The Tricksters

The Tricksters Reality and the supernatural intertwine in this exciting and chilling novel from an award winning author As the Hamiltons gather at their holiday beach house Carnival s Hide for their Christmas cele

  • Title: The Tricksters
  • Author: Margaret Mahy
  • ISBN: 9780007121731
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • Reality and the supernatural intertwine in this exciting and chilling novel from an award winning author As the Hamiltons gather at their holiday beach house, Carnival s Hide, for their Christmas celebrations, the warm, chaotic familty atomosphere is chilled by the unexpected arrival of three sinister brothers Who are they Where are they from Only 17 year old Harry, thReality and the supernatural intertwine in this exciting and chilling novel from an award winning author As the Hamiltons gather at their holiday beach house, Carnival s Hide, for their Christmas celebrations, the warm, chaotic familty atomosphere is chilled by the unexpected arrival of three sinister brothers Who are they Where are they from Only 17 year old Harry, the middle daughter, is close to seeing the truth Are these brothers her own invention, or are they truly descendants of Teddy Carnival who drowned there many years earlier As the brothers gradually reveal their purpose, long hidden family secrets are also unfurled No one emerges unscarhed

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    1. Margaret Mahy

      Margaret Mahy was a well known New Zealand author of children s and young adult books While the plots of many of her books have strong supernatural elements, her writing concentrates on the themes of human relationships and growing up.Her books The Haunting and The Changeover A Supernatural Romance both received the Carnegie Medal of the British Library Association There have 100 children s books, 40 novels, and 20 collections of her stories published Among her children s books, A Lion in the Meadow and The Seven Chinese Brothers and The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate are considered national classics Her novels have been translated into German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Italian, Japanese, Catalan and Afrikaans In addition, some stories have been translated into Russian, Chinese and Icelandic.For her contributions to children s literature she was made a member of the Order of New Zealand The Margaret Mahy Medal Award was established by the New Zealand Children s Book Foundation in 1991 to provide recognition of excellence in children s literature, publishing and literacy in New Zealand In 2006 she was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award known as the Little Nobel Prize in recognition of a lasting contribution to children s literature.Margaret Mahy died on 23 July 2012 On 29 April 2013, New Zealand s top honour for children s books was renamed the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year award.For information, please see enpedia wiki Margaret


    1. The recent popularity of THE CHANGEOVER can probably be linked to Sarah Rees Brennan's wicked funny review and Justine Larbalestier's equally enthusiastic review. I'm pleased as punched that people are reading about Laura Chant and Sonny Carlisle, because they are an amazing couple. 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.That's right. I like THE TRICKSTERS better.How much do I like THE TRICKSTERS? I [...]

    2. I wish I had read this book when I was 16 and completely obsessed with Margaret Mahy's The Changeover. I really liked the book but I would have obsessively loved it back then.The only reason I can figure that she isn't immensely popular in the US is that she writes complicated novels about teenagers that don't talk down to the reader and has interesting, engaging dialogue. Maybe it's the fact that her teen characters have sex, unapologetic and usually off page but sex nonetheless that doesn't re [...]

    3. Margaret Mahy's The Tricksters was part of my little golden age of reading in 2009. Those fantasy stories that are exciting possibility, yet intimately personal, and bittersweet. In a word, my favorite kind of story. I won the lottery and read quite a few instant favorites that year. They made me want more and more books to savor as much. If only these hidden gems from the past fell into my lap every day! I'm so nostalgic for the summer of 2009 I'd drive to the beach whenever possible and read a [...]

    4. It's hard not to give Mahy books all the stars possible because she is a great writer. I am reminded of Neil Gaiman because of shared themes, ghosts and houses that reconfigure themselves, lets add Charles De Lint for the teen themes and the supernatural. But really I think Mahy is greater than those she reminds me of, because I suspect she predated all of them. I'll have to do some investigation on that assertion.But about this book- 3/4th of the way through it I was sure I had to read it again [...]

    5. This was one of the strangest, most interesting and unexpected YA books I've read. The family dynamics recalled for me I Capture the Castle, though the story itself is more challenging and less charming. The writing itself felt delightfully old-fashioned, though also odd and deliberate in a way that generated its own specific kind of pleasure. There were moments in this book that astonished me, and I can tell this is one I'll want to reread every couple of years. Another reason to love Kristen C [...]

    6. Margaret Mahy is a master of poetic prose; her books simply flow with imagery to the point that the plot comes second, in places, to the brilliance of her language. And I think that's a good thing. The plot of this book, which is both a family drama and one of the more unusual ghost stories I've ever read, is more than capable of holding its own. Harry, the ignored and occasionally abandoned middle child, lives a rich fantasy life without embodying any of the stereotypes of the intelligent but o [...]

    7. I do so love Margaret Mahy. She is very clever about writing about real families. You know, the sort that have troubles, not the fake perfect kind. Ariadne (better known as Harry) certainly has a troubled sort of family full of conflicting characters. Harry is the quiet one, the writer who never asks much for herself until she asks for a book that she can write in and be allowed to change the world around her. She gets her wish, but as usual in tales, not in the way she intended. Many is brillia [...]

    8. While on Christmas holiday in New Zealand, the Hamilton family is visited by a strange trio of brothers.Very simplistic plot description there, but I really don't care enough to come up with something better. I really didn't get this book. Looking at the other reviews, people have gushed over her prose and her characterizations. I didn't particularly care for either. I didn't think there was anything special about her writing and I hated that there were so many characters. I didn't thinkthey wer [...]

    9. Harry Hamilton's family like to think of their vacation house, Carnival's Hide, as "open to haunting", because of the years-past drowning death of brilliant, handsome young Teddy Carnival, son of the house's first owner. One Christmas, though, three mysterious young men appear at the house, and Harry must figure out who they are and what they want. Mahy blends the supernatural with the everyday gorgeously, as Harry navigates the troubled waters of her family's secrets and of the three tricksters [...]

    10. Few contemporary YA novelists are true prose stylists. Margaret Mahy is; her language has a very precise way of conveying subtleties of emotion. There's a maturity in her writing that I just don't often find in other YA fiction. As for the story, it's one of character, rather than plot. In another novel, the arrival of the Carnival brothers would be the start of an adventure. Here the adventure is purely emotional, as the members of the Hamilton family find their lives changed as a result of the [...]

    11. Fantastically clever and complex, with gorgeous sentences I want to copy down and memorize. I love that Mahy stuffs the novel full of so many characters--two parents, four siblings, two friends of siblings, a toddler, a stranger, three trickster men, and a cat--and yet still manages to make each of them real, each character wanting something and struggling to achieve it. I'll be reading more of her books!

    12. Fascinating, sophisticated, subtle, and very, very weird. 17-year-old Harry (a girl) is writing a terrible, id-vortex novel, full of lush descriptions and barely subtextual sexuality. Three mysterious men show up at her family’s summer home, to shake up everyone’s lives and shake loose some family secrets. Are they ghosts? Characters from her novel? Something else entirely?

    13. A favorite from middle school, first read in about 1991. This is one of the books that inspired me to become a writer. Reread in 2015.

    14. Loved this book! Eerie and spooky, but very evocative of NZ summers. One star off for the overly-large cast of characters introduced all at once. I hard a hard time keeping track of who was who, and had to resort to a post-it note listing all the relationships.

    15. Honestly, this book is kind of weird. I had a hard time following along. The dialogue is kind of strange, and the whole premise as well. I'm just not sure I got it. But it was okay.

    16. YA fantasy. Harry and her family are gathered together for a New Zealand Christmas. In the attic, Harry is writing a torrid romance; in the house below, there are secrets that could tear the bonds of love apart if they're confronted; while the house itself has an older secret. When three strange brothers appear, only Harry recognises their disturbing likeness to two of the characters in her romance.Isn't she a marvellous writer? She really is. I don't love everything of hers I've read, and as a [...]

    17. 3.5 stars. Grrr. It peeves me to have to go against the grain and say that I liked The Tricksters less than The Changeover, especially when I also think that this is such a clever book. It's dark, but the quiet sort of dark, that hides inside the light and cheerful, waiting. It simmers. And it has so many things I like in my young adult books! An interrogation of female romance fantasies, both critical and sympathetic, tied into an empowerment subplot. Female sexuality as thrilling and complicat [...]

    18. One of my favorite YA novels of all time. I first encountered The Tricksters back in college in a course called "Girls' Books" (whatever that means) and go back to it every now and then. Set in New Zealand at a family beach house, the novels tells the story of 17-year-old Harry, a would-be writer messing about with a manuscript while her family moves tensely about, trying not to acknowledge the awful secret that has divided them. When a trio of attractive brothers shows up at the house, Harry re [...]

    19. 17-year-old Ariadne (called Harry) is the middle child in a large, boisterous Kiwi family who gather together for Christmas. Often overshadowed by her glamorous, charismatic older sister, Harry escapes to her attic room to write a romance novel. When three brothers stop by to join the family for the holidays, Harry recognizes their similarity to the characters she has invented in her book. Are these enigmatic young men real? Or have they burst forth from her imagined life into her real one? As H [...]

    20. ** I just revisited this book and I must say it is just as wonderful as I remember it being. ** The Tricksters is one of my favorite books of all time. Its young adult book and is one of the first books that I have ever read to feature a little bit of sexuality. Our main character is a quiet girl who likes to write and is a little bit at odds with her family. She goes on holiday and meets three brothers who aren't quite as they seem. She falls in love with one and has to deal with the others, pl [...]

    21. There's a lot to unpack here-- this is unlike anything I've ever read, and I'm a little sad I didn't discover it years ago. I didn't love it in an enjoyable way, but I do love thinking about it, and I love just how unexpected it was. Mahy's characters are so vivid and her prose is almost rushed-- as I'm wrapping my mind around one thing, four more characters troop in the door and the scene changes again. The characters nearly all-- all?-- undergo transformations, which is a lot to process, but t [...]

    22. Margaret Mahy was one of New Zealand's most seminal writers, and one of only a few authors to twice-win the Carnegie Medal — first for The Haunting and then for 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 ad [...]

    23. YA. Harry's family is spending Christmas at their New Zealand beach house again, but this year three brothers arrive uninvited and Harry can't tell if they're real or ghosts she conjured up from her journal.This is another book I've read so many times I've lost count, and it holds up as an adult. Despite its almost lackadaisical third person omniscient pov, it's still good, still spooky, and still sexy. The brothers are just the right balance of sexy and menacing, and in the middle of all the su [...]

    24. This book was interesting at the beginning, and then it got gradually less interesting as it went on. The villains were initially deliciously menacing, but then they got tame and boring. Harry got more boring and so did the love interest (can't even remember his name). I had to stop one day a chapter or two before the end, and then I just never finished it. I dunno, it just sat on my floor, and I never bothered to finish it. Eventually I had to return it to the library. Oh well.

    25. I don’t even know how to describe this book. It’s part fantasy, part mystery, part family saga. I loved it, but I don’t know exactly why or anything. [June 2011]-----I bought this one recently, having read it once, and wanted to re-read it to make sure I watned to keep it. I do. Harry is a lovely character, and I entirely sympathise with her. The ending is a bit Fire and Hemlock, in that I have NO IDEA what happens, but it doesn’t seem to matter. [Oct. 2011]

    26. I love this book. Some of the dialogue is a bit dated, and some of the characters preternaturally self aware, but it is such a clever idea, and a clever story, and so beautifully told, with frequent stops required over poetic and profound sentences that just leap out and grab you from the middle of the text, that I didn't mind. One of my all time favourite Mahy books!

    27. I can see what people like about this novel; the writing is interesting, but not my cuppa. Also, the big reveal that gets everyone up in arms I was like, "really? that's it?"Perhaps what I disliked was that there didn't seem to be any "rules exploration" like the characters talk about in Edward Eager's books (Half Magic is among my all-time favorites).

    28. So good. I requested this from the library twice but the cover was so ugly and boring from the 1980's that I kept returning it without reading it. I'm glad that I finally did. Reminds me of Dianna Wynn Jones books somehowwhere the main character is the only one who sees what's really going on. Read it. You'll guess some, but not all of the mystery. :)

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