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Margaret Mahy is one of the world's best and most famous children's authors… and she was born right here in New Zealand on March 21, 1936.

Margaret always had a passion for books and writing. She wrote her first story at just seven years old!

After having several stories published in the New Zealand School Journal, Margaret Mahy published her first children's picture book, A Lion in the Meadow, in 1969… 50 years ago, this year!

Later in life, Margaret said (during an interview) that this was her favourite book because it was short and she found it hard to write really short books.

In 1980, Margaret became a full-time writer and went on to win numerous awards for her books and her contribution to NZ and children's literature.

Margaret died in 2012, but her literary legacy lives on! She is the author of more than 150 titles, which have been translated into many different languages and sold around the world.

To celebrate her immortal stories, and the joy she has brought to so many children, please join us in celebrating her this month.

One of OUR favourite Margaret Mahy stories is The Witch in the Cherry Tree. 

In this book, David and his mother are using a rainy day to bake, and the delicious smells bring a greedy witch to their garden. Witches love to steal freshly baked cakes! She is going to use every magic trick she knows to steal their scrumptious treats, but David outsmarts her!

To celebrate Margaret's birthday why not ask your Mum, Dad or a caregiver, if you can bake cupcakes (just like David did in The Witch in the Cherry Tree) to mark this special month?


Get the Edmonds Beginners Cookbook cupcake recipe here…

... OR maybe you can come up with your own special way to celebrate Margaret Mahy?



Fill in the form below and tell us (or share photos) about how you plan to celebrate Margaret Mahy this month and we'll put you into the draw to win a Margaret Mahy book bundle (and a bonus Edmonds Beginner's Cookbook) worth over $110. PLUS we have eight runners-up prizes to giveaway too!

The major prize winner will receive:

- A Lion in the Meadow hardback (RRP $29.99)

- The Witch in the Cherry Tree (RRP $19.99)

- Aunt Nasty (RRP $15.99)

- The Haunting (RRP $19.99)

- Edmonds Beginner's Cookbook (RRP $24.99)

Each runner-up will receive a copy of The Witch in the Cherry Tree AND an Edmonds Beginner's Cookbook.


This competition is now closed.

Legal stuff…

1. Entry is open to children aged 13 years and under living in New Zealand, with parental consent, only.

2. Winners' names will be posted in the Winners section of the Upstart website within two days of the closing date.

3. Prizes are non-transferrable and cannot be exchanged for money or other goods.

4. Judge's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into

5. Winners should allow 10 business days for delivery of their prize.

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