For the second time in it’s 45 year history the Costa Book of the Year Award (chosen from the five category winners announced a few weeks ago) goes to a children’s book. Part detective story, part mystery and part historical fiction, The Lie Tree written by Frances Hardinge follows Faith, a bright 14 year old girl with an interest in science, unearthing the truth about her father’s mysterious death. Plenty of Victorian girl power, perfect for teenage girls and, I’m sure, boys too. Philip Pullman is the only other children’s author to win this prize, so maybe that says something.
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