Do you have your nominations in yet? You have until October 3rd!
All of mine were accepted! Thanks to morbane and kittydesade for making my Changeover nom as awesome as possible; apple_pathways and meinterrupted for collaborating with me so we could nom as many fairy tale archetypes as possible; and to ambyr for also nominating Curse Workers and helping me fill in my two undecided slots.
✔ Fairy Tales & Related Fandoms :
✔ Witch (Fairy Tales)
✔ Wolf (Fairy Tales)
✔ Curse Workers Series - Holly Black :
✔ Cassel Sharpe
✔ Lila Zacharov
✔ Chris Wasserman
✔ Barron Sharpe
✔ The Changeover - Margaret Mahy :
✔ Laura Chant
✔ Sorensen Carlisle
✔ Jacko Chant
✔ Carmody Braque
From a letter, May 1991.
“I expect your house in Aurora Terrace really feels like home now. But houses can be altered so easily. I have just acquired a puppy and it makes me think of the house differently, as a series of dog places and non-dog places, depending on the time of day. Nothing stands still for long, even when it has foundations and four walls.”
Please do yourself a favor and read the remembrance written by brilliant writer Elizabeth Knox about another brilliant writer, her friend, Margaret Mahy. (Confession: It made me cry.)
The above is from a letter Mahy wrote to her.
“But, anyway, I can say with certainty that she was one of the great heroes of my life. Of our lives.”
She was indeed.
Today we remember beloved New Zealand children’s book author Margaret Mahy, who passed away earlier this morning. Mahy was the author of dozens of memorable books for young readers, including such favorites as A Lion in the Meadow, Clancy’s Cabin, The Pirate Uncle, and Raging Robots and Unruly Uncles. Image via.
Margaret Mahy is, hands down, one of my favorite authors. It is hard to write about how much her words to me, especially since I just learned of her death. The Guardian’s write-up contains this quote: “It is in the nature of books, that they have the capacity to make you feel powerful about what you can alter and achieve in your life[.]” I can think of no more fitting description of her novels. Her legacy is in her readers, who have been transformed by her words.
I have never read Margaret Mahy. What books are good places to start?
Depends! She has written picture books, short stories, realistic novels, sci-fi, high fantasy, urban fantasy basically you can see one of the many reasons I…
The Changeover and The Tricksters are both, basically, perfect. I wax poetic about The Tricksters here. (Seriously, one of my essays to get into my college honors program was about how everyone should read The Tricksters.)
But for people who prefer contemporary novels, I recommend starting with Margaret Mahy’s Memory. It’s a story of guilt, identity, and healing. Absolute gem of a novel.