From the Storylines website:

2019 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal winner

Multi-award-winning Wellington-based author Mandy Hager is the winner of the 2019 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal for life-time achievement and a distinguished contribution to New Zealand’s literature for young people.

Best-known as a writer of young adult fiction, Mandy Hagar has also written fiction and non-fiction for younger children, as well as film scripts and educational programmes. In 2017 she published her first adult novel, Heloise, long-listed for New Zealand’s premier adult Ockham Book Awards.

From the publication in 1995 of Tom’s Story for Mallinson Rendel, and for nearly every work of fiction since, Mandy Hager has achieved the unusual feat of winning a major award or being shortlisted. She has also been extensively published by major US publishers.

Her awards include the LIANZA Book Awards for Young Adult fiction three times, the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards for YA fiction, USA’s Golden Wings Excellence Award and Golden Wings Award, and five Storylines Notable Book Awards. In 2015, for her novel Singing Home the Whale, she was awarded the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year award, and the Best Young Adult Fiction Award at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. This novel was also chosen by Storylines (as the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) New Zealand section) as its 2016 IBBY Honour Book for Writing. Mandy has also featured in international awards for her film scripts.

In 2012 she was awarded the New Zealand Society of Authors’ Peter and Dianne Beatson Fellowship; in 2014 Katherine Mansfield Fellowship to Menton, France, and in 2015 she was Waikato University’s Writer in Residence.

A trained teacher, Mandy Hagar holds an Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts from Whitireia Polytechnican MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University, and has taught Novel Writing at the Whitireia’s Creative Writing programme. She has appeared at all New Zealand’s major writers’ festivals and is a regular visitor to schools.

The Margaret Mahy Medal will be presented to Mandy at the Storylines Trust annual Storylines Margaret Mahy National Awards Day in Auckland on Sunday 31 March, 2019.


The 2018 Storylines Notable Books list is:


Picture Books

§  What Are You Supposed to be? Paul Beavis (Scholastic NZ)

§  Torty and the Soldier, Jennifer Beck & Fifi Colston (Scholastic NZ)

§  The Longest Breakfast, Jenny Bornholdt & Sarah Wilkins (Gecko Press)

§   Ngā Tae / Colours, Kitty Brown & Kirsten Parkinson (Reo Pēpi)

§  Scarface Claw, Hold Tight! Lynley Dodd (Penguin Random House)

§  That’s Not the Monster We Ordered, Richard Fairgray (Penguin Random House)

§  If I had an Elephant, Richard Fairgray & Terry Jones (Scholastic NZ)

§  The Curious Ar-Chew, Sarah Grundy, Ali Teo & John O’Reilly (Scholastic NZ)

§  Inspector Brunswick: The Case of the Missing Eyebrow, Angela Keoghan & Chris Lam Sam

§  Publishing)

§  Ambulance, Ambulance! Sally Sutton & Brian Lovelock (Walker Books Australia)

§  It's My Egg and You Can’t Have It, Kennedy Warne & Heather Hunt (Potton & Burton)


Special mention*:

§  Tu Meke Tui: Koni atu kē ngā āhua o te manu rērere, Malcolm Clarke &Hayley King (Little Love)

Junior Fiction

§  Flying Furballs: Most Wanted, Donovan Bixley (Upstart Press)

§  Flying Furballs: Unmasked, Donovan Bixley (Upstart Press)

§  Helper and Helper, Joy Cowley & Gavin Bishop (Gecko Press)

§  The Thunderbolt Pony, Stacy Gregg (HarperCollins)

§  The Spaghetti Giraffe, Sarah Johnson & Deborah Hinde (Flat Bed Press)

§  How Not to Stop a Kidnap Plot, Suzanne Main (Scholastic NZ)

§  My New Zealand Story: Bastion Point, Tania Roxborogh (Scholastic NZ)

§  Awatea’s Treasure, Fraser Smith (Huia Publishers)

§  Miniwings #1: Glitterwing’s Book Week Blunder, Sally Sutton & Kirsten Richards (Scholastic NZ)

Special mention:

§  The Dragon Defenders - Book One, James Russell (Dragon Brothers)

§  The Dragon Defenders - Book Two: Pitbull Returns, James Russell (Dragon Brothers)

Young Adult

§  The Severed Land, Maurice Gee (Penguin Random House)

§  Flight Path, David Hill (Penguin Random House)

§  Zeustian Logic, Sabrina Malcolm (Gecko Press)

§  Pieces of You, Eileen Merriman (Penguin Random House)

§  The Traitor and the Thief, Gareth Ward (Walker Books Australia)


§  New Zealand’s Great White Sharks: How science is revealing their secrets, Alison Balance (Potton & Burton)

§  Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story, Gavin Bishop (Penguin Random House)

§  Whose Feet are These?, Gillian Candler & Fraser Williamson (Potton & Burton)

§  Collins Field Guide to the New Zealand Seashore, Sally Carson & Rod Morris (HarperCollins)

§  Abel Tasman: Mapping the Southern Lands, Maria Gill & Marco Ivancic (Scholastic NZ)

§  Toroa's Journey, Maria Gill & Gavin Mouldey (Potton & Burton)

§  Sky High: Jean Batten’s Incredible Flying Adventures, David Hill (Penguin Random House)

§  How to Mend a Kea + Other Fabulous Fix-it Tales from Wild Base Hospital, Janet Hunt (Massey University)

§  Nature Storybooks: Gecko, Raymond Huber & Brian Lovelock (Walker Books Australia)

§  Cook Islands Heroes, David Riley & Michel Mulipola (Reading Warrior)

§  Explore! Aotearoa, Bronwen Wall & Kimberly Andrews (Kennett Brothers)

Special mention:

§  Powering up with Joseph Parker, David Riley (Reading Warrior)

§  Go Fiji, Go, David Riley (Reading Warrior)

* Several books did not make the Notable Books list but received a special mention because of their contribution to their particular genre.