This is only the second children’s book in the prize’s history to win Book of the Year – the first in 2001 was Philip Pullman’s The Amber Spyglass
The Lie Tree, the author’s seventh novel, tells the story of Faith Sunderly whose family have shipped out from England to a remote island to escape scandal. When Faith’s father is found dead under mysterious circumstances, she is determined to untangle the truth from the lies. Searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree that feeds off whispered lies. It will take all Faith’s courage to discover the truth behind the curious events on the island of Vane, and what, or who, killed her beloved father.
Very many congratulations to Frances. I look forward to reading it very soon.