Of Loss and Magic: Hamilton Wende’s Arabella, the Moon and the Magic Mongongo Nut
Arabella (nearly twelve years old) lives a normal, happy life in Parktown, Johannesburg. But then her father dies, suddenly, of cancer. Not long after this Arabella receives a magic mongongo nut from Khanyi, the mielie seller, and her pet monkey and this sets a fantastical chain of events into motion: Arabella discovers that, planted in the garden, the nut grows into a tree which can only be seen by moonlight and on which grows a magic fruit. When Ukhozi, the eagle, crash lands in Arabella’s bedroom one night, he tells her what she needs to do keep her world in balance. Hadedas, led by Ozymandias, “the most evil bird in the sky”, has taken the magic mongongo nut and Arabella has to recapture it.
“A well-crafted magical adventure with many touches of enjoyable light humour. Arabella is a normal girl, who gains courage and self-knowledge through the magic events, and eventually chooses Right against Wrong.” – Jay Heale.
About the author
His articles have appeared in many local and international newspapers and magazines. In television he has worked for international networks including CNN, NBC, BBC, ABC (Australia) amongst others. He has written seven books: Only the Dead, House of War, The King’s Shilling, Deadlines from the Edge: Images of War from Congo to Afghanistan and True North: African Roads Less Travelled and a children’s picture book The Quagga’s Secret.
He lives in Parkview, Johannesburg.