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

Posted on 30th August 2021 by Mark Skinner

You won't believe the sheer number of fantastic new children's books being published this month. From established favourites like Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo and Malorie Blackman to exciting new authors such as Ian Mark, Ginny Myers Sain and Angharad Walker, discover a world of enticing stories and fascinating facts with our round up of September's must-reads.  

 
 
 
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Stunningly illustrated by Jon Klassen, Sara Pennypacker’s much-awaited, heart-warming sequel to the bestselling Pax sees Peter and his pet fox, both in need of solace and sense of belonging in their now separate lives, turn to each other once more.
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Myriads of monsters lurk in all the corners of the hilarious, vibrantly illustrated story of a young boy called Jack, a 200-year old monster hunter named Stoop and a worrying ogre situation in Cornwall.
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Brimming with hope and gorgeously illustrated by Tom de Freston, Julia and the Shark is a mesmerising story of a family, a lighthouse and a quest to find the elusive Greenland shark from the award-winning author of The Girl of Ink & the Stars.
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The finest practitioner of historical fiction for children writing today, Emma Carroll delivers yet another enthralling adventure, this time set in 1960s England as the Cuban Missile Crisis and a runaway girl threaten to expose a shattering secret.
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Blending a story of extraordinary discovery in present day Ithaca with a gripping tale of heroic wartime exploits, the celebrated author of War Horse delivers an unforgettable hymn to personal courage and the legacies of storytelling.
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Inspired by E. Nesbit's evergreen novel, this moving, beautifully crafted tale from the bestselling author of the Tracy Beaker series tells of Phoebe, her mother and her siblings who must adjust to a new life after the beloved father of the family suddenly disappears.
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The author of A Series of Unfortunate Events invites readers to solve the mystery of his own demise in this unique volume full of surprises, delight and bewilderment, perfect for all fans.
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Co-written by astronaut Tim Peake, this pulsating middle grade sci-fi adventure finds humanity in danger from a supposedly benevolent alien hive mind and only Danny and his best friend Jamila can avert catastrophe.
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The authors of the former Waterstones Children's Book Prize nominee Kid Normal return with a wildly imaginative and funny tale of a devastating dream device and a group of resourceful kids who must rescue a professor from inside a living nightmare.
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Packed full of humour, excitement and lots of crazy creatures, O’Grady’s children’s debut sets a boy who can talk to animals on a quest to thwart the dastardly plans of Amsterdam’s premier supervillain.
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One of the UK's all-time leading goal scorers Ian Wright draws from his own life and together with author, poet and musician Musa Okwonga, tells an inspiring tale of thirteen-year-old Jerome who despite his difficult home life dreams of becoming a superstar striker.
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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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A powerful story about courage and friendship, the wild, mesmerising conclusion to the magical Frostheart trilogy sees a terrifying Devourer unleashed from its centuries-long imprisonment and Ash faced with his biggest and most important challenge yet.
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Set in an alternate future world where the terrifying Dragon of Death reigns supreme, the third immersive adventure in Katie and Kevin Tsang’s bestselling series finds our heroes desperately trying to save humanity from a chilling fate.
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Set amidst the landmarks of Paris, Povey’s enchanting adventure makes perfect reading for all young bookworms as our titular hero attempts to finish his parents’ story whilst thwarting the ingenious schemes of a master criminal.
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Harrison Beck undertakes another locomotive mystery in the fourth instalment of Leonard and Sedgman’s thrilling Adventures on Trains series, as a cursed family of railway tycoons high in the German mountains makes for a sinister supernatural mystery.
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The first part in an exciting new series from the multi-award-winning children’s author and illustrator ‘Draw with Rob’ Biddulph whisks the reader into the world of Peanut Jones as she searches for her disappeared father and finds her pen charged with magical powers.
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The bestselling author of the Mortal Engines series spins another enchanting story of fantastical adventure as a young orphan girl defends the coast of Wildsea from a mysterious, unseen threat.
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From the bestselling author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck comes a mesmerising tale about the power of imagination and the nature of love and loss, in which two people connect with each other through memory and dreams.
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Poisoned copies of The Wizard of Oz and journeys from the Emerald City to Venice keep Milo and Tilly busy in this mesmerising fourth instalment in Anna James’ bestselling series, perfect for all bibliophiles.
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The author of Time Travelling with a Hamster returns with a wildly imaginative tale that combines laugh-out-loud comedy with a poignant reflection on illness and the unbreakable bonds of friendship.
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A boy who has forgotten who he is arrives in a mystery house full of quiet shadowy children, all waiting for the arrival of the sinister Doctor in this spine-tingling tale, perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman and Ransom Riggs.
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A breathtaking conclusion to Malorie’s Blackman’s groundbreaking Noughts and Crosses dystopia, Endgame absorbs the real-world issues of the previous few years to provide a blisteringly topical and exciting read.
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Whisking the reader into the mysterious world of Shadowhunters, dark secrets and forbidden love, this gorgeous anniversary edition of the opening novel of Clare’s bestselling The Dark Artifices series boasts an exclusive introduction from the author and exciting bonus material.
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The author of the bestselling Cursebreaker trilogy returns with a thrilling new fantasy adventure set in a plague-riddled kingdom where a young vigilante must assassinate a cruel monarch so that his subjects can survive.
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Arriving in her Louisiana hometown La Cachette, renowned for its psychics, seventeen-year-old Grey discovers her childhood best friend has gone missing in this irresistibly haunting, atmospheric YA mystery, suffused with dark mythology and folklore.
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A scorching and intense YA thriller with a cast of fascinating characters, Lies Like Wildfire sees a group of friends become responsible for a terrible, deadly accident, with the burning secrets they vow to keep threatening to turn the rest of their lives into ashes.
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Explore the ups and downs of family life with the adorable Burpee Bears in the first of a delightful picture book series from the nation’s PE supremo Joe Wicks, complete with warm-up and wind-down exercise routines.
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With a cast including goblins, magic puddings and a mushroom queen, Gauld’s adorable and exquisitely illustrated tale of a young robot’s search for his sister combines gentle magical adventure with a whimsical tribute to sibling devotion.
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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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Things get very spooky in the vegetable aisle in this rip-roaring instalment in the bestselling Supertato series, as strange and ghostly things start to happen in the supermarket after closing time.
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The Bear family, from Murphy’s classic picture book Peace at Last, make a triumphant return with this joyously relatable tale of a day where things keep going wrong.
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The picture book dream team of Malorie Blackman and former Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winner Dapo Adeola deliver an irresistible story of adventure, imagination and family as two intrepid children transform their house into a fantasy landscape.
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This heart-warming addition to the bestselling series sees Twinkle the unicorn trying to get her little baby brother home by bedtime, while the magical forest they are travelling through offers inviting distractions.
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A brand-new character for the Little Miss universe, this tale of standing up for what you believe in and empowering others introduces the inspirational Little Miss Brave.
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Joining the ever-growing cast of Mr Men characters, Mr Calm is here to encourage both his friends and readers to meet all challenges in life with a cool head.
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From the author of The Worrysaurus comes the heart-melting story of a kind and caring dinosaur, perfect for teaching children about the value of compassion and love.
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The bickering duo from There’s a Bear on My Chair return for more rhyming fun, as Mouse causes an almighty rumpus in poor Bear’s abode.
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A riotous, pirate-packed adventure awaits in this hilarious tale of eccentric babysitting, flying ships and doughnut feasts, from the superstars of storytelling and illustration.
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Can Ruby break dragon tradition and learn to share with her animal friends? Find out in this funny and tender-hearted picture book from the author-illustrator of A Little Bit Brave.
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Based on a four-part episode of the hugely popular TV series, this sparkly picture book follows Peppa and family all the way to Hollywood (via New York and the Grand Canyon) for a screening of Super Potato’s epic new movie.
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The acclaimed picture book author embarks upon a seriously silly series for middle grade readers featuring two runaway foxes, a ferocious street-cat called Princess Buttons and a wild wood packed full of hilariously weird animal characters.
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The fifth in the wildly popular series about Toto, a blind cat with lightning reflexes and a nose for danger, is a typical blend of adventure and mystery as Toto and her brothers find themselves at bad-cat bootcamp with a dark stranger lurking nearby.
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Brimming with wisdom and warmth and loyal to the style of A.A. Milne, these adorable stories created by Jane Riordan for the official 95th anniversary prequel to Winnie-the-Pooh will be treasured by fans of all ages.
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Celebrating the astonishing, inspirational and eccentric, Guinness World Records 2022 puts environmental issues front and centre and also encourages readers to make a difference and break records themselves.
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Brimming with fascinating historical detail, magnificent maps and vivid illustrations, this gorgeous compendium tells the story of our globe from ancient history to the present day through twenty-five major cities from around the world, from Baghdad to Beijing, and from St Petersburg to Sydney.
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Compiled with Captain Sir Tom Moore's blessing, these one hundred stories of endeavour, bravery and hope during the pandemic range from vaccine creating scientists to local workers lightening the mood with fancy dress in a beautifully presented volume celebrating kindness and community.
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From Ancient Egypt to the present day, the author of Kay’s Anatomy presents a hilariously horrid history of medicine through the ages, describing everything from wee drinking to unexpected amputation with gruesome relish.
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This simply mesmerising compendium of 366 brilliant and important questions posed by children from all corners of the world, Everything Under the Sun brings experts from Michelin-star chefs to the curators of the Natural History Museum together to reveal the extraordinary answers.
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A perfect gift filled with classic poems and new favourites, this beautifully presented collection brings together a rich selection of inspiring verse, ranging from Shakespeare to Leonard Cohen, and from Emily Bronte to Sylvia Plath.
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Written in a storybook form and filled with fascinating facts as well as spell-binging myths and legends about dinosaurs and prehistoric life, this beautifully bound volume makes an ideal gift for young palaeontologists.
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