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

Posted on 10th May 2022 by Mark Skinner

This month brings with it a host of fantastic new voices across children's writing, from Tola Okogwu's electrifying fantasy Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun to Jion Sheibani's accomplished YA debut The Silver Chain. June also sees the return of some breakout stars from recent years, such as Phil Earle, who follows up his former Waterstones Children's Book of the Month When the Sky Falls with the sublime While the Storm Rages, and Kalynn Bayron, who delivers the gripping sequel to This Poison Heart.       

 
 
 
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A debut children's novel packed full of memorable characters, Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun is the effervescent story of a British-Nigerian girl who discovers her curls have psychokinetic abilities and the thrilling adventures she undertakes with her new-found superhero friends.
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Remaining true to the spirit of Eva Ibbotson's children's masterpiece Journey to the River Sea whilst infusing the places and characters with fresh vitality and purpose, the bestselling author of The Week at World's End spins a beguiling adventure set deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.
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From the author of former Waterstones Children's Book of the Month When the Sky Falls comes another exciting and emotionally complex novel of wartime and animal rescue.
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The seventh chapter of Chainani's bestselling fantasy series sends readers back to where it all began as the foundations of the School are laid in page-turning prose.
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Brimming with irresistible bonus content and featuring the iconic original cover design, this sumptuous and limited 25th anniversary edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is a must-have for all the lovers of the Boy Who Lived and his mesmerising wizarding world.
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The daughter of two scientists discovers magic in this glorious, sumptuously imagined tale of friendship and wonderfully eccentric midnight adventures in the cobbled streets of Prague, from the author of The Unadoptables.
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The author and mental health activist delivers an authentic, sensitively handled tale of living with OCD as a new boy at school learns to cope with the bully in his head with the help of friendship and understanding.
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The master of children's science fiction and author of Adam-2 and Orion Lost returns with the brilliantly realised story of a girl who can see into the past and a world that is tearing itself apart.
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The author of the acclaimed Darwin's Dragons delivers another fiercely intelligent and well-realised historical novel revolving around a giant octopus and a sinister mystery in a Victorian aquarium.
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Eerie flashbacks from her childhood and unnatural offerings left at her doorstep lead Ivy on a dark journey of discovery about her mother’s past in this dark, electrifying young adult thriller from the bestselling author of The Hazel Wood.
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In the enthralling, exquisitely written sequel to the hugely popular This Poison Heart, Briseis seeks the Absyrtus Heart that will bring her mother back from the dead.
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The celebrated author of The Great Godden delivers another utterly immersive slice of YA fiction as the events of the summer of 1982 threaten to break apart the friendships of a trio of interns in New York City.
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Both a touching meditation on mental health and an exquisite love letter to the power of music to comfort and heal, verse novel The Silver Chain follows a violin prodigy who must learn to cope when her mother's mental state unravels.
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The electrifying sequel to Witches Steeped in Gold delivers more thrilling action and brilliant characterisation as enemy witches Iraya and Jazmyne are compelled to join forces once more to defeat a hideous new evil.
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A girl finds writing under the wallpaper and starts an extraordinary friendship with the previous occupant of her new home in this deliciously plotted and delightfully quirky story from the popular comedian and bestselling author of Moving.
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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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Witty, candid and inclusive, this essential guide to sex and sexuality from young adult journalist Milly Evans is like a comforting chat with a wise big sister and features lots of invaluable information that they don't teach at school.
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More adorable lift-the-flap fun from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler as Badger and friends prepare a very special concert in Acorn Wood.
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Little ones can learn the alphabet whilst finding out about Pride in this bright, colourful and inclusive volume which also contains LGBTQ+ topics for adults to discuss with children.
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Highlighting important ecological issues in a fun and engaging way, The Odd Fish finds the creatures of the ocean battling plastic problems as a mysterious stranger floats by.
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A superbly silly, summery story about a hot dog who longs to be a real-life pooch, Sperring and Corrigan's picture book is perfect reading for little ones who worry about fitting in.
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With echoes of children's classic We're Going on a Bear Hunt, this joyful rhyming tale of dinosaur hunting in the park is simply roarsome to read aloud.
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From the beloved CBeebies star Dr Ranj comes a bright, colourful picture book that celebrates all the superpowers that children have on the inside.
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The rip-roaring A Very Fiery Fairy Tale series continues with another explosive rhyming story, as Sir Wayne’s Dragon encounters a bit of a problem on a day when everything starts happening in reverse.
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Blissfully unaware of the gathering horde of monsters, a group of teachers make their way back through the forest in this wonderfully irreverent rhyming tale from the author of Space Tortoise.
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A riotous underwater adventure awaits Grandude and the Chillers as they follow the musical trail of the missing Nandude in this second, fun-filled picture book from the one and only Sir Paul McCartney.
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A heartwarming picture book about dance, family and learning lessons when things go wrong, this delightful addition to the Luna Loves series showcases both Coelho's rich text and the enchanting illustrations of Fiona Lumbers.
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Featuring interactive sliders and a surprise mirror ending, this delightful board book makes for a wonderful version of baby's favourite game.
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Trace five different types of transport around the tracks in this fun-packed board book perfect for all vehicle obsessed preschoolers.
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The first instalment in a hilarious new series from the author of Charlie Changes into a Chicken features a school in thrall to the terrifying SHIVERS and two resourceful students who just might know how to put an end to it.
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When Rex awakes after 65 million years in the deep freeze he discovers to his horror that humans rule the world in the first book in a side-splitting new series from the author of Weasels and The Doughnut of Doom.
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On the run from her evil uncle and determined to find her missing parents, Leonora Bolt hatches a secret plan involving a homemade submarine, a few trusted friends, and an otter with super-sensitive whiskers.
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From the bestselling author of the Puppy and Kitten Tales series comes the heartwarming story of a lonely girl who befriends a seal pup in trouble.
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Perfect for all fans of Dog Man, the second instalment in Corbett's side-splitting graphic novel series pits the inexperienced heroes of Kitty Quest against ferocious sea monsters.
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When a shooting star falls to earth loveable half-vampire, half-fairy Isadora Moon finds an interstellar new friend in urgent need of her help in the latest sparkling, side-splitting story from Harriet Muncaster.
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Adding 13 more storeys to their already gargantuan treehouse, Andy and Terry embark on a restful break on the camping holiday level – with predictably side-splitting results.
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From Mary Seacole to Pablo Fanque, the much-loved TV presenter delivers an invaluable and accessible guide to a host of influential and inspirational Black figures from history.
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Boasting over 300 questions on players, clubs, matches and more, this collection of addictive football quizzes hist the back of the net on every page.
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Bluey makes a new friend on a camping holiday even though Jean Luc speaks a different language in this heartwarming entry in the hugely popular CBeebies book series.
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