The Secrets of Magnolia Moon

Edwina Wyatt

The Secrets of Magnolia Moon
Walker Books Australia
1 November 2019

The Secrets of Magnolia Moon

Edwina Wyatt

Finalist for the Readings Children’s Book Prize 2020

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.


Magnolia Moon can keep secrets. She makes very interesting comparisons that give a unique perspective on life. She likes to ask questions and is inspired by Greek myths. She’s an irrepressible nine year old. Then she finds out her mother is having a baby, and her best friend is moving away; life is changing at 84 Crocus Cottage.

The Secrets of Magnolia Moon is written in a distinctive style with metaphors that are charmingly quirky and conjure gorgeous images of friendship and loving families. It is such a happy story; it reads beautifully and has sweet, intermittent illustrations that make it the perfect present for kids aged 7+.

Alexa Dretzke is the assistant manager and children’s book buyer at Readings Hawthorn.

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