The Lie Tree

3.93 based on 4536 ratings & 862 reviews on Goodreads.com

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 . . .

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. Cuckoo Song is Frances's sixth novel.

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Books by Frances Hardinge

Twilight Robbery
Twilight Robbery
Fly By Night
Fly By Night
The Lie Tree: Illustrated Edition
The Lie Tree: Illustrated Edition
The Lie Tree Special Edition
The Lie Tree Special Edition
Verdigris Deep
Verdigris Deep
A Face Like Glass
A Face Like Glass
Cuckoo Song
Cuckoo Song
Gullstruck Island
Gullstruck Island

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Frances Hardinge wins the <br/>Costa Book Award 2015

Frances Hardinge wins the
Costa Book Award 2015

27 January 2016

By Macmillan Children's Books

We're incredibly proud that Frances Hardinge's children's book, The Lie Tree, has been announced as the 2015 Costa Book of the Year.  

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Frances Hardinge’s The Lie Tree wins the Costa Children’s Book Award 2015

Frances Hardinge’s The Lie Tree wins the Costa Children’s Book Award 2015

05 January 2016

By Pan Macmillan

Macmillan Children’s Books is so proud to announce that the uniquely talented writer Frances Hardinge has won the Costa Children’s Book Award for her extraordinary novel The Lie Tree.

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