Title: The Magic of Magnolia Moon
Author: Edwina Wyatt
Publisher: Walker Books
Published: 6th October 2021
Synopsis: For Magnolia Moon, magic is a way to solve problems. And when you’re starting a new class at school and your best friend doesn’t live across the road anymore, problems seem to come easily.
In her latest adventure, Magnolia Moon invents everyday magic to help her navigate the pitfalls of friendship, school, family, and being ten. A lyrical and imaginative tale which highlights everyday wonders through Magnolia’s curious and observant nature.
- This magical adventure follows on from The Secrets of Magnolia Moon, but can also be read as a standalone.
- Presented in sumptuous hardback, an ideal gift for imaginative young readers.
- Perfect for fans of Kate DiCamillo and Sara Pennypacker.
As Magnolia Moon faces a year at school without her best friend Imogen May, she knows that she must find her own magic in the world around her. She has a new teacher as well, and is convinced that she is a witch, and wants to hide things from her family – yet as Magnolia finds a new friend, and gets to know her teacher whilst exploring her own kind of magic, she learns that there are things in real life that a magical, that friendship is the most magical thing of all, and believing in your own magic, family, and friends can make you see things in a different, and in a new way in the world that can at times seem as though nothing will ever change, and what happens when you feel alone.
Magnolia’s family is delightful – they do their best to understand her, and to listen to her. She lives with her parents, her grandmother and her younger brother – and the joy they have as a family will dance off the page, evoking a sense of wonder and magic that allows the reader to immerse themselves in Magnolia’s life, as though we become Magnolia and live in her skin for the duration of the story. Whilst Magnolia has moments of uncertainty and anxiety, such as when it comes to Imogen May and Casper meeting, this is dealt with eloquently and in a way that readers of all ages will find they can relate to, and where emotion and empathy for Magnolia spurs the story on to make sure the story flows lyrically and eloquently for the readers.
Magnolia represents something in all of us – the uncertainty of something new, of being without someone familiar, and of being on the brink of a whole new life and series of events and people that come into your life at the right time, and the ongoing and enduring power of friendship, however far apart you are. The relationship between Magnolia and Imogen May shows that strong, enduring, and meaningful friendships will be the ones that never change – where you can go days, weeks, months, or years without seeing each other all the time, and nothing ever changes for either of you – you will always be there for each other and will always be able to bounce off each other. These kinds of friendships are the best and we should all have a friend or two like that.
I loved this Magnolia Moon book, and must now go back and read the first one – yet I didn’t feel lost reading this one first, and felt at home in Magnolia’s world and with her friends and family, and in a way, even though this was my first reading, I felt like I was coming home to old friends, waiting to welcome me into a world I knew so well, yet did not know at all. I think readers of all ages will adore this book, and it has a distinct fairytale, oral storytelling tradition feeling about it – where it feels as though someone is reading the story to you even if you are reading it silently.
What a beautiful book – one to keep and share!