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Margaret Mahy ONZ (born in Whakatane, New Zealand) is a well-known New Zealand author of children's and young adult books. While the plots of many of her books have strong supernatural elements, her writing concentrates on the themes of human relationships and growing up.Her books The Haunting and The Changeover both received the Carnegie Medal of the British Library Association. She has written a little less than 50 novels, including the recent Alchemy in 2002. Among her children's books, A Lion in the Meadow, The Seven Chinese Brothers, and The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate are considered national classics.