The Supreme Lie
April 2021 (Usborne)
Fifteen-year-old Gloria is maid to Afalia's tyrannical Head of State, Madame Suprema. When the country is hit by unprecedented flooding, Madame Suprema runs away, fearing she will be blamed for the crisis. To cover up this cowardly act, Gloria is made to step into Madame Suprema's shoes and is thrust into a world of corrupt and desperate politicians. As Gloria becomes aware of the forces toying with her every move, she must take decisions that could save, or end, thousands of lives - including her own... A brilliant and darkly funny commentary on our present times.
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Philip Reeve (author of Mortal Engines):
"The mind of Geraldine McCaughrean is one of the great natural wonders of our universe...The Supreme Lie will need reading at least twice: once in a rush as you’re carried along by the twisting narrative, and again at a more leisurely pace so you can fully appreciate the writing."
Young star reader Zachary B:
"A great piece of writing, and oddly realistic. It made me wonder what extreme conditions can be brought about by natural disasters. I also loved the language."