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

Posted on 29th June 2021 by Mark Skinner

Waterstones children's favourites abound this July with former Waterstones Children's Book of the Year winner Onjali Q. Rauf delivering another compelling and thought-provoking adventure and former Children's Book of the Month authors Sophie Kirtley, Jenny McLachlan and Nicki Thornton returning with fantastic new novels. And that's before we even mention Rainbow Rowell, Tom Fletcher, Pamela Butchart and a host of brilliant debut authors. Check out the best of what's on the way below.  

 
 
 
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Sangu Mandanna’s myth-inspired page-turner proves the pen is mightier than the sword when budding artist Kiki finds herself drawn into a world of Hindu legends where only she can save the day.
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The brilliant Land of Roar series reaches its thrilling conclusion in an action-packed adventure that perfectly blends humour with a generous dose of magic as Rose and Arthur find themselves on a perilous journey to The End.
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When the island of Ironhold is placed in grave danger a lowly servant boy must undertake a perilous journey for its salvation in this compelling fantasy from the author of Brightstorm.
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The author of former Waterstones Children's Book of the Year The Boy at the Back of the Class combines fast-paced adventure with social comment once more in this gripping tale of robbery at the local food bank.
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A breathtakingly original time-slip story that’s full of heart and an appreciation of the natural world, The Way to Impossible Island follows a boy with his life on hold as a meeting with a girl from the past opens a door to a world he never imagined.
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Based on true accounts, this inspiring story of female footballing heroics during the Great War brings to life a forgotten aspect of British history for young readers.
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The exciting finale to the Taylor & Rose detective series is a typically engrossing mix of whodunnit and period drama centred on the importance of female friendship.
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The affecting and empowering prequel to Can You See Me? and Do You Know Me? tackles the crucial issue of autism diagnosis with great sensitivity.
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Blending magical adventure with Golden Age crime mystery, this delightfully atmospheric spin-off from the author of The Last Chance Hotel confirms Thornton's place as one of the most original children's writers around.
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A heartwarming tale of a trusty lighthouse keeper and a lost and lonely puffin, Michael Morpurgo and Benji Davies’ collaboration is a slice of classic children’s storytelling.
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The laugh-out-loud sequel to Rowley Jefferson’s (by way of Jeff Kinney) Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid, Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure boasts barbarian hordes, white warlocks and a mum-in-distress.
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Blending science-fiction dystopia with sympathetic and vividly realised real-world characters, Polly Ho-Yen’s timely novel pits a junior survivalist against the global threat of a deadly and terrifying virus.
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A pulsating conclusion to Rowell’s bestselling Simon Snow series, Any Way the Wind Blows finds the gang back in England and contemplating friendship, the future and the end of the world.

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After Ash is killed in a car accident she must choose between becoming a Reaper gathering souls for the afterlife or seeing her first love Poppy again, in this impossibly quirky and affecting supernatural romance.

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The first YA novel from the award-winning author of We Begin at the End imagines, with staggering clarity, the terrible consequences of foresight. A thought-provoking take on dystopia seen from a thrillingly original angle.
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From the pioneering author of Junk comes another blistering and politically astute modern classic, centred on a dystopian Britain in thrall to the white supremacist Bloods.
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The pioneering YA thriller author of Girl, Missing returns with another scalpel-sharp page-turner centred on a disaffected teenage girl and the dangerous world opened up by her father's dark secrets.
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Incorporating themes of religion, the care system and domestic violence into a compelling YA thriller, This is My Truth fizzes with suspense as a prank blogger threatens to reveal Amani's terrible family secret.
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Return to the world of The Hunger Games in a compelling prequel that both informs the original trilogy and stands alone as a powerful, breathlessly exciting science fiction thriller.
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Featuring powerful personal testimony about all aspects of allyship from seventeen YA authors, this groundbreaking volume contains invaluable advice and prompts on how to be there for others.
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The author of The Teenage Guide to Stress provides a toolkit for devloping mental resilience, from building support groups to nurturing an optimistic outlook.
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The winning combined talents of Tom Fletcher and Greg Abbott return with a typically playful addition to the Who's in Your Book? series containing a great message about friendship and sharing your worries.
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The storytelling double act behind There Is No Dragon in This Story return with a clever, tongue-in-cheek take on Little Red Riding Hood when wolf decides it’s time that he took a day off…
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Everyone’s favourite voyaging vegetable, the Runaway Pea, returns for a hilarious, daring new adventure as he tries to find his own way home from the shops.
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Rattling through an A-Z of seating rules for animals, Frog, Cat and Dog return for a further instalment of the bestselling phenomenon that is the Oi! Series.
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Part of a brand new series, based on episodes from the ground-breaking CBeebies cartoon, this perfect summer story sees JoJo off on a seaside adventure with Gran Gran.
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The creators of Supertato unleash another fantastically funny and charming picture book series following the adventures of island and their band of adorable buddies.
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Award-winning illustrator Bethan Woollvin gives voice to three intrepid Viking warriors who are out to prove their Chieftain wrong and save the day – Viking girl style.
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Everyone’s favourite CBeebies’ furry family make their way to the beach in the first in a new series of picture books based on the cartoon’s most popular episodes.
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Julian Clary's beloved Bolds return with a mission to become eco-aware in this madcap story packed full of hilarious set-pieces.
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The queen of supremely silly storytelling returns with the side-splitting tale of a scary school trip and a lake dwelling monster who is intent on devouring the childrens' snacks.
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Monkey's plans for world domination become ever more ridiculous in the third part of the bestselling comic book series, as Bunny and friends face a variety of wacky threats.
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Thoroughly fed up with being treated as the cutest creature in the zoo, Lin plots some serious panda-monium in this zany new comedy from the creators of Dave Pigeon.
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Junior crime fans have a treat in store with this first in a new series following amateur detective and trainee journalist Kate and her mouse sidekick Rupert as they attempt to solve a mystery aboard an arctic express train.
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The Wainwright Prize-winning author of Diary of a Young Naturalist takes his readers on an exciting journey of discovery in this fantastic book about the magic of nature, gorgeously illustrated by Barry Falls.
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Learn how to sketch brilliant beasties with internet illustration sensation Rob Biddulph in the latest irresistible instalment of the Draw with Rob series.
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Exploring the question ‘what was lockdown like for you?’ this moving collection of over a hundred letters from front-line workers, home-heroes and famous faces from Joe Wicks to Tim Peake reflect on the funny, sad, heroic and unexpected experiences brought about by the pandemic.
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From Manchester United to Real Madrid, discover the stories behind most remarkable teams in the history of the sport courtesy of the phenomenally popular Football School series.
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From the star of Educating Yorkshire and author of Go Big comes the perfect pick-me-up for frazzled secondary school children across the nation, as Burton outlines ways to regain your educational mojo during pandemic chaos.
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The golden threads of Frankopan’s classic world history shine anew in this engaging new children’s edition, brought to life by Neil Packer’s fantastically detailed artwork.
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