a disarming wit.

For the next twenty-four hours, Ellis enters an extraordinary world on the fringe of society that he never knew existed. Jackie introduces him to life at the Land-of-Smiles, a dilapidated motel where nightly a strange collection of local characters gather to drink and talk. Two attractive sisters, Ursa and Leona, the elder studying to be a lawyer, live there. Leona loves and takes care of a baby whose mother stops in only once in a while. Then the baby disappears, and Ellis is thrust into a wild, sometimes almost violent search for the child.

This is a stunning novel that grips the reader as it sweeps to its conclusion. Rich characterization, breathtaking action, and an ultimately heartwarming solution distinguish this latest triumph of Margaret Mahy.

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