Magnolia Wu Unfolds It All (Hardcover)

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“When Magnolia Wu makes a new friend, they set out to spend their summer returning the lost socks they’ve found at her parents’ laundromat. A joyful tale of discovery set in a vibrant NYC neighborhood!”
— Suzanna Hermans, Oblong Books, Millerton, NY


New York Times bestselling author and artist Chanel Miller tells a fun, funny, and poignant story of friendship and community starring Magnolia Wu, a ten-year-old sock detective bent on returning all the lonely only socks left behind in her parents' NYC laundromat.

Down at the bottom of the tall buildings of New York City, Magnolia Wu sits inside her parents’ laundromat. She has pinned every lost sock from the laundromat onto a bulletin board, in hopes that customers will return to retrieve them. But no one seems to have noticed. In fact, barely anyone has noticed Magnolia at all. 

What she doesn’t know is that this is about to be her most exciting summer yet. When Iris, a new friend from California arrives, they set off across the city to solve the mystery of each missing sock, asking questions in subways and delis and plant stores and pizzerias, meeting people and uncovering the unimaginable.  

With each new encounter, Magnolia learns that when you’re bold enough to head into the unknown, things start falling into place.

About the Author

Chanel Miller is a writer and artist. Her memoir, Know My Name, was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book, and a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Ridenhour Book Prize, and the California Book Award. It was also a best book of the year in Time, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, NPR, and People, among others. She was named one of the Forbes 30 Under 30 and a Time Next 100 honoree, and was a Glamour Woman of the Year honoree under her pseudonym Emily Doe. She has always dreamed of writing and illustrating children's books. You can visit her online at or follow her on Instagram @Chanel_Miller.

Praise For…

Praise for Magnolia Wu Unfolds It All:

New York Times for Kids pick ♦ Amazon Best Book of the Month ♦ Junior Library Guild selection ♦ Indie Next pick 

Absolute middle grade perfection . . . This book is a celebration of the quiet courage and daily bonds that make us a community!” –Kelly Yang, award-winning author of Front Desk

“I loved this deeply real yet wondrous tale about how the little things in life turn out to be the big things.” –Abby Hanlon, author of Dory Fantasmagory

"Thoughtful, creative, and compassionate . . . Miller’s pitch-perfect narrative voice balances humor and whimsy with harsher realities. Magnolia isn’t insulated from negative feelings; rather, her world is one where strength can be quiet, empathy can be learned, and community is critical. Wildly funny, charming, and deeply heartfelt." –Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Miller (Know My Name, for adults) crafts an endearing romp in which Magnolia makes her first ride-or-die friend and learns to appreciate her life in new ways." –Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593624524
ISBN-10: 0593624521
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2024
Pages: 160
Language: English