I've just heard Eva Ibbotson died last week. She's one of my favourite children's books writers, author of Which Witch?, The Secret of Platform 13, Island of the Aunts, and Journey to the River Sea. Her books are magical and hopeful and colourful. She was 85, died in Newcastle, England, born, I was surprised to discover, in Vienna, Austria.
I can think of no better obituary than to say I loved her books as a child, would doubtless love them just as much if I read them now, and am feeling compelled to read everything else she ever wrote. If you've never read any of these lovely books, you really should, no matter your age.
You can read more about her life on Wikipedia and in the Guardian.