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

Posted on 2nd March 2021 by Mark Skinner

This month sees Rowley Jefferson spinning some spooky stories, magical misdemeanours plaguing Starfell, Supertato doing battle with Evil Pea once more and fantastical Edwardian mystery with Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunters. And that's not even the half of it. Step this way for fabulous fiction, perfect picture books and riveting reference - all of it coming down the track this March.  

 
 
 
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Greg Heffley’s best buddy takes the reins once more for this gloriously ghoulish compendium of tales that will have readers shaking – with laughter.
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The third instalment of Dominique Valente’s exhilarating fantasy series finds Willow Moss enrolling in school and uncovering a deadly conspiracy perpetrated by the dastardly Brothers of Wol.
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The author of former Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month A Kind of Spark returns with a slice of science fiction that sees a sinister organisation using AI to make deeply harmful changes to humanity.
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As two plucky children set off on a cross-country rescue mission without the aid of any screen technology, they discover that maybe living without the latest tech isn’t such a dreadful thing in this hilarious novel from the author of the Hamish books.
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Another rollicking Victorian yarn from the inimitable Jacqueline Wilson, as a lonely rich girl finds contentment and adventure in the bustle of London with a feisty street performer.
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The debut children’s novel from the illustrator of Philip Pullman’s Book of Dust sequence, The Magic Place is a timeless fable about breaking free from the dark and embracing a bewitching new world of possibility.
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The thrilling conclusion to the beloved fantasy trilogy raises the bar for suspense and adventure as Arranmore’s young Storm Keeper engages in a desperate battle to stop the evil sorceress Morrigan from destroying his friends.
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The first instalment of a hilarious new series fizzing with madcap energy sees sneaky shenanigans and incredible inventions scupper a boyband’s chances of making it big on the nation’s top talent show.
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The second instalment of the Last Hours develops the enthralling action of Chain of Gold, as Cordelia and the Merry Thieves pursue a vicious killer through the streets of Edwardian London, all the while battling with their own inner demons.
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Following the captivating and conflicted Ravkan ruler Nikolai Lantsov in the bewitching world of the Grishaverse, this powerful tale of desire and revenge brings the King of Scars duology to a majestic conclusion.
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Facing down a servant of death with her spectral best friend Jacob, Cass investigates the ghostly goings on in New Orleans in the latest spine-tingling instalment of the City of Ghosts series.
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A prize-winning story of a sixteen-year-old wrongfully accused of stealing, All American Boys is a smart and searingly honest tale of young lives shaken and nearly destroyed by police brutality and racial injustice.
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Exuberant and unflinching, All Boyes Aren’t Blue is a powerful memoir about growing up as a Black queer kid, from the LGBTQ+ activist George M. Johnson.
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The super spud must do battle with Evil Pea once more after the veggies’ bath-time goes horribly wrong, as Hendra and Linnet’s hugely popular picture book series continues.
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Pip and Posy must learn to value each other’s skills and needs in a triumphant return for Axel Scheffler’s lovable bunny and mouse duo.
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Celebrate Mandy Mouse’s very cheesy birthday in this fun-filled, glittery-covered story starring Peppa, George and all your favourite characters.
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The sparkling sequel to Meet the Planets sends young readers on a fascinating journey through the depths of the ocean as rhyming text describes incredible underwater creatures from beluga whales to manatees.
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Through the joyful story of farmers Nancy and Jake, this delightful picture book presents the principles and many delights of rewilding to young readers, celebrating nature’s own ways of making things flourish.
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Fighting crime and spreading the love; everyone's favourite cartoon canine returns for more comic-strip high jinks in the blockbuster tenth book of the popular series.
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The lovable half-vampire, half-fairy returns with a wobbly tooth dilemma, a magical mouse called Mignonette and a whole heap of laughs in Muncaster’s latest delightful tale.
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In this hilarious new addition to Butchart’s much-loved Wigglesbottom Primary series, the discovery a dinosaur egg about to hatch will have unpredictable effects on the day-to-day running of the school.
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In this special edition of Becoming adapted for younger readers, Michelle Obama tells her remarkable story from the South Side of Chicago to the corridors of the White House, and provides valuable wisdom and advice for those about to set out on the incredible journey of adulthood.
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The third volume of art and crafting fun from the viral drawing sensation and author/illustrator of Odd Dog Out and Blown Away promises more inventive, interactive ways to enhance your illustrating skills.
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Boasting intricate and immersive illustrations from Alessandra Fusi, this exhaustive compendium of dragon lore, species and locations is perfect for all devotees of fire-breathing beasts.
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Filled with creative ideas and motivating examples to inspire the next generations of changemakers, this brilliant book pairs the facts about the climate crisis with practical tips on how everyone can make a positive impact.
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