Sam is an ordinary person who wears an ordinary suit and ordinary shoes. He works in an ordinary, neat office writing down figures all day and underlining them. But Sam's mother is definitely not an ordinary woman, Sam's mother is a pirate and she wants to sweep him away to sea...Written by a best-selling author, this is a lively and enchanting tale with wonderfully exuberant illustrations to match.
Margaret Mahy was born in New Zealand and has loved telling stories all her life. She is acknowledged all over the world as one of the outstanding children's writers of today, and has published over 200 titles. Twice winner of the Carnegie Medal (The Haunting, 1982, and The Changeover, 1984), several of her titles have become modern classics. Other major awards include The Order of New Zealand, for her contribution to children's literature, and the Hans Christian Andersen medal, which is the highest international recognition granted to authors and illustrators of children's books. Margaret lives in the South Island of New Zealand, in a house which she partially built herself, overlooking Governor's Bay.