The Greatest Inventor, by Ben Brooks, Quercus, RRP£9.99, 256 pages

A boy and his giant tortoise undertake a quest to save their village from a plague. Brooks’s spectacular fiction debut plays fast and loose with the clichés and conventions of fantasy fiction, subverting expectation at every turn, while at the same time offering a non-preachy critique of unbridled capitalism. JL

I Am a Book. I Am a Portal to the Universe, by Stefanie Posavec and Miriam Quick, Particular Books, RRP£14.99, 112 pages

In an inventive reimagining of the “infographic” format, the fascinating facts here are presented in such a way that the book becomes its own yardstick for measuring everything from DNA to supernovas. Through ingenious use of typography and design, the authors make mind-boggling statistics easy to grasp and engaging. JL

The Wolf Road, by Richard Lambert, Everything With Words, RRP£8.99, 352 pages

Lucas has survived the car crash that killed his parents, caused by an animal in the road. Now living miserably with his grandmother in the Lake District and tormented by memories, he must tackle school bullies along with the wolf that seems to be stalking him along the fells. A poetic and heartfelt study of trauma. SF

Best Books of the Year 2020

All this week, FT writers and critics share their favourites. Some highlights are:

Monday: Business by Andrew Hill
Tuesday: Economics by Martin Wolf
Wednesday: Politics by Gideon Rachman
Thursday: History by Tony Barber
Friday: Critics’ choice
Saturday: Crime by Barry Forshaw

The Cousins, by Karen M McManus, Penguin, RRP£7.99, 336 pages

Summoned by the grandmother they have never met, Milly, Josh and Aubrey travel to an exclusive island off the Massachusetts coast to try and find out why she disinherited their parents with the brusque message: “You know what you did”. A glossy thriller full of secrets and mind-games that still has room for a little romance. SF

Dear Justyce, by Nic Stone, Simon and Schuster, RRP£7.99, 288 pages

Justyce and Quan, two black kids from Atlanta, have taken different paths; Justyce studies law at Yale, while Quan was left struggling when his home life imploded. Wrongly accused of killing a cop, Quan pours out his story in a series of vivid, slangy letters. Stone paints a picture of endemic unfairness in the justice system. SF

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