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The Supreme Lie

by Geraldine Mccaughrean

'new gen' - Great Books for Young Adults Action / Adventure / Spy / Espionage Sci-Fi and Fantasy

LoveReading View on The Supreme Lie

Multi award-winning author Geraldine McCaughrean has written her most timely and acutely prescient novel to date. The Supreme Lie, set in a world paralysed by natural disaster and dangerous politics, tackles contemporary themes about governments lying in the face of a disaster, how easily ordinary people can be manipulated through fear and how the media can be controlled to suit those in power.


The Supreme Lie Synopsis

Fifteen-year-old Gloria is maid to Afalia's tyrannical Head of State, Madame Suprema. When the country is hit by unprecedented flooding, Madame Suprema runs away, fearing she will be blamed for the crisis. To cover up this cowardly act, Gloria is made to step into Madame Suprema's shoes and is thrust into a world of corrupt and desperate politicians. As Gloria becomes aware of the forces toying with her every move, she must take decisions that could save, or end, thousands of lives - including her own... 

Geraldine says of The Supreme Lie, “Have you ever wondered, during the last year: ‘Are the Government telling us everything?’ ‘Are the papers trying to scare us?’ ‘Are they making things up?’ They’re probably not. But there have been times when statesmen told lies, when newspapers invented the facts, when promises were worthless and, as a result, a lot of people died. I read of one such scandal that took place in America in the 1920s, and I set about designing a fictional country where imminent danger threatens, panic is everywhere, and the truth is hard to come by.”

Anne Finnis, Fiction Deputy Director, Usborne says “Geraldine never ceases to surprise with her incredible imagination and ability to find a totally unique story to tell, and this blistering new novel is no exception. What remains constant in her writing however is her ability to create totally relatable characters, her complete and utter mastery of the English language, offering up some of the most glorious sentences I’ve ever read.”


The Supreme Lie Press Reviews

The mind of Geraldine McCaughrean is one of the great natural wonders of our universe. - Philip Reeve, author of Mortal Engines

A stunning new novel by one of our finest writers for the young. - Tim Bowler, author of River Boy

Unusual, compelling, ambitious; a visual feast of the imagination. - John McLay, Literary Scout

A vintage McCaughrean to savour! - Joy Court, UKLA & The School Librarian

Extraordinary, rich and wonderful! - Julia Green, author of The Children of Swallow Fell

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ISBN: 9781474970686
Publication date: 15/04/2021
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781474970686
Publication date: 15th April 2021
Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, Action Adventure / Spy, Sci-Fi and Fantasy,
Categories: Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage), Social issues: environment & green issues (Children's / Teenage),

About Geraldine Mccaughrean

Geraldine McCaughrean (born 1951) trained as a teacher but learned only that she was useless at teaching. So she worked instead as a sub at a partwork magazine company, perfect training in cutting to length, abandoning pretentions and writing blurbs. A Carnegie Medallist, three-time winner of the Whitbread and the very first recipient of the Blue Peter Book Award, she has written almost 150 books and plays.  In 2006 she was blessed with the chance to write the official sequel to J M Barrie’s Peter Pan at the behest of Great Ormond Street Hospital.  Peter Pan in Scarlet has ...

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