The Haunting (Mahy novel)

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The Haunting
The Haunting cover.jpg
First edition
AuthorMargaret Mahy
CountryNew Zealand
GenreChildren's supernatural fiction, ghost story
PublisherJ. M. Dent
Publication date
August 1982
Media typePrint
Pages135 pp (first edition)
LC ClassPZ7.M2773 Hau[1]

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.[1]

Mahy won the annual Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book by a British subject.[2]

The Haunting of Barney Palmer, a New Zealand movie based on the book, was released in 1987.[3]

Plot introduction[edit]

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.



  1. ^ a b "The haunting" (U.S. edition). Library of Congress Catalog Record. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
  2. ^ Carnegie Winner 1982. Living Archive: Celebrating the Carnegie and Greenaway Winners. CILIP. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  3. ^ The Haunting of Barney Palmer on IMDb

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Preceded by
The Scarecrows
Carnegie Medal recipient
Succeeded by