Book Review: Two Truths and a Lie + Giveaway

Book Review: Two Truths and a Lie + GiveawayTwo Truths and a Lie: It's Alive! by Ammi-Joan Paquette, Laurie Ann Thompson
Published by Walden Pond Press on June 27th 2017
Pages: 176

Two Truths and a Lie is the first book in a fascinating new series that presents some of the most crazy-but-true stories about the living world as well as a handful of stories that are too crazy to be true—and asks readers to separate facts from the fakes!

Did you know that there is a fungus that can control the mind of an ant and make it do its bidding? Would you believe there is such a thing as a corpse flower—a ten-foot-tall plant with a blossom that smells like a zombie? How about a species of octopus that doesn’t live in water but rather lurks in trees in the Pacific Northwest?

Every story in this book is strange and astounding. But not all of them are real. Just like the old game in this book’s title, two out of every three stories are completely true and one is an outright lie. Can you guess which? It’s not going to be easy. Some false stories are based on truth, and some of the true stories are just plain unbelievable. And they’re all accompanied by dozens of photos, maps, and illustrations. Amaze yourself and trick your friends as you sort out the fakes from the facts!

Acclaimed authors Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson have teamed up to create a series of sneaky stories about the natural world designed to amaze, disgust, and occasionally bamboozle you.

Two Truths and a Lie is an exciting new series that presents three articles on similar topics, but only two of them are completely true. Readers can actively search and look to see which one is true or not. At the end of the book, it does go section by section and go over which ones are true and which was not true. I loved the research tips section as well as the bibliography. I feel like you could use this book as a bibliography tool as well, showing students they can use a bibliography to do further research and see original articles and texts on the subject.  I liked the way that the information was presented in each article. All of them were interesting and hopefully would encourage readers to explore and see if the article was true or not.

Overall, a really enjoyable book that can be read for fun and information but also be used for teaching research and verifying information.


About the Authors


Ammi-Joan Paquette has traveled to twenty-four countries, has the ability to wake herself up at a given time without an alarm clock, and once climbed Mt. Everest. (Not all of these are true!) Joan is the author of the novels Rules for Ghosting, Paradox, and Nowhere Girl, as well as the picture books Petey and Pru and the Hullabaloo, Ghost in the House, The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids, and The Tiptoes Guide to Tracking Fairies. She lives outside Boston, Massachusetts, where she balances her own writing and her day job as a literary agent. You can visit her online at


Laurie Ann Thompson has ridden a pig, gotten stuck in an elevator overnight, and jumped out of a perfectly good airplane. (One of these facts is not true; can you guess which?) She is the author of Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters, My Dog Is the Best, and Emmanuel’s Dream, a picture book biography about Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, which was the recipient of the Schneider Family Book Award and was named an ALA Notable Book, a CCBC Choice, and a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year, among dozens of other accolades. She lives outside Seattle with her family. You can visit her online at



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4 responses to “Book Review: Two Truths and a Lie + Giveaway

  1. John Smith

    “Tell me a kids nonfiction book you recently enjoyed!” 1,000 Awesome Facts About Everything, Volume 3.”

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