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

Posted on 5th April 2022 by Mark Skinner

May brings an enchanting reimagining of Enid Blyton's The Magic Faraway Tree from the incomparable Jacqueline Wilson as well as footballing superstar and campaigner Marcus Rashford's fiction debut and Casey McQuiston's first romcom for a YA audience. Little ones can look forward to a vibrant new interactive board book series and more hilarity from CBeebies' favourite Bluey, so there is plenty to keep the kids occupied this month - even Ant and Dec are getting in on the act!   

 
 
 
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The third title in the Marcus Rashford Book Club marks the fiction debut of the international footballer and food poverty campaigner himself, as a group of self-styled Breakfast Club Investigators take the twelve-year-old Marcus under their wing.
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An empowering story of companionship and unlikely alliances, this enchanting adventure from the author of The Girl with the Shark's Teeth pitches a trio of very different girls into a desperate mission to save the village of Silverthorne.
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The first instalment of an enthralling new fantasy series from the bestselling author of the Cogheart Adventures is a bewitching blend of sorcery and intrigue in a brilliantly realised alternate eighteenth-century England.
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With themes of social activism and taking care of your community, this pulsating, slyly spooky mystery from the former Waterstones Children's Book Prize Category Winner revolves around an internet-loving girl determined to start her own scout troop.
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The heroes of Bell's former Waterstones Children's Book of the Month Wonderscape must battle with sinister forces once more when they are thrown forward in time and into an in-reality game based on myth and legend.
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Catastrophe is in the air as the King’s brainy butler gets the blame for the monarch’s fart on a day when nothing should go wrong in this side-splitting romp from the author of Escape the Rooms.
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Concluding the Brightstorm trilogy in spectacular style, Firesong pitches Arthur and Maudie into the Volcanic North in a bid to rescue the family name from their evil aunt Eudora Vane.
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Zeina embarks on a journey of a lifetime visiting a famous hotel built on the back of a flying whale, joined by the owner’s spoiled heir and a rich cast of other characters in Durkan’s irresistible, magic-filled adventure.
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The bestselling author of Evernight delivers a powerful adventure of a world purged of colour by an evil Emperor and the remarkable girl who might just be able to restore light and brightness to a drab, grey empire.
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The author of Ella on the Outside and How To Be Me spins a heartwarming story of friendship, family and insecurity as a gang of best friends leave one of their number out of a new adventure.
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Brilliantly imaginative and packed with adventure, Townsend's stunning debut pitches a trio of children into a race against time to find a cure for sickness in a nature-filled world.
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A group of children are stranded on an uninhabited island with a mysterious treasure map in this typically assured and delightfully funny tale from the author of Millions and Framed.
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The author of The Parent Agency and Head Kid spins another side-splitting story, as unremarkable Billy Smith becomes an overnight sensation when his class presentation goes viral.
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From the bestselling author of The Day I Fell Into a Fairytale comes a hilarious body-swap comedy crossed with a compelling adventure as George and his dog Midnight magically take on each other’s identities.
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Set amidst a vividly evoked, smoke-stained underworld beneath Battersea Power Station, Ghostcloud is a wildly imaginative debut about friendship, courage and finding your freedom against all odds.
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Two titans of young adult writing combine to create a unique romantic fantasy following the stories of twin princesses separated at birth and what happens when their worlds collide.
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Deka faces difficult choices about the best way to protect the war-ravaged kingdom of Otera in the propulsive, enthralling sequel to the breakout bestselling fantasy The Gilded Ones.
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When a rival prom queen vanishes after kissing her, Chloe tries to track her down through a series of cryptic notes and astounding secrets in this fast-paced, funny rom-com from the bestselling author of Red, White and Royal Blue.
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An unputdownable prequel to E. Lockhart's runaway-hit We Were Liars, Family of Liars leads the reader back in time to another summer, another generation, and the insidious effects of the secrets they sow.
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Return to the enchanted realms of Kemmerer's bestselling Cursebreaker series as courier and spy Tycho is charged with foiling a shadowy assassination threat to Grey and Queen Lia Mara.
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The authors of Girl in Pieces and The Lucky Ones combine forces to deliver a thrilling slice of teen crime set in a sleepy seaside town as two friends obsessed with Agatha Christie investigate the murder of the most popular girl in their school.
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With only three dates to prove that he is the guy for no-nonsense Dani, DJ and relationship guru Prince badly needs to find his mojo in this funny, feelgood romcom.
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Mack finds himself caught in the most awkward of love triangles in this gloriously entertaining queer romance from the author of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted The Black Flamingo.
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A bewitching read from a thrilling new voice in YA fiction, Hotel Magnifique centres around the enchanted titular establishment and the shocking secrets hidden behind its opulent facade.
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Mixing enthralling adventure with evocative Japanese culture, Rebel Skies finds a girl with special powers embark on a thrilling mission to give the paper spirits of her world a voice.
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When preacher's daughter Monique discovers she has a medical condition the only people she can turn to are her frenemy Sasha and local bad boy Reggie in this fresh, funny and inspirational YA gem from the author of Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry.
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The YA debut from a hugely entertaining and original new voice, Ellie Pillai is Brown is a rollicking romcom about standing out, falling in love and following your heart.
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Perfect reading for fans of Killing Eve, this dark and thrilling page-turner tells the tale of a teen who morphs into an assassin by night but longs for a normal civilian life.
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The battle to become president of the school LGBTQ+ society is getting fierce and underhand, but can the candidates join forces when an even bigger threat appears on the horizon in this page-turning novel from the author of Heartbreak Boys?
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A mesmerising follow-up to One For Sorrow, Two for Joy entangles Audrey and Ivy in another sinister mystery involving the esoteric Magpie Society and further disturbing secrets behind the respectable façade of their boarding school.
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The first in a striking new series of lift-the-flap board books illustrated by noted collage artist Clare Youngs, Look, It's Roar Roar Lion boasts felt, foil and a mirror for tactile, interactive fun.
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The bestselling picture book series perfect for getting little ones off to sleep continues with the enchanting tale of a young fairy determined to rescue a lost gnome and still get back in time for bed.
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Beautifully inclusive and blessed with flowing rhyming text, Jeffs' celebration of the diversity of family life is a warm-hearted joy to read aloud.
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The perfect rhyming story for Father's Day, Wells and Davey's adorable picture book features a pair of bear cubs trying to get Dad's party ready whilst he's fast asleep on the sofa.
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A joyous, colourful celebration of idyllic mornings with artwork from the illustrator of There's a Tiger in the Garden, Greig's exquisite story finds Pia and Papa embracing the wonders of nature.
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From cricketing zebras to weightlifting wombats, this sporting spin on the ever-popular picture book series sees an array of animals in a range of side-splitting scenarios.
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A modern master of the children's story breathes invigorating new life into the work of a legend, as Jacqueline Wilson delivers a brand new Magic Faraway Tree tale in her own inimitable style.
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Andy and Terry take a break from compulsively adding more levels to their incredible treehouse in order to share thirteen side-splittingly silly stories that readers will never have seen before.
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Clarice Bean’s hugely boring day takes an unexpected turn when she meets a dog that simply won’t scram in this new, heartwarming adventure from the former Waterstones Children’s Laureate Lauren Child.
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Connor and Ethan are on the trail of a missing synthpet in the third spectacularly silly instalment of the endearing Space Detectives series.
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The final work from the doyenne of British picture books, the tale of a naughty bunny and their exasperated young handler pops with Kerr’s singular artwork and stands as a shining testament to her unique storytelling skills.
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With Mum at a baby shower it's up to Dad to get the kids to bed - but will the night-time routine go off without a hitch, in this hilarious addition to the Bluey series.
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Filled with imaginative fun, this brilliant Bluey magnet book invites readers to create their very own adventures at home, school and forest with twelve character magnets.
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A highly collectable keepsake to treasure for years to come, this stunning Platinum Jubilee edition of Lewis Carroll’s enduring classic boasts a special foiled Union Jack cover and the stunning original illustrations from John Tenniel.
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From William Shakespeare to Greta Thunberg, this beautifully designed anthology collects exquisite, inspiring words which all children will take to their hearts.
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Bursting with activities to entertain and occupy all kinds of kids, the debut children's book from the superstar TV duo is a fun-filled extravaganza aimed at having the best time possible.
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Take your Minecraft building game to the next level with this inspiring book of twenty new mini-projects, as well as a host of tips and inspiration for creating your own.
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