Irrepressibly joyful and utterly unique, with lavish illustrations by Katherine Quinn, MAGNOLIA MOON has all the spirited imagination and jubilance of Pippi Longstocking, and is a delightful reminder of just how much can happen in a year of being nine.
THE SECRETS OF MAGNOLIA MOON (Book 1)
THE MAGIC OF MAGNOLIA MOON (Book 2)
THE WONDERS OF MAGNOLIA MOON (Book 3)
by Edwina Wyatt
Walker Australia, November 2019; October 2021; Winter 2022
Magnolia Moon is nine years old, likes Greek mythology, her best friend Imogen May (who understands the importance of questions like, “If you could be one fruit, any fruit, what would you be?”), wishing trees, and speaking crows. She knows instinctively that buffadillos are armadillos crossed with buffalos and believes there are walramingos living in her garden. She’s also the kind of person who can be entrusted with a great many secrets.
Each chapter in this novel, which captures Magnolia’s year of being nine and ends on Chapter Almost 10, reveals a secret that Magnolia is keeping. But the novel also chronicles a year of change for Magnolia. From her best friend moving to the birth of her little brother Finnegan, Magnolia navigates every challenge and secret that comes her way with the kind of authenticity and innocence that comes from being nine years wise.
• CBCA Young Readers’ Book of the Year 2020
• Shortlisted for the Readings Children’s Book Prize 2020
• A Sydney Morning Herald 2019 ‘Stand Out’ Title
“Utterly sublime. . . Sophisticated and elegant with a nice splash of quirkiness and gentle humour.” —Children’s Book Review
Edwina Wyatt is an Australian children’s author. She grew up in Sydney and worked as a lawyer and a high school teacher before becoming a writer of books for young readers. Her debut junior fiction novel The Secrets of Magnolia Moon (Walker Books) was awarded the CBCA Honour Book of the Year for Younger Readers (Australia’s version of the Newbery), and shortlisted for the Readings’ Children’s Book Prize. She has twice been awarded a CBCA Notable for her picture books. Edwina lives in the Victorian High Country with her husband, two children, a dog, cat, and too many chickens.