The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
Faith’s father was a respected naturalist, but after one of his recent finds is called into question scandal ensues and her family flees to a remote island town to try to escape the whispers and stares. She generally engages in some light snooping as a matter of course (no one will tell her anything, both because of her age and because she is a girl) and after her father’s death she starts reading his papers in earnest to try to prove that he was murdered. She discovers that her father has been hiding a tree that feeds on lies and promises to reveal a truth to any person who eats its fruit. Faith decides the best way to find out what happened to her father is to feed the tree and eat one of the fruits.
Aside from being an intriguing mystery, this book explores issues like women’s place in the scientific world, how scientific advances might affect religious belief, and obsession with advancement at the expense of others. Recommended for readers who like mysteries, historical fiction, or who are just looking for something interesting to read.