Sir Terry Pratchett died at age 66 from Alzheimer’s disease. Best know for the “Discworld” series of fantasy novels, Pratchett wrote for both adults and children. His first book for children, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents won Great Britain’s Carnegie Medal. His latest book is Dragons at Crumbling Castle and Other Tales, a book for 14 funny short stories illustrated by Mark Beech (Clarion, 2015). www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-31858156 .
Author Margery Facklam died at age 87 on Feb. 21, 2015. Her first book was published in 1962, and she published more than 30 books, mainly science nonfiction for children. Two of her books, Do Not Disturb and Partners for Life were named Outstanding Science Trade Books by the Children’s Book Council and the National Science Teachers Association. www.buffalonews.com/city-region/obituaries/margery-facklam-award-winning-author-of-childrens-books-about-natural-science-20150305?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=8e3c08d640-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-8e3c08d640-304449365 .