The Catalogue of the Universe (Phoenix Award Book (Awards)) Paperback – 1 Sep 2002
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“Margaret Mahy is outstanding in the richness of her ideas and in her great storytelling ability.” Twentieth Century Children’s Writers
“Of course, like everything Margaret Mahy writes, it is very funny … written with an awareness of the possibilities of language which can only be called poetic, and drawing convincing family relationships … such pleasures should be widely shared.” TES
“Mahy’s impulsive, ‘non-predictable’ style makes all convincing by sheer vividness and verve.” TLS--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
A powerful and intellectually stimulating teenage love story. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
It works on many levels. There is an unlikely teenage romance between beautiful popular Angela and thoughtful different Tycho, with a convincing and funny treatment of domestic life in their two households. There is a distinctively New Zealand setting. There is beautiful clear writing and appealing characters. There is the revelation of what happens when Angela goes to find her estranged father.
But for me a real gift of this book is the light touch with which Mahy includes philosophy, astronomy, poetry and other things not usually found in fiction for young people. When I first read it, it made me feel for the first time that these things were not beyond my grasp - that I could dare to be curious about them, without the need for anyone else's instruction, or permission. I certainly didn't need to feel intimidated by them, or to listen if anyone said that they were not for the likes of me. I felt my horizons expand as I read, and I will always be grateful for this.
Very enjoyable, I certainly recommend it.