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The Lie Tree
by Frances Hardinge




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A teenage girl unravels lies and magic to solve her father's murder in this unforgettable and thought-provoking YA historical fantasy from award-winning novelist Frances Hardinge

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction. An ALA/ALSC Notable Children's Book and an ALA/YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten selection

Faith Sunderly leads a double life. To most people, she is modest and well mannered--a proper young lady who knows her place. But inside, Faith is burning with questions and curiosity. She keeps sharp watch of her surroundings and, therefore, knows secrets no one suspects her of knowing--like the real reason her family fed Kent to the close-knit island of Vane. And that her father's death was no accident.

In pursuit of revenge and justice for the father she idolizes, Faith hunts through his possessions, where she discovers a strange tree. A tree that bears fruit only when she whispers a lie to it. The fruit, in turn, delivers a hidden truth. The tree might hold the key to her father's murder. Or, it might lure the murderer directly to Faith herself, for lies--like fires, wild and crackling--quickly take on a life of their own.

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Overview

A teenage girl unravels lies and magic to solve her father's murder in this unforgettable and thought-provoking YA historical fantasy from award-winning novelist Frances Hardinge

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction. An ALA/ALSC Notable Children's Book and an ALA/YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten selection

Faith Sunderly leads a double life. To most people, she is modest and well mannered--a proper young lady who knows her place. But inside, Faith is burning with questions and curiosity. She keeps sharp watch of her surroundings and, therefore, knows secrets no one suspects her of knowing--like the real reason her family fed Kent to the close-knit island of Vane. And that her father's death was no accident.

In pursuit of revenge and justice for the father she idolizes, Faith hunts through his possessions, where she discovers a strange tree. A tree that bears fruit only when she whispers a lie to it. The fruit, in turn, delivers a hidden truth. The tree might hold the key to her father's murder. Or, it might lure the murderer directly to Faith herself, for lies--like fires, wild and crackling--quickly take on a life of their own.

 

Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419718953
  • ISBN-10: 1419718959
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
  • Publish Date: April 2016
  • Page Count: 384
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-17
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds


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Bearer of dangerous fruit

BookPage Teen Top Pick, May 2016

It’s the middle of the 19th century. Darwin’s On the Origin of Species has shaken up the scientific world, new photographic technology has led to creepy death photography, and fossil hunting is all the rage. Faith Sunderly and her family have just moved to the British island of Vale so that her father, the disgraced scientist Reverend Sunderly, can participate in a local dig. When her father is found dead after a mysterious nighttime adventure, Faith—who far prefers science to society drama and babysitting her needy brother, Howard—isn’t convinced that her father’s death was an accident or a suicide. She thinks that someone on the island is guilty of murder.

While investigating, Faith comes upon a plant that her father may have died to protect: a Lie Tree that, when fed lies, grows a fruit that reveals secrets to those who eat it. Soon, rumors of vengeful ghosts and hidden treasure begin to circulate on the island. Are these lies, spread by Faith in pursuit of justice for her father—a questionable means to a worthwhile end? Who killed Faith’s father—and why? Author Frances Hardinge gives readers enough clues to solve these mysteries, but like the Lie Tree itself, they’re well hidden.

Part historical fiction, part mystery, part gender study and part reflection on the tangled relationship between science and religion, The Lie Tree is a must-read for any teen who loved Jacqueline Kelly’s The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.

 

This article was originally published in the May 2016 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 

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