The Five Sisters by Margaret Mahy

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A row of five linked paper dolls is whisked away by the wind before Sally's Nana can draw all their faces. Tossed by winds, drenched by water, and scorched by fire, the five sisters search for a mysterious island on the edge of the sea -- and acquire their own names, faces and unique personalities along the way.

About Margaret Mahy

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Margaret Mahy was born on March 21, 1936 in Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. She received a B.A. degree from the University of New Zealand. She worked as a nurse, an assistant librarian, and a children's librarian in England and New Zealand. Her first book, A Lion in the Meadow, was published in 1969. She became a full-time author in 1980. During her lifetime, she wrote more than 120 children's books including The Haunting, The Changeover, Memory, A Lion in the Meadow, The Seven Chinese Brothers, and The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate. She won the Esther Glen Award five times, the Carnegie Medal of the British Library Association three times, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Hans Christian Andersen Award, and in 1999, she won the New Zealand Post Children's Book Award in two categories, Picture Book and Supreme Award. She died after a brief illness on July 23, 2012 at the age of 76. Patricia MacCarthy is an illustrator who lives by the sea and downlands in Sussex with her husband and two young sons. She is the illustrator of "17 Kings" and 4"2 Elephants," a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year.
Published April 1, 1999 by Puffin. 80 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The fragile dolls narrowly escape destruction again and again, so this can be enjoyed as high adventure, but Mahy, with her gift for expressing complex ideas simply, makes clear to readers that the five dolls together represent a whole person, endowed with the Courage, Love, Sorrow, Wisdom, and L...

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In another writer's hands, a plot involving talking paper dolls could be disastrous.

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