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.