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Children’s Fiction to Look Forward to in 2021 (January-April)

In this list, you can find our curated picks of upcoming children’s fiction in 2021!

Just a note that because this is a list of forthcoming titles, some purchases will be pre-orders and you will receive your books as they are published over the coming months.

How to Be a Hero by Cat Weldon, Katie Kear

Published: 21st Jan '21
Paperback / softback
£6.99

For readers aged 6+

When failing trainee valkyrie Lotta mistakes an unconscious viking thief, Whetstone, for a fallen hero and takes him triumphantly to Valhalla, things are definitely not turning out to be epic or glorious. Having lost a precious talking cup, Whetstone is also desperate to cover up his mistake and the two embark on a quarrelsome journey to find it and regain their heroic status. But Loki the trickster God is desperate to get his hands on the cup with a plan to unleash chaos across the nine worlds.

The first in a hilarious and fast-paced trilogy about how to be brave, what it means to be a hero and just how confusing the Norse Gods really are.

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Murder on the Safari Star by Elisa Paganelli, M. G. Leonard, Sam Sedgman

Published: 4th Feb '21
Paperback / softback
£6.99

For readers aged 9+

All-aboard for the third amazing journey in the bestselling Adventures on Trains series, Murder on the Safari Star, from M. G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman, illustrated throughout by Elisa Paganelli.

Harrison Beck and his Uncle Nat are on the journey of a lifetime aboard the Safari Star – a luxurious steam train that will take them from Pretoria to the stunning Victoria Falls. Close encounters with the amazing animals and landscape of Southern Africa are adventure enough, but things get mysterious when a passenger is found dead inside a locked compartment. Is it just a terrible accident or is something more suspicious afoot? It’s up to train detective Hal and his new friend Winston to find out.

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Last Bear, The by Hannah Gold, Levi Pinfold

Published: 18th Feb '21
Hardback
£12.99

For readers aged 9+

There are no polar bears left on Bear Island. At least, that’s what April’s father tells her when his scientific research takes them to this remote Arctic outpost for six months.

But one endless summer night, April meets one. He is starving, lonely and a long way from home. Determined to save him, April begins the most important journey of her life…

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Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow by Benjamin Dean, Sandhya Prabhat

Published: 4th Feb '21
Paperback / softback
£7.99

For readers aged 10+

My name’s Archie Albright, and I know two things for certain: 1.

My mum and dad kind of hate each other, and they’re not doing a great job of pretending that they don’t anymore. 2. They’re both keeping a secret from me, but I can’t figure out what.

Things aren’t going great for Archie Albright. His dad’s acting weird, his mum too, and he all he wants is for everything to go back to normal, to three months before when his parents were happy and still lived together. When Archie sees a colourful, crumpled flyer fall out of Dad’s pocket, he thinks he may have found the answer.

Only problem? The answer might just lie at the end of the rainbow, an adventure away. Together with his best friends, Bell and Seb, Archie sets off on a heartwarming and unforgettable journey to try and fix his family, even if he has to break a few rules to do it…

 

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Hatmakers, The by Paola Escobar, Tamzin Merchant

Published: 18th Feb '21
Hardback
£12.99

For readers aged 10+

Cordelia comes from a long line of magical milliners, who weave alchemy and enchantment into every hat.

In Cordelia’s world, Making – crafting items such as hats, cloaks, watches, boots and gloves from magical ingredients – is a rare and ancient skill, and only a few special Maker families remain. When Cordelia’s father Prospero and his ship, the Jolly Bonnet, are lost at sea during a mission to collect hat ingredients, Cordelia is determined to find him. But Uncle Tiberius and Aunt Ariadne have no time to help the littlest Hatmaker, for an ancient rivalry between the Maker families is threatening to surface.

Worse, someone seems to be using Maker magic to start a war. It’s up to Cordelia to find out who, and why.

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Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Published: 7th Jan '21
Paperback / softback
£6.99

For readers aged 10+

Mia Tang has a lot of secrets: 1. She lives in a motel, not a big house. 2. Her parents hide immigrants. 3. She wants to be a writer.

It will take all of Mia’s courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, and go for her dreams?

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Show Us Who You Are by Elle McNicoll

Published: 4th Mar '21
Paperback / softback
£6.99

For readers aged 10+

Show Us Who You Are is a spectacular story set in the near future featuring Cora, a 12-year- old girl who becomes involved with the Pomegranate Institute, where AI is being used to create holograms of people to comfort their grieving families.

This is a gripping #OwnVoices story that explores friendship, grief, loss, and what really makes us who we are.

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Melt by Ele Fountain

Published: 29th Apr '21
Paperback / softback
£7.99

For readers aged 11+

Melt follows two young characters united by greed and self-interest, but not their own.

A boy lives in a remote, snow-bound village with his elderly grandmother. Their traditional way of life is threatened by the changing ice and snow: they melt faster every year. When the sea ice collapses while he is out hunting, he manages to survive but is left stranded in the Arctic tundra.

Meanwhile, a girl is trying to adapt to a new school. Her father promises his new job at an oil company will mean they never have to move again, but not long after he starts, his behaviour becomes odd and secretive.

Then their fates take a drastic turn: the girl’s world collides with the boy’s and they find themselves together in a desperate search for survival, and for the truth.

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Amari and the Night Brothers by BB Alston

Published: 21st Jan '21
Hardback
£12.99

For readers aged 12+

Amari Peters knows three things. Her big brother Quinton has gone missing. No one will talk about it. His mysterious job holds the secret… So when Amari gets an invitation to the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, she’s certain this is her chance to find Quinton.

But first she has to get her head around the new world of the Bureau, where mermaids, aliens and magicians are real, and her roommate is a weredragon. Amari must compete against kids who’ve known about the supernatural world their whole lives, and when each trainee is awarded a special supernatural talent, Amari is given an illegal talent – one that the Bureau views as dangerous. With an evil magician threatening the whole supernatural world, and her own classmates thinking she is the enemy, Amari has never felt more alone.

But if she doesn’t pass the three tryouts, she may never find out what happened to Quinton.

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