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

Posted on 28th May 2024 by Mark Skinner

With summer just a few weeks away, now is the time to stock up on some cracking children's stories to feed their imaginations. Find out what riches are heading down the track this June courtesy of the Waterstones Blog. 

 

 

From electrifying fantasy by Kieran Larwood to comedy capers courtesy of Ramzee, and from heartrending drama from Ross Montgomery to murder mystery by Sharna Jackson, there is something for every reader in our June picks for middle grade.    

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From a children's writing and illustration dream team comes a thrilling new fantasy series which sees a gnorf - half gnome, half dwarf - desperate to fulfill his destiny as one of the eponymous adventurers.
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The third book in the irresistible series about chosen family, high stakes thievery, and what it really means to do good. Perfect for fans of M.G. Leonard and Anthony Horowitz.
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A laugh-out-loud series about a boy who wants to become popular, The Cheat Book follows the hapless hero's riotous attempts to earn his place at the school's 'cool table' after he acquires the titular volume packed with priceless information.
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A compelling murder mystery from former Waterstones Children's Book Prize Younger Readers category winner Sharna Jackson that finds a trio of courageous kids investigating the murder of their neighbour.
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The beloved author delivers a heartwarming, richly adventurous story as the titular canine hero embarks on a quest to rescue his master Tom who has gone to war.
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A superbly gripping adventure brimming with magic and delight, Pinch Perkins and the Midsummer Curse sets the titular heroine on an eventful quest for a cure to a spell cast on her mum.
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The first instalment of a gripping blockbuster adventure series sees Ugandan twin geniuses Jacob and Kira selected for a dangerous space mission to repel the greatest threat the world has ever known.
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In this sparkling and hilarious sequel to Cosima Unfortunate Steals a Star the titular heroine faces a new adventure as a priceless work of art is stolen and her father is wrongly accused of the crime.
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Following up former Waterstones Children's Book of the Month A Very Merry Murder Club, this riveting anthology is packed full of sun-soaked summer suspense stories.
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From the author of the acclaimed Boy in the Tower comes an immersive fantasy about bravery, self-belief and the natural world, as Earth's one remaining dragon entrusts Yara with its only egg.
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The Mumbai Sun gang embark on their next adventure when they come into possession of a treasure map in the third instalment of Shah's acclaimed series, steeped in the evocative landscapes and culture of India.
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It's very much a story of dark fantasy and frothy romcom in this month's selection for teen and young adult readers. Kalynn Bayron and Tomi Adeyemi supply the sinister speculative fiction whilst Alexene Farol Follmuth (aka. the bestselling Olivie Blake) and Helen Comerford provide the romance and the laughs. 

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Adeyemi's celebrated Legacy of Orisha series continues as Zelie's triumph turns sour when she finds herself locked in a cage aboard a foreign ship bound for the clutches of her arch-enemy.
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Another rich and dark retelling of classic fairytales from the bestselling author of Cinderella Is Dead, this mesmeric counter-story to Snow White finds the clever and courageous heroine preparing to challenge the corrupt Knight terrorising her kingdom.
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A young girl disguised as her brother pursues her dream of becoming a brilliant engineer in this mesmerising fantasy adventure that draws from Chinese legends and brims with romance, danger and political machinations.
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A coven of queer misfits investigate the sinister demise of a high school quarterback amidst rumours of a mythical wish-granting creature in this spine-tingling LGBTQ+ dark romance.
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A funeral and a dramatic fire at the Islamic Centre brings once-best friends-now-enemies Tiwa and Said together in this breathtaking, brilliantly original YA romcom from the bestselling authors of Ace of Spades and Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating.
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From the pseudonymous pen of The Atlas Six author Olivie Blake comes a delightful romantic comedy about a driven school student and a running back who form an unlikely relationship in an online role-playing game.
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The pulsating sequel to Hatzopoulou's Greek myth-inspired Threads That Bind finds Io - descendent of the Fates - caught up in the disturbing disappearances of siblings across the Wastelands and a possible connection to the spate of murders in Alante.
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Putting an ingenious, satirical spin on superhero narratives, The Love Interest finds sprightly Jenna resisting the normative role that awaits her as the first person whom Blaze - the new, admittedly hot hero - saves.
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The unstoppable Julia Donaldson returns this June with another fantastic collaboration with Lydia Monks, whilst Michelle Harrison and David Tazzyman channel summer vibes with There's a Beach in My Pants! and there's an animal whodunit courtesy of Susannah Lloyd and Kate Hindley.

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This heartwarming volume from picture book dream team Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks follows the quest of Ruth Mary as she is sent off to collect teeth from some jungle animals.
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A day out at the beach leads to the most hilarious of mishaps in this joyously rhyming picture book from the bestselling author of the Midnight Magic series and star illustrator David Tazzyman.
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The delightful saga of a bird called Marcel who may or may not have something to do with the mysterious disappearance of the titular worm.
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The perennially scene-stealing Sharon the Party Crow takes centre stage in the latest side-splitting story in Nadia Shireen's Grimwood series, whilst there is comic book mayhem with Toby and the Pixies and the latest Officer Clawsome in this month's picks for readers aged 5-8.  

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Return to the surreal and zany world of Grimwood in the fourth instalment in Shireen's bestselling series, as the gang try and help an exhausted Sharon the Party Crow to get her mojo back.
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A side-splitting comic book treat perfect for fans of Dog Man and Bunny vs. Monkey, Turner and Schuster's madcap tale revolves around an anxious schoolboy who unexpectedly becomes monarch to a bunch of troublemaking pixies at the bottom of the garden.
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Claudia experiences her first day at the School of Advanced Magic in the first instalment of this adorable series for younger readers set in the enchanted land of Unicornia.
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From dodging dinosaurs to wrangling Wild West outlaws, this hilarious, epic time-travelling adventure finds Officer Clawsome solving the thorniest cases across time.
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Little People, Big Dreams celebrates the 100th instalment in its bestselling series with an exquisite volume about Taylor Swift. Elsewhere, there are more fiendish Cluedle puzzles courtesy of Hartigan Browne and Harry Woodgate adapts The Happy Prince with luminous results.    

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Telling the story of the world's most popular pop star, this vibrant addition to the Little People, Big Dreams series shows how Taylor Swift has stayed true to herself on every step of her musical journey.
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Filled with clues, maps, evidence and more, this irresisitible second Cluedle book serves up fifty more fiendish and funny puzzles centring on a case set on a super yacht.
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The author of the bestselling Edie Eckhart series delivers an empowering guide to navigating the social and emotional hurdles of growing up, from dealing with bullies to overcoming any awkward situation with the help of humour and friendship.
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Adapted and illustrated by former Waterstones Children's Book Prize Illustrated Books category winner Harry Woodgate, this gorgeous version of Oscar Wilde's classic fable is a heartwarming delight.
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