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 ...