(13 October 1936 – 28 June 2018) was an Austrian
writer best known for children's books
. She received one of two inaugural Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
s from the Swedish Arts Council in 2003, the biggest prize in children's literature, for her career contribution to "children's and young adult literature in the broadest sense." She received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal
for "lasting contribution to children's literature" in 1984 and was one of three people through 2012 to win both of these major international awards.
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