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The Lie Tree

by Frances Hardinge

'new gen' - Great Fiction for Young Adults Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel eBooks of the Month

LoveReading View on The Lie Tree

Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding is this hugely entertaining and dramatic Victorian thriller. When Faith’s father dies suddenly she knows she must try to find out exactly what he was hiding in the local caves she had recently visited with him. Discovering the extraordinary Lie Tree which thrives off hearing lies and, in turn, reveals secrets long kept hidden Faith begins to uncover a web of secrets and mysteries that will change her view of the world forever. Faith is a feisty heroine whose courage combined with a determination that girls can be brave and resolute leads to the exposure of much dishonesty and many deceptions. Julia Eccleshare.

WINNER of the 2015 COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR and Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 

Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016.

Winner of the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 12 - 16 year old category.

The Lie Tree is only the second children’s book to take the overall Costa Book of the Year prize, and the first since Philip Pullman won with The Amber Spyglass in 2001.

James Heneage, chair of the final judges, said: “Part horror, part detective, part historical, this is a fantastic story with great central characters and narrative tension.  It’s not only a fabulous children’s book but a book that readers of all ages will love."

The Lie Tree Synopsis

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 . . .

The Lie Tree Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Edel Waugh - '. I really enjoyed this story, mystery, magic and no good neighbours on a small island where this feisty young girl quickly learns who friend and foe are.'
  • Izzy Read - 'Overall, with unexpected plot twists, lies, a mystery and the tale of underdog, I loved The Lie Tree and hope it gets the credit it deserves!'
  • Jessica Anderson - 'a completely original read...This book was so thrilling, it sucked me in after the first few pages.'
  • Destiny Maraj, age 13 - 'quite enjoyable and a good read!'
  • Benedict Simpson, age 12 - 'I found this book a bit hard to get started but as I got to the climax I could barely put it down!'
  • Katherine Sheldon - 'a brilliant book...it is one of the best books I have reviewed yet!!'
  • Poppy, age 16 - 'I found 'The Lie Tree' simply captivating, a truly fantastic book. I could not put it down, there was a constant cliff-hanging edge to it, that made it impossible for me to stop reading. I loved it.'
  • Ella Hollingshead, age 14 - 'A fantastic novel that will appeal to readers of the mystery genre.'

The Lie Tree Press Reviews

The Lie Tree is brilliant: dark, thrilling, utterly original. Everyone should read Frances Hardinge. Everyone. Right now. -- Patrick Ness

Intricate plotting, well-developed and fascinating characters, delicious humor, and exquisite worldcraft envelop readers fully into this richly imagined world. -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

Incredibly well written. -- Seattle Times

A rich and intensive tale. One to keep an eye on. -- Publishing News

A rollicking read to be savored. -- Bookseller (London)

A wonderful and wondrous novel. Frances Hardinge has joined the company of writers whose books I will always seek out and read. -  Garth Nix

A rollicking read to be savored. -- Bookseller (London)



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ISBN: 9781509868162
Publication date: 22/03/2018
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781509868162
Publication date: 22nd March 2018
Author: Frances Hardinge
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites,
Categories: Historical fiction (Children's / Teenage), Crime & mystery fiction (Children's / Teenage), Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage),

About Frances Hardinge

Frances Hardinge spent a large part of her childhood in a huge old house that inspired her to write strange stories from an early age. She read English at Oxford University, then got a job at a software company. However, a few years later a persistent friend finally managed to bully Frances into sending a few chapters of Fly by Night, her first children's novel, to a publisher. Macmillan made her an immediate offer. The book went on to publish to huge critical acclaim and win the Branford Boase First Novel Award. The Lie Tree is Frances's seventh novel.   ...

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