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Margaret Mahy (1936–2012)

Autor(a) de The Seven Chinese Brothers

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About the Author

Margaret Mahy was born on March 21, 1936 in Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. She received a B.A. degree from the University of New Zealand. She worked as a nurse, an assistant librarian, and a children's librarian in England and New Zealand. Her first book, A Lion in the Meadow, was published mostrar mais in 1969. She became a full-time author in 1980. During her lifetime, she wrote more than 120 children's books including The Haunting, The Changeover, Memory, The Seven Chinese Brothers, The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate and A Summery Saturday Morning. She won the Esther Glen Award five times, the Carnegie Medal of the British Library Association three times, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Hans Christian Andersen Award, and in 1999, she won the New Zealand Post Children's Book Award in two categories, Picture Book and Supreme Award. She died after a brief illness on July 23, 2012 at the age of 76. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Margaret Mahy

The Seven Chinese Brothers (1990) 1,427 exemplares
The Changeover (1984) 831 exemplares
The Haunting (1982) 329 exemplares
The Boy Who Was Followed Home (1800) 328 exemplares
A Summery Saturday Morning (1998) 324 exemplares
Bubble Trouble (1991) 321 exemplares
The Tricksters (1985) 307 exemplares
Catalogue of the Universe (1985) 276 exemplares
Maddigan's Fantasia (2005) 254 exemplares
17 Kings and 42 Elephants (1987) 253 exemplares
Memory (1987) 212 exemplares
Alchemy (2002) 203 exemplares
The Rattlebang Picnic (1994) 200 exemplares
Down the Back of the Chair (2006) 185 exemplares
The World in 1492 (1992) 184 exemplares
A Lion in the Meadow (1969) 165 exemplares
Aliens in the Family (1985) 162 exemplares
The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate (1600) 130 exemplares
The Magician of Hoad (2008) 129 exemplares
The Pirates' Mixed-up Voyage (1983) 120 exemplares
Underrunners (1992) 115 exemplares
24 Hours (2000) 115 exemplares
The Other Side of Silence (1995) 108 exemplares
The Three-Legged Cat (1993) 103 exemplares
Dangerous Spaces (1991) 102 exemplares
The Librarian and the Robbers (1978) 84 exemplares
Jam (1985) 82 exemplares
The Five Sisters (1996) 76 exemplares
Leaf magic (1976) 73 exemplares
The Witch in the Cherry Tree (1974) 64 exemplares
The Green Bath (2013) 60 exemplares
The Horrendous Hullabaloo (1992) 59 exemplares
The Girl with the Green Ear (1992) 58 exemplares
Raging Robots and Unruly Uncles (1981) 56 exemplares
Boom Baby Boom Boom (1996) 54 exemplares
The Man from the Land of Fandango (1600) — Autor — 54 exemplares
The Dragon of an Ordinary Family (1969) 53 exemplares
When the King Rides By (1986) 53 exemplares
The Good Fortunes Gang (1993) 52 exemplares
The Horribly Haunted School (1997) 48 exemplares
Kaitangata Twitch (2005) 46 exemplares
Making Friends (1990) 43 exemplares
Nonstop Nonsense (1977) 42 exemplares
A Busy Day for a Good Grandmother (1993) 39 exemplares
The Boy With Two Shadows (1987) 39 exemplares
Dashing Dog (2002) 35 exemplares
Beaten by a Balloon (1997) 34 exemplares
The Christmas Tree Tangle (1994) 33 exemplares
The Gargling Gorilla (2003) 33 exemplares
Simply Delicious! (1999) 32 exemplares
The Dragon's Birthday (1863) 32 exemplares
The Greatest Show off Earth (1600) 31 exemplares
My Wonderful Aunt, Story One (1986) 29 exemplares
A Fortunate Name (1993) 29 exemplares
Fantail Fantail (1989) 29 exemplares
The Pirate Uncle (1977) 29 exemplares
Clancy's Cabin (1974) 28 exemplares
Guinea Pig Grass (1987) 27 exemplares
Keeping House (1991) 27 exemplares
Mr. Rumfitt (1987) 26 exemplares
Fingers on the Back of the Neck (1998) 26 exemplares
Mister Whistler (2012) 26 exemplares
The Queen's Goat (1991) 25 exemplares
The dark blue 100-ride bus ticket (2009) 24 exemplares
The Girl Who Washed in Moonlight (1605) 23 exemplares
The Riddle of the Frozen Phantom (2001) 23 exemplares
Don't Read This! : And Other Tales of the Unnatural (1994) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
Feeling Funny (1986) 22 exemplares
The tree doctor (1987) 22 exemplares
My Wonderful Aunt: Story Two (1986) 22 exemplares
Organ Music (2010) 22 exemplares
The man who enjoyed grumbling (1986) 21 exemplares
Bus Under the Leaves (1974) 21 exemplares
The New House Villain (1987) 21 exemplares
Crocodile, crocodile (1990) 21 exemplares
The Garden Party (1986) 21 exemplares
Midnight Story (1996) 20 exemplares
Trouble on the Bus (1986) 20 exemplares
Down the dragon's tongue (2000) 20 exemplares
A Fortune Branches Out (1993) 20 exemplares
The Three Magicians (1990) 19 exemplares
Tangled Fortunes (1994) 19 exemplares
My Wonderful Aunt: Story Three (1986) 19 exemplares
The Funny Funny Clown Face (1987) 18 exemplares
A Villain's Night Out (1999) 18 exemplares
Down in the Dump with Dinsmore (1999) 18 exemplares
The Spider in the Shower (1984) 18 exemplares
No dinner for Sally (1989) 17 exemplares
A Tall Story and Other Tales (1991) 16 exemplares
The Haunting of Miss Cardamon (1987) 16 exemplares
Going to the Beach (1984) 16 exemplares
The Margaret Mahy Treasury (2011) 16 exemplares
The Adventures of a Kite (1985) 15 exemplares
My Wonderful Aunt: Story Four (1988) 14 exemplares
The Moon and Farmer McPhee (2010) 14 exemplares
My Mysterious World (1995) 13 exemplares
Giant Soup (1984) 13 exemplares
Wibble-wobble (1984) 12 exemplares
The Tin Can Band and Other Poems (1989) 12 exemplares
Iris La Bonga and the Locked Door (1990) 12 exemplares
The Mad Puppet (1987) 12 exemplares
A pet to the vet (Sunshine books) (1986) 12 exemplares
The Wind Between the Stars (1976) 11 exemplares
Solar Systems: Fact or Fiction (1990) 11 exemplares
Operation Terror (Surfers) (1600) 11 exemplares
A Very Wicked Headmistress (1995) 11 exemplares
The pop group (Sunshine books) (1986) 10 exemplares
The Dentist's Promise (1991) 10 exemplares
The Tale of a Tail (2014) 9 exemplares
An Elephant in the House (1986) 9 exemplares
Portable ghosts (2006) 9 exemplares
The Witch Dog (2014) 9 exemplares
The Fiddle and the Gun ( (1992) 8 exemplares
Tai Taylor and the Sweet Annie (1987) 8 exemplares
Wait for Me! (2003) 8 exemplares
Muppy's Ball (Sunshine Readers) (1987) 7 exemplares
The procession (1969) 7 exemplares
The Little Witch (1970) 7 exemplares
Mrs. Discombobulous (1969) 7 exemplares
My Wonderful Aunt Story Six (1988) 6 exemplares
Moppy's ball (Sunshine books) (1986) 6 exemplares
The Catten (1985) 6 exemplares
The dragon's telephone (1994) 6 exemplares
Clever Hamburger (Tiddlywinks) (1985) 6 exemplares
Footsteps through the fog (2012) 5 exemplares
Aunt Nasty (2016) 5 exemplares
Leap year (1996) 5 exemplares
The Crocodile in the Garden (1985) 5 exemplares
The cake (1985) 5 exemplares
Me and My Dog (2003) 5 exemplares
The Little Round Husband (1990) 5 exemplares
The Princess and the Clown (1971) 4 exemplares
Pillycock's Shop (1969) 4 exemplares
Mrs Bubble's Baby (1983) 4 exemplares
Rooms for rent (1974) 3 exemplares
The Magician's Lunch (1986) 3 exemplares
The Earthquake (1985) 3 exemplares
The big black bulging bump (1995) 3 exemplares
Arguments (Read-Alongs) (1986) 3 exemplares
The Baby-sitter (1988) 3 exemplares
A Crocodile in the Library (1989) 3 exemplares
A Good Knee for a Cat * (1997) 3 exemplares
Mouse Wedding (Tiddlywinks) (1991) 3 exemplares
Beautiful Pig (1988) 3 exemplares
Mr Rooster (1988) 3 exemplares
The Great Car Clean-out (2002) 3 exemplares
White Elephants (1996) 3 exemplares
Tinny Tiny Tinker (Tiddlywinks) (1989) 3 exemplares
Off to the Shop (2001) 2 exemplares
De papegaaien van Chibbawokki (1992) 2 exemplares
David's Witch Doctor (1976) 2 exemplares
The Bubbling Crocodile (1989) 2 exemplares
Le monstre de la caverne noire (1995) 2 exemplares
Rapimento in biblioteca (2021) 1 exemplar
Fantail (Ready to Read) (1998) 1 exemplar
Look Under V 1 exemplar
The Old Bus 1 exemplar
Crocodile Lake (1997) 1 exemplar
Zerelda's horses (2005) 1 exemplar
De draaimolen (1987) 1 exemplar
Zijn moeder was zeerover (1985) 1 exemplar
De bende van Fortuin (1995) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Young Warriors: Stories of Strength (2005) — Contribuidor — 614 exemplares
It's Great To Be Eight (1997) — Contribuidor — 262 exemplares
Free? Stories About Human Rights (2009) — Contribuidor — 117 exemplares
Best Shorts: Favorite Stories for Sharing (2006) — Contribuidor — 89 exemplares
The Wilful Eye (2011) — Contribuidor — 81 exemplares
The Kingfisher Treasury of Witch and Wizard Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 63 exemplares
Illustrated Treasury of Modern Literature for Children (1985) — Contribuidor — 61 exemplares
Centuries of Stories (1999) — Contribuidor — 55 exemplares
911: The Book of Help (2002) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
Celebrate Cricket: 30 Years of Stories and Art (2003) — Contribuidor — 43 exemplares
Bones: Terrifying Tales to Haunt Your Dreams (2011) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
The Picador Book of Contemporary New Zealand Fiction (1996) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
Dragons, Dragons, Dragons (1972) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2011 (2012) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
The Ghost Story Treasury (1987) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Midnight Feast (2007) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
The Inward Sun: Celebrating the Life and Work of Janet Frame (1994) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Snapshots (1995) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 3, November 1977 (1971) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 12, August 1977 (1970) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



RIP Margaret Mahy em The Green Dragon (Agosto 2012)
YA Sci-fi/Fantasy Alchemist??? em Name that Book (Agosto 2010)


This novel examines two aspects of memory through the main characters, 19 year old Jonny and an elderly woman, Sophie, suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. Jonny has been haunted for the last five years by the experience of witnessing his elder sister's death. His life has been derailed into booze and getting into fights, and on the anniversary of Janine's death he goes looking for the other witness, Janine's best friend Bonny, wanting to check whether his memory is really accurate. However, he encounters Sophie instead and soon finds himself becoming her caregiver despite his better judgement, especially when it seems she is being swindled by someone who is posing as her landlord.

As with other Mahy fiction, the characters are well fleshed out. The portrayal of Alzheimer's is all too convincing. A touching relationship develops as Jonny finds someone who needs him and in caring for her he gradually moves away from obsession with his own troubles, ironically finding answers to those along the way.

The book would be a good way of explaining this form of dementia to its original age range audience, but I think they would probably find the 1980s teenage trappings - a tape-based Walkman that Jonny relies on to blot out his surroundings being chief among them - and the lack of today's mobile phone culture too dated, which is a pity. I also found the story dragged a bit in the middle before it built up steam for the ending chapters, and I'm not convinced by the mild results of Jonny's dramatic action.

As far as the authorial decision to make two of the character names Jonny and Bonny, perhaps this is meant to drive home the way he has projected so much of his own fantasies onto his sister's friend so that she is almost an aspect of himself, but that could be reading too much into it. But if not it is an odd naming choice. On balance, a 3-star read.
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kitsune_reader | 5 outras críticas | Nov 23, 2023 |
This book is aimed at an older age group than previous Mahy books I've read as it explores teenage sexuality, family relationships including the fallout from parental divorce and the female protagonist's mother commencing on a relationship with a new boyfriend, and the emotional estrangement experienced by the male protagonist who was brought up by a foster family and beaten by his foster father when the latter lost his job and turned to drink.

All this almost overshadows the supernatural part of the plot whereby Laura Chant (no relation to Christopher Chant in Diana Wynne Jones' Chrestomanci series, although it transpires that she is a latent witch) and her little brother Jacko encounter an unpleasant old man who is the proprietor of a new shop selling trinkets in the shopping area near their house. Laura has woken up with a premonition of something awful happening, which her mother Kate dismisses, but despite this she is unable to prevent the old man putting a picture stamp of his own face on the back of her brother's hand. The stamp cannot be washed off and sinks into Jacko's flesh and soon he is deathly ill, as the old man, a type of vampire, drains off his life force to sustain his own failing and centuries old existence.

No one will believe Laura about the cause of her brother's illness so she is forced to turn to Sorensen, an older prefect from school whom her latent powers have previously caused her to identify as some kind of witch, and to his witch mother and grandmother. Sorensen is cynical, sarcastic and a bit of a user, mainly because his mother had him fostered because he wasn't a girl and she believed he had not inherited her powers, erroneously as it turned out. Given that Laura is only 14 and he is 17, I found his initial overtures, especially groping her when she goes to see him for help, a bit creepy. Laura is a strong character and she does defend her position, but it still made for uncomfortable reading, probably because of the developments which have occurred in society since the book was published in 1984.

I do realise that, if read at the right age, this book would probably be very absorbing as it has a female protagonist who is a strong defender of her brother and who eventually becomes a powerful witch, so the fact that I found the middle of the story to drag when Jacko is in hospital and nothing much is happening, is probably due to my not being the intended readership. Because of that and my reservations about the boy's conduct, especially at the beginning, I can only rate this 2 stars.
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kitsune_reader | 36 outras críticas | Nov 23, 2023 |
This book, published in 1982, won the Carnegie Medal and is a nice spooky tale for middle grade children, with a difference. It is quite short being a children's book from the era when such books were fairly short, but tells the tale of a quiet boy, Barney, who just wants to be normal but to whom extraordinary things begin to happen. It starts when he is coming home from school and is confronted on the way by what appears to be a lifesize paper model of a Victorian boy which then tells him Barnaby is dead and it is going to be very lonely. I did like the description of the figure swinging this way and that and then spinning round faster and faster until it vanishes in flakes of blue paper - not your average ghost!

The story takes a twist as Barney begins to realise that it is perhaps not a ghost at all but that he is being haunted by a living mysterious member of his family, a member who had uncanny powers and was in effect banished. This person now wants Barney for his own and is coming back, inflicting Barney with all kinds of 'hauntings' such as audible footsteps and visions of what is witnessed on the journey.

There is a nice spooky atmosphere, and the characters are also well realised, with even Barney's talkative sister, a would-be novelist, covering over as interesting rather than annoying. And there is a good twist at the end and a nice acknowledgement of the tensions within even happy families.
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kitsune_reader | 10 outras críticas | Nov 23, 2023 |
I liked the character of Sophie, and the friendship between her and Jonny. I thought Jonny's storyline was a little lacking and unbelievable, though. It seemed at times that he was dealing with mental illness, even.

There honestly wasn't much of a plot to propel forward.

There were several sexual references that would be appropriate enough for a teen, but not so much for a grade-schooler, so I don't know why so many people have it categorized as a children's book.

There was also some mild profanity, and the flippant use of God's name as an exclamation.

It wasn't the most terrible read, but it also wasn't good enough to recommend to others.
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RachelRachelRachel | 5 outras críticas | Nov 21, 2023 |



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