I awoke to the sad news that Children’s book author, the great Margaret Mahy passed away at age 76 after a brief illness. Mahy wrote over 200 books and poems, and is considered to be one of New Zealand’s finest and most acclaimed writers. Her books have been translated into 15 languages and she has won numerous awards and honors for her body of work. Ms. Mahy has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Hans Christian Anderson award. She wrote her first book at age seven.
I know I am only one among so many that are deeply saddened by the loss of such a strong voice for children’s literature. It has been a very sad year as we have lost many greats in the genre. I am sure there will be a huge outpouring from the children’s literature community and I will do my best to gather as many links to the tributes as I can find.
Rest in peace Margaret Mahy, you touched the world and generations with your work and you will be terribly missed.
Judith Ridge at Misrule