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

Posted on 9th August 2022 by Mark Skinner

With new books from the award-winning Frances Hardinge, national picture book treasures Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler and the team behind reigning Waterstones Children's Gift of the Year Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Tom de Freston, there is a huge amount of spectacular publishing on its way this September. Discover your next favourites below.  

 

 
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From the wife and husband team behind Waterstones Children's Gift of the Year Julia and the Shark comes a luminous tribute to the power of determination and friendship as a young fox and a girl seeking her mother join forces on an unforgettable Arctic adventure.
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From the author of the bestselling Murder Most Unladylike books comes the first instalment in a wartime-set mystery series featuring two resourceful children desperate to be taken on as spies for the titular government ministry.
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The breathtaking sequel to former Waterstones Children's Book of the Month Amari and the Night Brothers pitches our formidable heroine into a battle to decide the Night Brothers' successor and avert catastrophe for all magiciankind.
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From the bestselling author of Gangsta Granny and Code Name Bananas comes an epic adventure that's out of this world as a space-obsessed girl in 1960s America spots a flying saucer in trouble.
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The pulse-quickening climax to the bestselling fantasy series finds our intrepid heroes seeking a mysterious Hidden Realm for the dragons after their existence is revealed to the human world.
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From former Waterstones Children's Laureate and author of the How to Train Your Dragon and Wizards of Once series comes a thrilling new series about a group of children who find the crossing points to other worlds.
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A gripping twist on myth and folklore, this magical adventure from the author of The Storm Keeper's Island takes the legend of Tír na nÓg as a jumping off point for richly imagined and sophisticated fantasy.
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The author of the Adventures on Trains series follows up the award-winning ornithological mystery Twitch with another gripping tale of excitement and investigation as Jack begins to suspect that a wildlife criminal is on the loose.
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A book of Victorian fairies spells adventure for Mab, her brother and their rather fairy-obsessed mother in this enchanting tale of family and friendships from the magical pen of Jacqueline Wilson.
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From the creators of the bestselling Kid Normal series comes an electrifying mash-up of superhero adventure and ghost story as notorious - and spectacularly dead - evil-battler Doctor Extraordinary starts to haunt his number one fan, 12-year-old Sonny Nelson.
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The siblings from The Day I Fell into a Fairytale return to explore a storybook land in the hollow of their favourite tree in the sequel to Ben Miller's breakout children's bestseller.
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The second instalment in 'Draw with Rob' Biddulph's magical adventure series finds our artistic hero striving to thwart a dastardly plan to destroy the world's priceless artworks.
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Trapped onboard an ocean liner bound for New York, Patch must think on her feet to solve a fiendish mystery in Eagle's slice of gripping historical fiction.
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The Secret Garden, the Jabberwock and Robin Hood all play their part in the enthralling penultimate part of the fantasy series for all young bookworms, as the Bookwanderers track down the Alchemist's sworn enemy.

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From the author of former Waterstones Children's Book of the Month Harklights comes an immersive fantasy adventure as young Will seeks witch's treasure in the Fens in order to save his mother.
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The boy who can talk to animals returns in a rollicking quest for buried booty in the follow-up to the bestselling The Amsterdam Adventure.
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From the author of former Waterstones Children's Book Prize nominee When Life Gives You Mangoes comes a charming story of family and memory as twelve-year-old Brie embarks on one final treasure hunt prepared by her late mother.
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Filled with the magic of Pullman’s assured pen, this glorious new tale set in the universe of His Dark Materials sees an art-collecting Oxford academic acquire two imposing paintings which turn out to be connected in mysterious and improbable ways.
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From the award-winning author of Deeplight comes another sumptuous slice of YA fantasy, where Kellen – a boy who has the power to lift life-destroying curses off others – must find a way to remove the one that hangs over his own life.
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An unsolved murder and a school full of buried secrets spell deadly danger for an intern determined to get to the truth in this nerve-janglingly suspenseful thriller from the author of One of Us is Lying.

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Bardugo's phenomenally successful Shadow and Bone series gets a vibrantly illustrated graphic novel prequel that tells the thrilling origin story of the Darkling.

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The second part of the enthralling Defy the Night series set in a land plagued by a mysterious disease finds Tessa and Prince Corrick embark on a dangerous journey to source more curative moonflowers from the neighbouring kingdom.
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Covering history, practices, memorable characters and much more, this immersive companion to Ransom Riggs' bestselling Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series is an absolute must-have for passionate fans.
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From the author of Mad Girl and No Such Thing As Normal comes an engaging YA twist on the story of Rapunzel, as a lonely online influencer famed for her luxuriant hair discovers she has alopecia.
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The bestselling Inheritance Games trilogy concludes in spectacular style as Avery is drawn into one last, deadly confrontation before the Hawthorne billions can finally be hers.
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The enthralling sequel to former Waterstones Children's Book Prize category winner Wranglestone places Peter and Cooper in even greater danger as they attempt to decipher the sinister eponymous codeword before the Dead mount their next assault.
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Discover the queer coming-of-age that's taken TikTok by storm, as Ophelia Rojas is forced to choose between the idealised image of herself as a boy-hungry high school girl and the reality of her burgeoning feelings for quiet Talia Sanchez.
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Merging fantasy and romance to terrific effect, the US bestseller arrives on these shores with its swashbuckling story of buried treasure, shipbound adventure and rugged first mates.
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Celebrate the tenth anniversary of the second instalment of Clare's The Dark Artifices series with this exquisite hardback gift edition packed full of romance, adventure and unparalleled world-building.
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The breathtaking sequel to Skin of the Sea sees Simi breaking away from her underwater underworld to fight demons above water.
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A searing novel set in war-torn Syria, Katouh's deeply powerful work centres around Salama and her agonising decision as to whether to flee her native country or stay and help those in danger.
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The enormously popular picture book duo returns with another hilarious and heartwarming tale steeped in effortless rhyme, as a trio of thoroughly despicable villains find that scaring a resourceful young girl is harder than it looks.
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The acclaimed author of The Explorer and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize-winning Rooftoppers delivers an exquisitely written animal adventure packed full of vibrant illustrations from Sara Ogilvie.
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The heartwarming and hilarious sequel to Fraser's much-loved The Littlest Yak finds Gertie having a bit of a wobble when she becomes a big sister for the first time.
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With echoes of Roald Dahl's classic Revolting Rhymes, this deliciously dark rhyming picture book about a naughty boy whose new teacher might not let him get away with so much is blessed with gloriously gothic illustrations by the great Chris Mould.
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One of the most beloved characters in picture book history returns to help hedgehog realise his dream of flying in this adorable Percy the Park Keeper story from the incomparable Nick Butterworth.
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Perfect for encouraging small children to count, Brownlow and Rickerty's hugely popular rhyming picture book series ventures into the wintry wastes with ten freshly hatched penguin chicks.
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Boasting puppies, rainbows and lots and lots of cuddles, this irresistibly cute entry in the Magical Pet Shop series finds Pugicorn and Princess Ava helping the pups locate their special powers.
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Bringing their trademark poo-based rhyming comedy to the lift-the-flap format, Fletcher and Poynter spin a spooky and side-splitting story for Halloween as Dino and Danny set off trick-or-treating.
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Boasting bold illustrations from exciting new collaborator Adam Stower, Little Monsters is a side-splitting picture book from the unstoppable David Walliams, starring a lovable werewolf whose cuddly nature sets him apart from his spooky schoolmates.
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Hot on the heels of The Worrysaurus and The Hugasaurus comes another winning addition to Bright's DinoFeelings series as a bad-tempered Stompysaurus learns to take control of his anger and frustration.
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Boasting the same wry, deadpan humour and distinctive artwork that made Klassen’s Hat trilogy such a phenomenon, The Rock from the Sky is a hilarious tale of friendship and frustration between a turtle and an armadillo.
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Anarchic, witty and loved by children and adults alike, the second instalment in Shireen's glorious Grimwood series finds our favourite fox cub siblings embark on a mission to save the forest from the machinations of the mayor of neighbouring Twinklenuts.
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A blazingly brilliant and fearlessly feminist reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen's iconic fable from the master storyteller of Letters from the Lighthouse and Escape to the River Sea.
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Inspired in equal measure by the Krampus and the Grinch, this festive treat from the author of Claude in the City unveils the Grumpus' dastardly polar plan in all its unspeakable grotesquery.

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When an illusion-loving boy gets embroiled with gangsters the Crayfish Twins, he'll need the magic of friendship to rescue him in the hilarious and warm-hearted children's debut from TV presenter Stephen Mulhern.
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Bringing together mind-blowing, record-breaking facts and figures from across the globe and outer space, Guinness World Records 2023 keeps you up to date with the latest developments in culture, technology, sports and more.
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Expertly curated by Ella Risbridger and sublimely illustrated by Anna Shepeta, this sumptuous anthology of inspiring verse from a host of seminal female poets includes work by Christina Rossetti, Maya Angelou, Amanda Gorman and many more.
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Introducing ten key instruments to little ones through excerpts of classical pieces and accompanying scenes inspired by the music, A Very Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra is the perfect volume to instil a love of classical music from an early age.
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The follow-up to Wild Child - McAnulty's delightful children's guide to nature - A Wild Child's Book of Birds takes readers through the seasons in the company of Britain's avian population.
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From hummingbirds drinking nectar to snails emerging for a drink, this enchanting entry in the beautifully realised Slow Down series encourages little ones to observe the minute wonders of the natural world.
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From puddles to oceans, this gorgeous reference volume takes a deep dive into all things aquatic with fascinating facts and beautiful illustrations to get children truly enthused about the world's watery wonders.
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The Youth Mental Health Ambassador and author of Live Well Every Day presents his first book for children and young people, providing readers with the tools and techniques required to overcome mental health struggles.

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Featuring input from Toms Daley and Fletcher, Joe Wicks and more celebrities, Cotton's holistic guide to mental and physical wellbeing takes young readers through the invaluable skills of the body.
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A delightful addition to the ever-expanding Bluey library, this charming board book finds Bingo trying to amuse herself while mum and dad are busy.
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Featuring five interactive envelopes, this delightful festive treat starring everyone's favourite marmalade-scoffing Peruvian bear finds Paddington helping the Brown family to get ready for Christmas.
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Join Peppa and George on a magical picture book adventure with a fire-breathing friend who may or may not be real.
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