I was very sad to hear of Margaret Mahy’s passing. I first came to know her from her superb YA novel, The Changover and then became a complete fan by way of several delightful books for much younger readers. In particular, I adored The Great Piratical Rumbustification & The Librarian and the Robbers. These two novellas were perfect read-alouds for 4th graders— silly, clever, and fantastic fun.
I was incredibly lucky to meet Margaret at a couple of the summer institutes of Children’s Literature New England and hear her wonderful storytelling first hand. I remember vividly her doing Down the Back of the Chair and telling several personal and hysterical stories, one that I can only recall as having something to do with her children and a hectic car ride (I think maybe involving someone having been hurt?).
A few of the many tributes:
Another great loss to the world of children’s literature.