More book recommendations.

Alex alex.mb at
Mon Sep 3 15:00:24 EDT 2001

I love Margaret Mahy too.

Has anyone else read 24 hours, her most recent book. It's not fantasy though
the events are fantastic in a way. It describes 24 hours in the life of a
wealthy suburban boy and shows how quickly one's perception of oneself and
the world can change.

I loved it because although there was no magic in it, everything felt
mysterious and as if it could tip over into a magical world at any point. It
reminded me of how enchanting and frightening things seem when you are
young - you want to become involved but feel scared of that involvement.
Hope I haven't spoiled it for anyone.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-dwj at [mailto:owner-dwj at]On Behalf Of
> Sophie Liebregts
> Sent: 03 September 2001 14:47
> To: dwj at
> Subject: More book recommendations.
> Oh dear,
> Such an overwhelming amount of recommendations, so
> little book time. (I am moving in about 10 days time
> and do not expect to how much leasure time for a long
> while after that either).
> Well, as if that wasn't enough, my tuppence worth.
> In the category "books for children/young adults that
> are still interesting", did any of you ever try any of
> Margaret Mahy's books?  I think she's from New
> Zealand. The Changeover is a wonderful book, it does
> appeal to adolescents in that it is partly about the
> change from girl to woman (as well as the more magical
> witch initiation), but as it is very well written, you
> can imagine her world from the hero's point of view.
> Her other books have been good as well, although I
> haven't read them for ages now, as they are lurking in
> Holland still.
> When I havel more time (whenever THAT is) I will
> organise all your suggestions in a file and of course,
> in time, I will actually read the most tasty-sounding
> ones.
> Sophie
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