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Our top YA books of the month for October 2020

  • Our early autumn picks include the 2020 Carnegie Medal winner that pays tribute to ‘Wuthering Heights’, and a Gothic, Dickensian tale fit for Halloween season
  • Every month we recommend great reads for teens to add to your TBR pile
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Lie back, relax, enjoy the cooler weather, and get lost in a great book.

Each month, we’ll share four of the books we reviewed. If you read any of them, share on social media, and don’t forget to tag us @youngposthk !

The Immortalists

The ImmortalistsSet in 1980s San Francisco, this follows four siblings who are told by a fortune-teller when each of them will die, and how each deals with that knowledge as they grow up. It’s a beautifully rendered tale that will remind you of the effect our decisions can have on your life – or not.

Read our review here, and buy a copy here.

Girl. Boy. Sea.

Girl. Boy. Sea.Bill is part of a small crew of teenage boys training to take part in a Youth Sail Challenge, working aboard a small yacht, and being put through his paces. Everything is going fine until a sudden storm forces the crew to abandon ship and escape on the life raft. In the chaos, Bill is separated from them, and left alone on the sinking yacht. Miraculously he survives, and drifts in and out of consciousness; on the point of delirium, he spots a dark shape floating towards him. It’s a barrel – and there's a young girl clinging onto it for dear life. This is a thriling tale of survival at sea.

Read our review here, and buy a copy here.

The Clockwork Crow

The Clockwork CrowSeren Rhys is the classic Victorian orphan straight out of Charles Dickens’ novels. After living for 12 years in an orphanage, she has suddenly been adopted by a godfather she didn’t know she had. But there is no warm family welcome when she arrives at her new home. Left to her own devices, Seren unwraps a parcel she was handed by a mysterious stranger. She finds a collection of bits and pieces that she assembles into a threadbare, clockwork bird. She winds the key, and can’t believe what happens next ... A real spin on the classic Gothic novel for older children and young teens.

Read our review here, and buy a copy here.


LarkNicky and Kenny have a difficult home life. Kenny is learning-disabled, and relies on his younger sibling when things become difficult. The boys’ mother walked out of the family many years ago, and Dad has alcohol problems. At least they live in a beautiful part of the country. But when the nature-loving brothers plan a trip to the wild and desolate moors, things go very wrong, and their relationship is put to the test. A heart-breaking, spare tale of love and survival.

Read our review here, and buy a copy here.

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