Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries

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

Crazy-but-true stories about history, geography, and human achievement make this acclaimed nonfiction series perfect for fans of curiosities and wonders. A fun way for middle graders to explore ways to separate fact from fiction.

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. . . .

About the Author: Laurie Ann Thompson & Ammi-Joan Paquette

Laurie Ann Thompson loves capybaras, hates caves, and is ambivalent about mushy bananas. She is the coauthor of the Two Truths and a Lie series and 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

Ammi-Joan Paquette loves caves, hates mushy bananas, and is ambivalent about capybaras. She is the coauthor of the Two Truths and a Lie series and the author of the novels Rules for Ghosting, 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

Praise & Reviews

Part game, part social studies lesson with discussion prompts, this worthy sequel will leave fans eager for more.

Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books

In this follow-up to their wildly popular book, Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive, authors Paquette and Thompson dive into the intriguing world of hoaxes, legends, and bizarre-but-true tales from history. Using the classic two truths and a lie format, every grouping of three anecdotes or stories includes two true tales and one false one. Can you spot the myths and outright lies? Rich with primary sources, photographs, and other text features, this series is an engaging and timely resource providing lively texts and a fun format for teaching children how to evaluate information for credibility and accuracy.

Nerdy Book Club

Click to download the Two Truths and a Lie Ed Guide, featuring activities for both the first and second books!

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