The Haunting (Mahy novel)
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|Genre||Children's supernatural fiction, ghost story|
|Publisher||J. M. Dent|
|Pages||135 pp (first edition)|
|LC Class||PZ7.M2773 Hau|
The Haunting is a low fantasy novel for children written by Margaret Mahy of New Zealand and published in 1982, including a U.K. edition by J. M. Dent. Atheneum published the first U.S. edition in 1983.
The Haunting of Barney Palmer, a New Zealand movie based on the book, was released in 1987.
Barney Palmer, a shy eight-year-old boy, discovers that one person in each generation of his family has had supernatural gifts – and this generation it seems to be him. He believes he is haunted by the ghost of an uncle he never met, and is oppressed by his fate. However, his sister Tabitha is determined to help him.
- Symposium papers including: "Some Operations of Truth: A personal response to Margaret Mahy's The Haunting" by John McKenzie, a paper presented at a Margaret Mahy Symposium in Christchurch in 2006.
- "Feminism, Freud and the Fairytale: Reading Margaret Mahy's The Haunting" by C. Marquis, Landfall, No. 162, 1987 pp. 186–205.
- The Haunting in libraries (WorldCat catalog) —immediately, first US edition
- Margaret Mahy at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
| Carnegie Medal recipient
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