Matthew Wood
Matt Wood
Matteo Bosco, Matt
Stravagante, Student at Barnsbury Comp., printer's apprentice at the Scriptorium


Current Residence
Islington, London, England
Jan and Andy Wood, parents
Harry Wood, brother
Leather-bound spell book
English/Talian City

Matt Wood is a Stravagante and the main character of City of Secrets. He lives in London, England and attends Barnsbury Comprehensive.


Matt is 17-years-old, an athletic young man who describes himself as "looking like a rugby player", which he also happens to be. He isn't at all musical, but is popular amongst his friends and enjoys sports.

Because he has severe dyslexia, he shows a strong aversion to reading and often feels inferior to others, despite the fact he has shown himself to be intelligent in other areas. Matt's difficulty with reading is exacerbated by the fact his mother, Jan Wood, is the English teacher at Barnsbury Comprehensive and his great-aunt Eva seems to believe that Matt simply isn't putting enough effort or lacks interest in reading. However, when Matt arrives in Talia, he finds that he can read without any difficulties.[1]

At school, Matt is moderately popular and is also dating a girl named Ayesha. However, Ayesha's friend Isabel notices that Matt is somewhat shy around others, perhaps because of his own insecurities, and is considerably more open and confidant in Padavia, where he is recognized as a local hero after the events of City of Secrets.


City of SecretsEdit


Matt's talisman

When Matt buys an old leather-bound book for his seventeenth birthday, from Mortimer Goldsmith. He falls asleep, and then awakens to find himself in Padavia, inside the Scriptorium of Padavia University. Here he meets fellow Stravagante, Professor Constantin, and takes on the identity of "Matteo Bosco," an apprentice printer at the Scriptorium.

During his time in Padavia, the law against magic is enacted. The practicing of magic, buying spells, enchantments, hexes or consulting a practitioner of magic is outlawed. The law also outlaws citizens from owning, purchasing, consulting, or printing magical books - the last of which Professor Constantin and Matteo continue to do.

City of ShipsEdit

Because the new Stravagante, Isabel Evans, is a friend of Ayesha, she is already aquainted with Matt, though they are not close friends. Matt and the other kids help the new Stravagante Isabel Evans to understand everything in Talia. He also travels to Padavia with Isabel[2].

Notes and ReferencesEdit

  • Matt's Talian name derives from the Italian equivalent for Matt ("Matteo") and Wood ("Bosco").
  1. City of Secrets
  2. City of Ships

English Characters
William Dethridge · Lucien Mullholland · Georgia O'Grady · Nick Duke · Sky Meadows · Matt Wood · Isabel Evans · Laura Reid · Ross · Julia · Sean · Emily · Rory · Caitlin
Vicky Mulholland · David Mulholland · Maura O'Grady · Ralph Lewis · Russell Lewis · Rosalind Meadows · Joyce Meadows · Rainbow Warrior · Loretta · Andy Wood · Jan Wood · Harry Wood · Eva Holbrook · Tony Evans · Sarah Evans · Charlie Evans · Ellen Reid · James Reid · Julia Reid
Ms. Beaumont · Mr. Laski · Dr. Kennedy · Tom · Katie · Alice Greaves · Mortimer Goldsmith · Laura · Paul Greaves · Jane Scott · Gus Robinson · Ayesha · Jago Jones · Celia Jones · Lucy · Brian · Stella Watkins

The Talian Stravaganti
Rodolfo Rossi · Guglielmo Crinamorte · Luciano Crinamorte · Paolo Montalbano · Falco di Chimici · Brother Sulien · Giuditta Miele · Professor Constantin · Flavia · Fabio della Spada · Giovanni · Fulvia · Germano · Corrado · Aurora · Ranieri
The English Stravaganti
William Dethridge · Lucien Mullholland · Georgia O'Grady · Nick Duke · Sky Meadows · Matt Wood · Isabel Evans · Laura Reid · Ross · Julia · Sean · Emily · Rory · Caitlin