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 CBCA Honour Book, The Secrets of Magnolia Moon.

REVIEWS

“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

“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

DON’T MISS BOOK 1!

PRAISE FOR THE SECRETS OF MAGNOLIA MOON

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

“The Secrets of Magnolia Moon is an absolute delight. I fell in love with this from the first page. It’s a gorgeous mix of all those simple good things: friendship, love, dancing, gardens , baby brothers and the moon. It’s sweet and funny and so beautifully written. For some reason the lovely prose and the wonderful,  joyful Magnolia really reminded me of Lindgren and Pippi Longstocking!” – Author, Karen Foxlee

“This book for readers 8+ is utterly sublime… Wyatt’s writing is sophisticated and elegant with a nice splash of quirkiness and gentle humour…It also has the same magic that is found in the ‘Kingdom of Silk’ series by Glenda Millard.” – Megan Daley, Children’s Book Review

“A whimsically delightful story about a nine-year-old girl. Magnolia who loves Greek mythology and keeping other people’s secrets, is navigating changes in her life. The themes of family, friendship, innocence and change are explored subtly. Metaphor and imagery are used throughout the lyrical writing and the illustrations complement the text.” – CBCA Judges’ Critique for the Book of the Year Award

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+. If you know a child full of curiosity, questions and wonder, this would be a great fit for them. It is the perfect read-together book, especially with kids that enjoy a few illustrations, have a quirky sensibility and a thoughtful approach to life.