US film and TV producer Louise Goodsill has optioned Frances Hardinge's award-winning novel The Lie Tree (Pan Macmillan Children’s Books).
Goodsill bought the film and TV rights from Emily Hayward Whitlock at The Artists Partnership on behalf of Nancy Miles at the Miles Stott Children's Literary Agency.
The Lie Tree, which was published by Pan Macmillan Children’s Books in 2015, was awarded Costa Book of the Year in 2015 as well as the UKLA prize 12 to 16 category, the 2016 Boston Globe / Horn Book Fiction Award and the LA Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature. It was shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers Week Award 2015, the 2016 Carnegie Medal, and the Guardian Children's Fiction prize 2015. It has sold in 30 languages.
The Lie Tree is Hardinge's seventh novel. She said: "This is wonderful news, and it's lovely to know that my book is in such experienced hands."
Goodsill, who is known for her work on "Phantom of the Opera", "An Education", and "August Rush", said: “Frances has written a beautiful and magical novel, and I am thrilled by the opportunity to bring this exceptional story to the screen.”