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How to Join In…

  • Choose an MG book that you have read and enjoyed recently, sharing the cover and publishing information.
  • Turn to page 11 and share your favourite sentence.
  • Choose three words to describe the book.
  • Write a review or share a link to your review.
The Supreme Lie by Geraldine McCaughrean, Cover Illustrations by Leo Nickolls, Published by Usborne Publishing

Page 11 Sentence: “Her face had not been seen by the world-at-large for several years, though her bright red lipstick glowed through the veil.”

Three Words to Describe The Supreme Lie: Intense, Thrilling and Intriguing

My Review: This cover had me clicking request quickly on Netgalley! The title is intriguing and begged reading. I was thrilled when the approval was given.

Diving in, the book was a slow start, introducing the characters and fictional land known as Afalia. This was all necessary to the central plot of the story and it is those details that showcase the brilliance of Geraldine McCaughrean.

The Supreme Leader of Afalia wears a veil to cover her face so no one knows what she looks like. She comes across as selfish and cruel. The land is in danger from the constant rain and other towns and cities are flooding and wanting help from Afalia. Determined to escape, she boards a train and leaves behind her city, her husband and maid Gloria. These two will need to work together, conspire and lie to ensure the safety of Afalia and its people.

The Supreme Lie comes in the form of a secret kept from everyone! The unique and beautifully written tale is brilliant for older readers- full of drama, political intrigue, adventure and corruption, this is one to dive into. It kept me reading late into the night as I couldn’t put it down.

At times I was shocked, surprised, horrified and sad. At others I laughed, felt a happy ending was in sight and hopeful. A brilliant book for Yr 6 and above- I wouldn’t give it to anyone younger- there are some tricky scenes to navigate.

A Fantastic book! One I now have a physical copy of and have already loaned to a friend, knowing she will love it just as much.


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