Author(s): Edwina Wyatt
CBCA award-winning picture book author Edwina Wyatt makes her fiction debut with a whimsical tale of a curious little girl who shares more than just her surname with the moon: They're both excellent secret keepers. 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 Shortlist 2020:Book of the Year: Younger Readers
CBCA 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, such as her best friend moving away and the impending arrival of a baby brother. Magnolia is depicted as a little girl with hopes, fears and worries, but she is also full of love and trust in her adults. The minor characters are plausible and full of kindness and empathy for Magnolia and her best friend, Imogen May, who enjoy hanging upside-down on the clothesline. The themes of family, friendship, innocence and change are explored subtly Repeated gentle humour involving periods of time and the personification of the staircase in her family home, serves to maintain the joyful mood. Metaphor and imagery are used throughout the lyrical writing and the illustrations complement the text. The cover design and production are of high quality and are immediately eye-catching.