The Lie Tree

index.jpgThe Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge was the Costa Book of the Year for 2015 and is sure to be one of the best books of the year and a contender for the Printz Award this year!

Faith has a thirst for science and secrets that the rigid confines of her class cannot suppress. And so it is that she discovers her disgraced father’s journals, filled with the scribbled notes and theories of a man driven close to madness. Tales of a strange tree which, when told a lie, will uncover a truth: the greater the lie, the greater the truth revealed to the liar. Faith’s search for the tree leads her into great danger – for where lies seduce, truths shatter . . .

This book takes place at a time in history when Darwin’s theories of evolution along with other “naturalists” were being proposed and debated and the lines between science and religion became blurred. Faith as a protagonist and her view into this complicated time (an especially complicated time to be a young woman!) is wonderful.

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