Author: Edwina Wyatt
Illustrator: Katherine Quinn
Publisher: Walker Books
Format: Hardback, 160 pages

Review

The Magic of Magnolia Moon

Magnolia Moon is very good at making magic. Not the ordinary sorts of magic, but the quiet, rarer kinds that are easily missed. Which is why she is always leaning in and whispering:

“Did you see that?”

Magnolia Moon is back with more secrets to share in her year of being ten, reminding readers that life can be magical if you take the time to notice.

From the author of The Secrets of Magnolia Moon

(CBCA Honour Book of the Year 2020, Shortlisted for the Readings’ Children’s Book Prize)

REVIEWS

“A great example of why adults should read children’s books: not just for the beautiful, lyrical prose, but Magnolia Moon’s absolute awe in the small things around us. This is perfect for these challenging times and shows us that even in dark times, we can find just a little magic every day.” – Sydney Morning Herald/ The Age Booklist

“Like all the best children’s literature, this book is charming, gentle, clever, elegant and wise. The luminous world of Magnolia Moon is an utter delight.”– Davina Bell

“A lyrical treasure of a book… Dreamy and tender. Magnolia is a joyful soul who puts a positive spin on everything. There is a gentle sensibility about Edwina Wyatt’s writing. Multiple layers of wisdom shine from the pages…It is refreshing to know that books still exist that invite children into a safe and innocent world of wonder.

It is increasingly important that children have this style of book read to them as an antidote to the confronting issues with which they are faced today. Recommended.” – Read Plus

“Otherworldly…The most gorgeous series for readers from 7+. Beautiful illustrations by Katherine Quinn. They are magical and whimsical. They’ve got a real Kate DiCamillo feel and a Jaclyn Moriaty feel but for a younger audience.” – Megan Daley, Your Kid’s Next Read

“…charming language and beautiful, sometimes humorous, descriptions of the world through Magnolia’s eyes, and the reminders of the deeper magic in the world, without the author ever becoming didactic about it… just the right amount of wry humour, sweet charm, and quirky happenings…What we all need sometimes is a little bit of Magnolia Magic. – CBCA Reading Time

“Magnolia Moon is a little older, her world is more complicated and this calls for even more magic. I adore this quirky joyful character and her love for family and friends.  The feel good book we absolutely need this year.”– Bren MacDibble

“Another absolutely beautiful offering from Edwina Wyatt. Once again, we are taken in by Magnolia’s magnificent way of seeing the world, testing the waters of friendship and plumbing the depths of the everyday experience with all its confusion and mayhem and magic…a fine sequel to the much-loved Secrets of Magnolia Moon.” – Middle Grade Mavens

“The sequel to the much loved Secrets of Magnolia Moon which remains one of our favourite books for junior readers. A whimsical delight. In her latest adventure, Magnolia invents everyday magic to help her navigate the pitfalls of friendship, school, family and being ten. It’s a lyrical and imaginative tale that highlights everyday wonders through Magnolia’s curious and observant nature.” The Bowral Bookshop

“It’s no secret that I am a huge Edwina Wyatt fan, and I absolutely adored this book. [Magnolia] is still as creative, imaginative and intuitive as ever, but perhaps developing even more empathy and heightened feelings. The emphasis in this story is on the everyday magic that flows through Magnolia’s life and interactions. The writing is so lyrical and thoughtful and beautiful.” – Liz Ledden, One More Page

“Magnolia represents something in all of us – the uncertainty of something new, of being without someone familiar, of being on the brink of a whole new life… and the enduring power of friendship.…I felt like I was coming home to old friends. I think readers of all ages will adore this…What a beautiful book – one to keep and share!” – The Book Muse

KEY FEATURES

* A junior fiction novel from an award-winning  author whose lyrical writing, sense of whimsy and warmth will delight fans of Kate DiCamillo, Karen Foxlee, Katherine Applegate and Sara Pennypacker.

*Beautiful package: This hardcover book features cover and interior artwork – multiple black-and-white illustrations per chapter – by talented illustrator and textile designer Katherine Quinn.

*Suitable for independent readers aged 7+, or as a family read-aloud for ages 6+.

SUMMARY

Magnolia Moon sees magic in all the most interesting places – a bubble, a book of fairytales, a tree – but getting anyone around her to listen to her and see it too is hard sometimes. Magnolia finds magic everywhere, and some of it works in surprising ways, like the Green Magic potion that Magnolia makes for her best friend, Imogen May, so that she won’t be invisible to everyone at her new school. Or the Mind Magic when Magnolia becomes convinced that she can foretell the future. The real magic, though, would be the magic that could help Magnolia’s friend Reuben smile again after his parents’ divorce.

Magnolia shares the ups and downs of starting a new school year and trying to make a good first impression, and dealing with her best friend moving away, making mistakes, and helping friends. Each chapter is its own vignette, and very easy to read and slide into, although they fit together into an overall arcing story. The gentle charm of The Secrets of Magnolia Moon is continued in The Magic of Magnolia Moon, and I found myself going back to re-read both of these books just for the delight of it. – CBCA Reading Time

DON’T MISS BOOK #1

The Secrets of Magnolia Moon