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The Lie Tree
Cover of The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
Author Frances Hardinge
CoverĀ artist James Fraser
Country UK
Genre Children's fantasy
SetĀ in Victorian Britain
Published 2015 (Macmillan)
Pages 413
Awards 2015 Costa Book of the Year
ISBN 978-1-4472-6411-8

The Lie Tree is the seventh children's fantasy novel by Frances Hardinge, published in 2015 by Macmillan Publishers. The book won the 2015 Costa Book of the Year.


The Lie Tree is set in the male-dominated Victorian scientific society, and tells the story of Faith Sunderly, a 14-year-old girl whose father is killed in mysterious circumstances after the family moves to the fictional island of Vane. In her efforts to discover what happened to her father, and to follow his footsteps of studying natural science, she discovers a tree that provides truths by feeding on whispered lies. 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.

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