The Lie TreeBook - 2016
An ALA/ALSC Notable Children&;s Book and an ALA/YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten selection
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
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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On an island off the south coast of Victorian England, Faith investigates the mysterious death of her father, who was involved in a scandal, and discovers a tree that feeds upon lies and gives those who eat its fruit visions of truth.
On an island off the south coast of Victorian England, fourteen-year-old Faith investigates the mysterious death of her father, who was involved in a scandal, and discovers a tree that feeds upon lies and gives those who eat its fruit visions of truth.
Concealing her curious nature behind the façade of a dull and respectable young lady, Faith acquires secrets gleaned from her inability to resist mysteries and resolves to avenge the murder of her scandal-fleeing scientist father. By the award-winning author of Cuckoo Song.
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Frightening or Intense Scenes: There's a scene in which Faith's father rejects her dreams of being a scholar that is just crushing.
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“All the while the air softly hummed with murmured lies.
There were kind lies. You still look beautiful. I love you. I forgive you.
There were frightened lies. Someone else just have taken it Of course I am Anglican. I never saw that baby before.
There were predatory lies. Buy this tonic if you want your child to recover. I will look after you. Your secret is safe with me.
Half-lies, and the tense little silences where a truth should have been. Lies like knives, lies like poultices. The tiger’s stripe, and the fawn’s dusky dapple. And everywhere, everywhere, the lies that people told themselves. Dreams like cut flowers, with no nourishing root. Will-o’-the-wisp lights to make them less alone in the dark. Hollow resolutions and empty excuses.” -- pg. 347
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