Our media review this month isFrancis Hardinge’s novel The Lie Tree which recently won the Costa Book of the Year Award for 2015. It’s the first children’s book to win the prize since 2001 when Philip Pullman’s novel The Amber Spyglass did the honours. The judges praised Hardinge’s novel for being a work of “great narrative tension” and a “multi-layered page-turner”. But, more importantly, what did our smallVOICE team think? Hear their review in our March podcast [from around 5’12 ].
“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. Faith 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 . . .”
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge is published in paperback by Macmillan