'The Lie Tree' becomes the second EVER youth fiction book to win the Costa Book Of The Year prize

Last time it was The Amber Spyglass, so it's kind of a biggie

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'The Lie Tree' is only the second EVER youth fiction book to win the Costa Book Of The Year prize
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On Tuesday night, anyone who's anyone in the world of literature got together to hear who'd won Britain's Costa Book of The Year Prize, and the result was kind of awesome.

The 2015 award went to Frances Hardinge's 'The Lie Tree', which is now only the second EVER youth fiction book to bag the prestigious prize. So in other words, you NEED to get reading this one asap.

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It's kind of a biggie that The Lie Tree has taken home the prize, as judges choose the book of the year from ALL the categories in the competition - novel, first novel, biography, children's book AND poetry.

The only other children's book to EVER scoop the win was The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman way back in 2001, which has since becoming kind of a classic. 

So what's The Lie Tree all about then?

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14 year old 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. But as Faith's tales spiral out of control, she discovers that where lies seduce, truths shatter.

Basically, you NEED to read this one - and not just because everyone's going to be talking about it for the rest of the year.

Have you rad The Lie Tree, or is it on your list? Let us know with a tweet to @Sugarscape.

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