Margaret Mahy has published over 200 children’s titles and was awarded the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award for writing in 2006. After graduating from Auckland University College and Canterbury University College, in 1955, with a BA, Margaret attended the New Zealand Library School in Wellington, received her Librarian’s diploma, and then went to work for the Petone Public Library. In 1967 she worked for the School Library Service in Christchurch. During this time she had stories published in the New Zealand School Journal and her first book, A Lion in the Meadow was published in 1969. Margaret went on to win the Carnegie Medal twice, in 1982 for The Haunting and in 1984 for The Changeover.