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ISBN: 0689829108
Author: David Loew,Margaret Mahy
Language: English
Publisher: Simon Pulse (September 1, 1999)
Pages: 272
Category: Growing Up & Facts of Life
Subcategory: Kids
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 762
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Margaret Mahy knows that, and this coming-of-age tale is all about human sexuality without ever being crass. Best of all, Mahy trusts her reader's intelligence.

Margaret Mahy knows that, and this coming-of-age tale is all about human sexuality without ever being crass. Mahy also pulls off a Megan Whalen Turner worthy twist when it comes to the family saga side of things. THE TRICKSTERS is sometimes confusing, as Mahy rarely explains exactly what's going on. You have to put it together yourself. Often, you have to make your own decision about what happened.

by Margaret Mahy & illustrated by David Loew.

Margaret Mahy of New Zealand wrote more than 100 picture books, 40 novels and 20 short story collections, among other works. Variant titles are given in parentheses, prefaced by ". Margaret Mahy bibliography at the University of Auckland Library's New Zealand Literature File.

But Margaret Mahy has written tons of books Best of all, Mahy trusts her reader's intelligence.

But Margaret Mahy has written tons of books. While some of them don't work for me, THE TRICKSTERS may be even better than THE CHANGEOVER.

Title: The Tricksters. Author: Margaret Mahy. Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy. Publisher: Simon Pulse Publication date: First published in 1986 Paperback: 336 Pages. When three fascinating but sinister brothers mysteriously appear at her family’s beach house, Harry feels as if she summoned them herself.

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Margaret Mahy ONZ (21 March 1936 – 23 July 2012) was a New Zealand author of children's and young adult books. Many of her story plots have strong supernatural elements but her writing concentrates on the themes of human relationships and growing up. She wrote more than 100 picture books, 40 novels and 20 collections of short stories. At her death she was one of thirty writers to win the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for her "lasting contribution to children's literature".

Used availability for Margaret Mahy's The Tricksters. September 1999 : USA Library Binding.

Three short zany stories, all featuring weird and wonderful animals with illustrations by Tony Ross. Someone who could put a spell on Marriott. The Gargling Gorilla, The Runaway Reptiles and The Dog Magician – three hilarious stories in one volume from an award-winning author with a wicked sense of humour.

Seventeen-year-old Ariadne Hamilton, vacationing with her family at the New Zealand seaside, finds her life turned upside down by three fascinating--but sinister--brothers who have come with a purpose in mind. Reprint.

Comments:

Berkohi
This was one of the first Margaret Mahy books I ever read, and afterwards I became fanatical about tracking down her books and devouring them. (The only other young adult author I would classify in the same sentence as Mahy is Madeline L'Engle.) I first read this book when I was about 15, and I cannot tell you how strongly I identified with the character of Harry. Not because of the outward descriptors (middle child, writer, etc.), but because of the essence of her character. Mahy's young adult fiction is so effective because she somehow manages to remember what it really felt like to be a teenager. I just turned 30, and re-read this book recently, and it amazed me how quickly those feelings returned. I have now begun collecting young adult fiction for my future children, and I would say anyone interested in the genre should have some Mahy, including this book. It's not as good as The Haunting or The Changeover, perhaps, but it is light years beyond the "Sweet Valley High" fare my contemporaries were reading. Definitely worth a look.
Velellan
This book was in excellent condition and service was very good. She hasn't seen it yet but she is very anxious so I know she will love it.
Agalen
Harry, real name Ariadne, is the seventeen-year-old bookish, quiet daughter lost in a large family. Most of her excitement comes from secretly writing a torrid romance. One day on holiday, she jokingly marries the sea to entertain herself and her brother. The next day, three mysterious brothers show up at the house, using names that clearly came from the bookshelf (Ovid, Hadfield, and Felix). Notably, they all look like characters from her story. Also, the three men may all be the ghost of the same person, Teddy Carnival - the mysteriously dead son of the original owner of the vacation home.

As Harry and Felix fall in love, Harry begins to realize her own power. "I can seem beautiful," she tells someone who dares to threaten her. Felix gains power from their love as well - and neither of his brothers want that to happen.

THE TRICKSTERS is sexy. Harry and Felix only have implied sex, but a book doesn't need an explicit scene to be sexy. Margaret Mahy knows that, and this coming-of-age tale is all about human sexuality without ever being crass.

Mahy also pulls off a Megan Whalen Turner worthy twist when it comes to the family saga side of things. She hides secrets so well that you don't even know you should be looking for them until they're revealed. This makes subsequent readings richer, as you realize how Mahy shaped the novel, dropping numerous hints while using Harry's narration to direct your attention elsewhere.

Best of all, Mahy trusts her reader's intelligence. THE TRICKSTERS is sometimes confusing, as Mahy rarely explains exactly what's going on. You have to put it together yourself. Often, you have to make your own decision about what happened. Her writing is heavy on character and atmosphere, which keeps things moving smoothly even at the parts when you know you don't understand everything yet. Mahy's best works are rich and decadent feasts. The themes and action of THE TRICKSTERS demand your attention, and if you give it you will be rewarded.

If you're looking for a sexy and intelligent coming-of-age story cum family saga, look no farther than THE TRICKSTERS. If that's not what you're looking for, you should read it anyway.
Barit
Margaret Mahy is one of the few (or perhaps the only) world-renowned New Zealand author, whose work has won many awards, as well as the Carnegie Medal for "The Haunting" and "The Changeover". As good as these books are my personal favourite is "The Tricksters", written for a slightly older audience and filled with her trademark New Zealand scenery, supernatural occurrences, family dramas and the awakening of a young person to adulthood. Older readers shouldn't be put off by the claims that this is a "young adult" novel, as any intelligent reader over the age of thirteen should experience Mahy's best work.

The Hamilton family gather at their beach house Carnival's Hide to celebrate Christmas; parents Jack and Naomi, eldest siblings Charlie and Christobel and younger children Benny and Serena. Seventeen-year-old Harry (short for Ariadne) is smack-dab in the centre and suffers the fate of the middle-child, overshadowed by the glamorous Christabel and starved for attention thanks to the younger two. To alleviate her frustration, Harry is writing a story - a wonderful story about dangerous men and voluptuous women that she keeps secret in her attic bedroom.

But there are other things to keep her busy, such as the added presence of Englishman Anthony Hesketh who is to share the family Christmas away from the more traditional winter holiday of his home-country and Christabel's best friend Emma and her young daughter Tibby. Furthermore, the house itself has a strange history of odd happenings concerning the drowning of Teddy Carnival years ago, and Harry herself is privy to a family secret that she knows could destroy her happy, comfortable home.

And then three brothers appear on the scene, claiming to be descendants of Teddy Carnival and charming most of the Hamilton family. But Harry knows there is something strange about Ovid, Felix and Hadfield - something that is deeply connected to the past, the house, her own story and the dynamics of family life. But who are they really? What is this strange connection to Felix that she feels? And do Ovid's threats of ruining her family have any weight? (Watch out reading some of the other reviews, as they give away the secret behind the brothers, something that should not be known till the book reveals it).

Like all good literature, the book is filled with many themes and meanings that demand close and attentive reading. Mahy's language is dense and poetic (reminding me a little of Diana Wynne Jones's adult novels) which involves full participation from the reader to understand what's going on, and will probably require more than one reading to fully appreciate the layering and clue-sprinkling that Mahy spreads throughout the novel. The growth from childhood to womanhood, the power of imagination and storytelling, the secrets and inner-dynamics of a family, the meeting of the supernatural and the mundane, and a creepy ghost/murder mystery - all this is packed into this immensely rich and intriguing novel.

Hopefully this won't come across as an insult to the other reviewers, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that so many of them were non-New Zealanders. When you come from a country that has so few authors of its own, ninety-nine percent of your reading list are from authors overseas and you never really expect your own country's books to be read anywhere other than in New Zealand. So, whether you're from New Zealand, England, Australia, America or anywhere else that Amazon.com ships out books, make sure you read this complex, mysterious, unforgettable novel.

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