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The Waterstones Round Up: January's Best Children's Books

Posted on 4th January 2022 by Mark Skinner

Welcome a new year with a new set of fantastical adventures, gripping drama, heartwarming tales and laugh-out-loud silliness, as we highlight the best new children's and young adult books coming your way in January.  

 
 
 
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After a near-death experience imbues Greta with the power to see ghosts, she learns that spooks and spectres might just be able to help with her problems in this heartwarming and hilarious story from the author of Charlie Changes Into a Chicken.
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After discovering an ideal alternate world without pollution and wars, two friends have the difficult task of proving to others that such a place can exist in this gripping middle-grade adventure from the author of The 1,000-year-old Boy.
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Following a girl who accidentally sails out to sea on the ship of a famous scientist, The Ship of Cloud and Stars is a mesmerising tale of legends, seafaring, science and courage to dream.
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Both a rip-roaring locked room mystery set in a run-down hotel where a famous guest vanished into thin air and a sensitive exploration of living with a parent with bipolar, The Rollercoaster Boy is another superbly realised children's novel from the author of The Goldfish Boy.

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Following a boy called Jasper as he sets out on a search for his vanished sister and his favourite songbird, The Hunt for the Nightingale tells a deeply moving and beautifully hopeful tale of love, nature and longing for what we’ve lost.
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Boasting an interactive clue to help readers to solve the story's central mystery, the second novel from the author of former Children's Book of the Month The Valley of Lost Secrets finds Natty confronted with the shocking aftermath of war when she moves to a new village.
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Recently bereaved Molly encounters a mysterious stranger after running away from her grandparents' house in Nicholls' masterly combination of thrilling folklore and nuanced reflection on grief.A h...
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Full of heart and dynamic illustration, Dooley's graphic novel offers an authentic and engrossing window into living with autism as Frankie and her best friend Sam set off on a mission to find Frankie's absent father.
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A glorious Nigeria-set twist on the girl's boarding school story, Adeyinka's debut sees Jummy investigate why her best friend cannot attend the River School as a pupil.
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Set amongst the snow capped Yorkshire Dales, Bailey's moving story of family, friendship and second chances centres on a young girl struggling at home and the injured raven she nurses back to health.
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Both absorbing animal adventure and subtle commentary on climate change and the plight of endangered species, The Last Bear revolves around April, the daughter of an Arctic researcher, and her chance encounter with a lone polar bear.
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The fifteenth fantastically funny Wimpy Kid book sees the hapless Heffleys attempting a cross-country camping trip, but ending up stuck in a caravan park in a torrential downpour.
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Liz Pichon’s schoolboy hero returns in ten side-splitting tales featuring ant-infested underwear, a seriously delicious chicken pie and the enigmatic Wafer Boy.
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Starring a boy to whom cheese gives the extraordinary superpower to enter people's dreams, Aldrin Adams and the Cheese Nightmares is a side-splitting adventure full of humour, magic, and milky marvels.
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In the stunning sequel to the bestselling graphic novel The Sad Ghost Club, things get a little complicated for the two friends when a third ghost wants to join their secret club for those who feel invisible.
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Through the story of two members of the biggest boyband in America, this dazzling queer YA romance explores the dark side of celebrity and delivers an unforgettable coming-out story that readers will fall in love with.
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In the dazzling follow-up to Abigail Hing Wen's hit debut, Loveboat, Taipei, Sophie and Xavier swear to leave the drama and heartbreak of their tumultuous past behind - but fate has other ideas.
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The mysterious end-of-year party in the woods known as the Revelry spells trouble for Bitsy and Amy in this stunningly crafted young adult thriller about the complexities of female friendship.
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Filled with magical worldbuilding and unforgettable characters, Raman’s stunning Indian-inspired fantasy debut follows four siblings on their quest to find the Ivory Key, a mysterious object of legend.
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Young Native American woman Daunis is drafted into a covert FBI operation in this gripping and brilliantly nuanced debut thriller about community, corruption and identity.

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A wonderfully honest and reassuring account of what it means to grow up queer, this uplifting and insightful book is perfect reading for teenagers to explore their LGBTQ+ identity and also for their friends looking to support them.
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Delightfully colourful and carrying a warm, positive message of inclusion and love, Woodgate's uplifting picture book depicts a grandad recapturing the adventures of his youth courtesy of his granddaughter.
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Awesomely anarchic and sublimely silly, Taylor and Benaglia's side-splitting story involves a very hungry monster on an increasingly desperate quest to order pizza.
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The creators of Little Red Reading Hood charm and amuse once more with a heartwarming rhyming tale of a giant in the library and a wolf who really wants to be a hero.
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The fourth book in the cracking New Bum series finds our restless hero unable to put his bottom struggles behind him, as his posterior remains highly problematic.
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A wryly funny take on co-operation and compromise from the author-illustrator of Kittens on Dinosaurs, this hilarious picture book features the titular creatures unable to share their living space.
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Brimming with colourful and heartwarming illustrations, this charming tale about a boy who gets a bit territorial about his favourite new reading spot teaches little ones about the importance of sharing and the joys of friendship.
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A new member – Supersonic Ai – joins the Bunny’s gang in this rip-roaring instalment in the bestselling comic series about a cornucopia of adventurous animals that rule the Wood.
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Harper's beautiful kitten Sammy can't get used to moving in with Harper's grandmother in this heartwarming instalment of Holly Webb's bestselling and hugely beloved animal series.
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The first of a thrilling new series featuring a boy who loves fixing things, Ollie Spark and the Accidental Adventure sends our young hero into the heart of a spectacular spy story.
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Harley accidentally breaks a cabinet which causes the moon to vanish in the second instalment of Hardy's effervescent fantasy series, perfect for teaching children about STEM subjects in a fun and vibrant way.
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In the first book of the exciting new fantasy series from the author of Orion Lost, Tomas is invited to a meeting of a secret society where he discovers that dragons are not extinct and that he holds a power to summon his own.
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When island-dwelling Leonora learns that someone has been stealing and making a profit from her inventions on the mainland, a cracking quest for justice ensues in this hilarious adventure featuring an inflatable lobster and a singing sea captain.
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Absolutely brimming with magic, mayhem and fun, this wonderfully uplifting tale sees Jada Jinks help her marvellous Granny to realise her long-term secret dream of becoming a magician.
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Bursting with full colour illustrations, this exciting new short story inspired by Enid Blyton's beloved characters centres on a mysterious find in a freshly created public garden.
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Featuring two rip-roaring stories and filled with spectacularly funny illustrations and catchphrases, The Worst Class in the World leads the reader into the madcap world of the infamous class 4B.
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Exploring the secret lives of plants, this beautifully illustrated volume accompanying the new BBC series is packed with fascinating facts about the lungs of the globe.
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Inspiring very young children to follow Nelson Mandela's example, this beautifully illustrated entry in the Little People, Big Dreams series recounts the events of a remarkable life in a clear and accessible way.
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Tackling a difficult subject in an accessible, interactive way, this timely addition to the Usborne Lift the Flap series is an excellent introduction for young children to both racism and anti-racism.
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chelseabun

Would be nice to see ky book Great uncle galapagos given some advertising and available/ on view in your shops View more

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