The Lie Tree
Costa Book of the Year Award
British Book Awards: Children's Book of the Year
The CILIP Carnegie Medal
Costa Children's Book Award
YA Book Prize
UKLA 12-16+ Category
Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2015.
The Lie Tree is a wonderfully evocative and atmospheric novel by Frances Hardinge, award-winning author of Cuckoo Song and Fly By Night.
Faith's father has been found dead under mysterious circumstances, and as she is searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree. The tree only grows healthy and bears fruit if you whisper a lie to it. The fruit of the tree, when eaten, will deliver a hidden truth to the person who consumes it. The bigger the lie, the more people who believe it, the bigger the truth that is uncovered.
The girl realizes that she is good at lying and that the tree might hold the key to her father's murder, so she begins to spread untruths far and wide across her small island community. But as her tales spiral out of control, she discovers that where lies seduce, truths shatter . . .
In the media
The Lie Tree is brilliant: dark, thrilling, utterly original. Everyone should read Frances Hardinge. Everyone. Right now.
Patrick Ness, author of A Monster Calls
The Lie Tree is a wonder. I can't think of anyone who would not love this story.
I loved this book so much.
Complex and intelligent: a lustrous, delicious romp.
Philip Womack The Telegraph