Winning Year: 1984
Author: Margaret Mahy
Title: The Changeover

Original Publisher: Dent
Current Publisher: Hachette
Format: Modern Classic Paperback
ISBN: 0007155018
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From the moment she saw the face in the mirror Laura Chant knew that something dreadful was going to happen. It wasn't the first time she'd been forewarned. But never before had anything so terrible happened.

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coming of age


Margaret Mahy born in Whakatane, New Zealand in 1936, the eldest of five children, with a huge extended family in the surrounding neighbourhood. She was a solitary little tomboy, living in her own world and talking out loud to herself. She knew she would be a writer.

She studied philosophy at university in Auckland and Christchurch, and then qualified as a librarian, specialising in children's reading. She brought up her two daughters alone, which at the time meant life was often tough. In 1968, an American publisher spotted one of her stories published in a journal issued to New Zealand schools. They asked for more and Margaret sent them one hundred; fifteen years of unpublished work. They were accepted and in 1980 she became a full time writer.