The Door in the Air and Other Stories

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Random House Children's Books, 1993 - Children's stories, New Zealand. - 112 pages
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Margaret Mahy's short story offerings are thrilling, compelling, hilarious, and provocative. Explore the realms where wizards grant wishes and wolves dance ballet, where a wind is something to ride and art is something to eat. This dazzling anthology demonstrates the writer's astonishing range and upholds her reputation as one of the greatest contemporary writers of children's books.

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About the author (1993)

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 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.

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