The Lie Tree: Illustrated Edition by Frances Hardinge
  

The Lie Tree: Illustrated Edition

Written by Frances Hardinge
Illustrated by Chris Riddell

13+ readers   YA readers   

RRP £12.99

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

A beautiful illustrated gift edition of Frances Hardinge's 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. Chris Riddells gothic illustrations are perfectly suited to this spellbinding novel. ~ Julia Eccleshare.

Winner of the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 12 - 16 year old category, Winner of the 2015 Costa Book of the Year and Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award.

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."

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 The Lie Tree. 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.'

Synopsis

The Lie Tree: Illustrated Edition by Frances Hardinge

Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2015, The Lie Tree is a dark and powerful novel from universally acclaimed author, Frances Hardinge, and illustrated by Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell.

It was not enough. All knowledge- any knowledge - called to Faith, and there was a delicious, poisonous pleasure in stealing it unseen. Faith has a thirst for science and secrets that the rigid confines of her class cannot supress. And so it is that she discovers her disgraced father's journals, filled with the scribbled notes and theories of a man driven close to madness. Tales of a strange tree which, when told a lie, will uncover a truth: the greater the lie, the greater the truth revealed to the liar. Faith's search for the tree leads her into great danger - for where lies seduce, truths shatter ...

The Lie Tree: Illustrated Edition is packed full of gorgeous black and white illustrations by double Kate Greenaway Medal winning-illustrator, Chris Riddell, author of the Goth Girl and Ottoline series.

Reviews

Fun and ingenious, with plenty of cliffhangers [and] a healthy dash of feminism. Guardian Review

Hardinge is a hugely talented writer of tireless invention and prose. Guardian

Hardinge writes with energy and verve. The Times

Brilliant, dark, thrilling, utterly original. -- Patrick Ness

I loved this book so much. -- Lucy Mangan

A sinuously beguiling tale of faith, science and murder. Sunday Times News Review

A substantial text that is complex and intelligent: a lustrous, delicious romp about evolution and feminism ... The vivid, beautifully powerful whole plays with genre, language and expectation. -- Philip Womack Daily Telegraph

This historical fantasy, written with Hardinge's rare precision and originality of language, illuminates the Victorian age and resonates for ours. -- Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times Children's Book of the Year

Throwing evolution, feminism and revenge tragedy together, The Lie Tree is a thrilling, gleamingly involving novel that anyone might enjoy, with gorgeous, lush writing matched by a vividly hooking plot. -- Philip Womack The Literary Review

Stylishly imaginative. New Statesman

The Lie Tree is a fantastic story. It is an important book, not only because it is a great narrative, with great characterization, but because its central message of possibility for an intelligent girl who is out of touch for the age in which she lives is a very important one and relevant for today. -- James Heneage, Chair of the Costa Judges

A new novel by Hardinge is always an event and this latest has her usual precision and originality of language, while telling an absorbing historical tale. Sunday Times

About the Author

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. She has since written many highly acclaimed children's novels including, Fly By Night's sequel, Twilight Robbery, as well as the Carnegie shortlisted Cuckoo Song and the Costa Book of the Year winner, The Lie Tree.

Author photo © David Levenson

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Format

Hardback
496 pages

Author

Frances Hardinge
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Author's Website

www.franceshardinge.com/

Publisher

Macmillan an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

20th October 2016

ISBN

9781509837557

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