#LoveNZYA Throwback Thursday:

Throwback Thursday edition is our way of spreading the love of backlist Kiwi books that you might have missed. We'll hopefully be posting a new book every second week, and we'd love you to join us!

Brooklynne's pick

Title: Maddigan's Fantasia
Author: Margaret Mahy
Released: 1st December 2005
Publisher: Harper Collins
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When twelve-year-old Garland Maddigan asks Timon and Eden where they have come from, she is overwhelmed by their answer: the future. In a post-apocalyptic time, Garland's family's traveling circus troop, Maddigan's Fantasia, leaves the city of Solis once a year to perform and earn a living. However, this year Solis has given the Fantasia the crucial task of obtaining a new solar converter, the only power source in Solis, because the old one is failing. Misfortune finds the Fantasia in their travels, and Garland's father dies in an attack by Road Rats. Then suddenly two mysterious boys, Timon and Eden, appear with their baby sister, claiming to be from the future - a world in which the Fantasia has failed in its mission and the evil Nennog has taken power. The boys have come to help the Fantasia, but danger has followed them across time. Can the Fantasia protect Timon and Eden, and succeed in their quest to save their world? Internationally renowned author Margaret Mahy spins a vivid tale of time travel, adventure, and magic that no reader will soon forget.

why I chose it

First off, is there a more Kiwi author out there than Margaret Mahy. She is the most prolific and well-known children's and Young Adult author in New Zealand, and this book is a great example of why. This dystopian novel is action-packed and fun to read, especially as it clearly takes place in New Zealand. I found it entirely gripping and that was before the time travellers arrive. It's also been made into a rather successful TV series Maddigan's Quest, which stars a young Rose McIver. 

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