BLOG TOUR: Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries by Ammi-Joan Paquette & Laurie Ann Thompson


Unbelievable TRUTHS about outrageous people, places and events—with a few outright LIES hiding among them. Can you tell the fakes from the facts?

Did you know that a young girl once saved an entire beach community from a devastating tsunami thanks to something she learned in her fourth-grade geography lesson? Or that there is a person alive today who generates her own magnetic field? Or how about the fact that Benjamin Franklin once challenged the Royal Academy of Brussels to devise a way to make farts smell good?

Welcome to Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries! You know the game: Every story in this book is strange and astounding, but one out of every three is an outright lie.

Can you guess which stories are the facts and which are the fakes? It’s not going to be easy. Some false stories are based on truth, and some of the true stories are just plain unbelievable! Don’t be fooled by the photos that accompany each story—it’s going to take all your smarts and some clever research to root out the alternative facts.

From a train that transported dead people to antique photos of real fairies to a dog who was elected mayor, the stories in this book will amaze you! Just don’t believe everything you read. . . .


Ammi-Joan Paquette loves caves, hates mushy bananas, and is ambivalent about capybaras. She is the author of the novels The Train of Lost Things, Paradox, and Nowhere Girl as well as the Princess Juniper series and many more. She is also the recipient of a PEN/New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award honor. Joan lives outside Boston, Massachusetts, where she balances her own writing with her day job as a literary agent. You can visit her online at

Laurie Ann Thompson loves capybaras, hates caves, and is ambivalent about mushy bananas. She is the author of several award-winning nonfiction books, including Emmanuel’s Dream,  a picture book biography of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, which was the recipient of the Schneider Family Book Award and was named an ALA Notable Book and a CCBC Choice, among other accolades. She lives outside Seattle with her family, and you can visit her online at


Paquette and Thompson have created another fascinating and fabulous book.  With the prevalence of fake news of all kinds it's become vitally important for young readers to learn to be discerning readers.  Two Truths and a Lie books one and two do a great job of showing young readers the importance of not believing everything you read, no matter how convincing and legitimate it may seem.  This series makes not only a fun read for young readers either.  I've thoroughly enjoyed reading them and seeing if I can figure out which articles are true and which ones aren't.  Sometimes I'm right and occasionally I'm not.  This second book in the series is divided into sections: Hazy Histories, Peculiar Places, and Perplexing People.  Each section has three chapters with each chapter including three articles.  Two of the articles are factual and one is not.  The authors have done a great job of picking their topics (caves, animals, disease, the dead, etc.).  Not only are the topics interesting but the book design is bright and appealing with fun sidebars.  This is a great book for young readers, but it also works well for teachers and parents who want their children to learn to be discerning readers.  One of my new favorite nonfiction series.

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