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Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive!

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  324 ratings  ·  110 reviews
“Considering the fresh attention being paid to teaching a skeptical approach to information evaluation, this series opener couldn’t be better timed. A brief but savvy guide to responsible research methods adds further luster to this crowd pleaser.” —ALA Booklist (starred review)

Two Truths and a Lie is the first book in a fascinating new series that presents some of the
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Walden Pond Press
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Walden Pond, as far as I know, hasn’t published a nonfiction text other than the Guys Read: True Stories, and I can definitely see why this is one they chose to add to their publication catalog. One of the greatest educational obstacles right now is that students have access to such a wide variety of information, some that is anything but reliable and valid, so it is up to parents and educators to show how to filter through
Lesley Burnap
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic format! Kids in grade 4 and up will enjoy picking which story of 3 is false! 9 phenomenal chapters and 3 stories in each one! The only thing that made me sad was when I reached the end! Educators can use this book as a mentor text for student writing their own informational texts!
Michele Knott
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating facts, and wait, false facts? Yet those un-truths are hard to figure out in this book!
This book is sure to amaze readers and will be a fantastic mentor text for teachers when discussing how to sift through research and fact check what is written.
Two Truths and a Lie takes an interesting approach to presenting information. The book is divided into three parts: plants, animals, and humans. Each part is then divided into chapters which are further divided into three sections. Each section describes something related to the topic. But there's a catch, one of the three sections in each chapter is false (a lie) while the other two are true. To make things even trickier, the section that's a lie may still contain elements that are true. (I'm ...more
Abby Johnson
Each chapter in this book contains three stories - two that are factual and one that's made up but written to sound like it's also factual. The book challenges kids to read the stories in each chapter, guess, and then do their own research to find out which stories are true and which is the fake. There's a section on how to research and find reliable sources and then at the end of the book it gives you the answers and a bibliography for each chapter.

This book is not only fun browsing material
Kirsti Call
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: publisher
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What I liked: This book is so MUCH fun to read. Filled with completely ridiculous, yet true stories, this book will teach you about miraculous plants and animals. At least most of the stories are true. For every three stories, there is one fabrication. As we read we have to think about and research the stories to find out the read truth. This book encourages research and figuring out the difference between fact and fiction on the
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd love to talk about this book with intermediate and middle school teachers. The title sets kids up for questioning right from the start. 1.) I think it is the kind of books that some readers will love from start to finish, so it should be on your bookshelf. 2.) I think it could be used as a challenge in a classroom to uncover fake news. 3.) Parts of me wish that the last chapter was the first chapter - but, knowing that I can share that first and issue the challenge. 4.) I wonder if some of ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book to share with people who are learning to determine what is true (and from reliable sources) and what is false (or from unreliable or even fake sources). There are three parts, one about plants, one about animals, and one about humans. Three scenarios are described, complete with pictures and the more difficult vocabulary explained, and the hope is that the reader will spend some time determining which of the three are true and which one is false. Of course, the book does ...more
Lorie Barber
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly engaging informational book that presents three unusual stories about plants and animals around the world, but only two of them are true!
Two things I loved: that the authors want readers to go and research to find the truths (or lies) for themselves. The research guide gives them tips on how to spot “fake news,” where to go to find reliable sources, and when to use common sense. The world needs this now. The second thing was the book’s structure: organized in three parts (plants, animals,
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great idea, and so perfectly executed. My family loved reading this book aloud and debating which stories we thought were true or false. The pictures are terrific, too--they really make you think about the nature of evidence and authority and how fake stories can be made to look quite real.

I'm so glad this is going to be a series--can't wait for the next volume!
Jennifer Mangler
What a great idea! Each story is interesting, and it's not always so easy to tell which of the three stories in each chapter is false. Paquette has written an engaging book that challenges the reader on a number of levels. I very much look forward to reading future books in this series.
Haley Shaffer
Loved reading this with my kids. They thought it was hilarious and we spent a lot of time researching the items in the book together.
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always end up researching the non-fiction I read, so this book is right up my alley. It would be a great title for a class on research techniques as well.
Gary Anderson
I’m not sure about this one. Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive presents sets of three cleverly-written, humorous explanations of various scientific phenomena. But, you guessed it, two of them are true and one is not. The fake one might be wildly made-up or it might have something factual embedded in it, but it’s not completely true.

All the explanations are fun, but I’m bothered by young readers spending so much time reading fake stuff alongside true stuff, even if they know some of it is made up.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the concept of this book, but the design was frustrating. Style like the kids' series of gross animal facts, this one is divided into sections. Each section has three editorial story's about a weird creature or natural event. Two of the stories are real and one is a fiction.
ALL GREAT STUFF. But then I found it difficult to find the part of the book that revealed which one was true and which was false. The back end with the "reveal" and the bibliographies was confusing.

tldr: great
Marissa Elera
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, non-fiction
What a creative and highly readable non-fiction book! Delightful!
This is a solid piece of middle grade nonfiction with a cool premise. I like how it urges readers to do their own research and fact-checking. Plus, I mean... mind-control fungus is in this book. No better stuff for the young biology enthusiast.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great concept! I really enjoyed this book that presents three stories in each chapter along with fun facts, and readers need to determine which is the lie. Lots of uses for this in the classroom. Loved it!
Michelle Glatt
Fun concept for a book. I would have liked to have seen the tips for investigating the stories had come at the beginning of the book.
Sarah Albee
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a delightful read--middle schoolers are going to love it!
(Managed to snag an Advance Reader Copy.)
Two Truths and A Lie: It's Alive! presents nine chapters of three stories each about plants, animals and humans where each story seems a little crazy but only one is a lie! Each story is backed up with sources and pictures and might even be sprinkled with some truths making some stories very difficult to see through.

This was a very fun book to read with middle school aged children. After learning about certain topics, we would read the three stories in a corresponding chapter and have a great
Maria Marshall
The introduction sets the stage for an entertaining read. Laurie and Joan have written the three segments in each of the nine chapters so convincingly that it is at times difficult to determine the falsehood. This book is a fun hybrid of fiction and nonfiction.

In addition to the three cleverly written stories per chapter, Laurie and Joan expanded the fun by including lists of plant facts, plant names, animal group names, under sea creatures, animal facts, dinosaur names, strange and mysterious
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a unique format for nonfiction that students will like, especially given today's climate of "fake news". I particularly appreciated the author's notes about research and factfinding.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One technique for enhancing the connectedness of a group of people is to have them participate in icebreakers, activities designed to reveal information about each individual. One of these games is called Two Truths and a Lie. Participants sit in a circle with each one making three assertions about themselves. The others need to figure out which one of the three statements is false.

When engaged in this contest of wits, we are able to assess body language and facial expression along with the
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is such a great idea. It's really important to have kids realize that they can't believe everything that they read and that a person should fact check before just believing any story (flashback to the 'you eat a spider every time you sleep' story). Since fact checking is a critical skill to have in life I definitely support this book. Good job.
Shauna Yusko
Perfect for the classroom and browsing alike.

(Much needed lessons here in spotting fake news and alternative facts).
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book offers a neat opportunity for honing research and fake-news-spotting skills, combined with engaging stories about weird, gross, and unbelievable science. The writing is great and even the fake stories contain some real information, making it all the trickier to identify them.

A couple things make me hesitant about it: first, the book really requires some adult guidance to get what the authors intended out of it, which is to use the stories as a jumping-off point for independent
I often share that I wish I was back in the classroom, and while reading this book, I felt the same. The book contains three parts, about plants, animals, and humans. Within those parts are three chapters. And yes, more threes; each chapter shares three stories, one of which is not true, but may contain some real facts. At the back, there is a research guide for each chapter which encourages kids to discover their own “truths” through research. There is also an
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, nonfiction
In this middle school nonfiction book, the authors take a scientific topic involving animals or humans, and present three outrageous stories relating to that subject. Two of the stories are true and one is false, and the hope is that kids will research to figure out which one is false. There are also several sidebars with other things kids can look up, such as true collective nouns for animals (and one in the list is fake). Some of the stories are so blatantly untrue I would really hope that ...more
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book for an award Committee. My committee Chair said "I didn't get one of these right"!
Well, I am proud to say that though I was no 100% I would say B+ (Low B+ but oh well)

I think this would be fun for two different types of class.
1) Of course, a Science Class (5th to 8th Grade). Present the 3 stories, and have students present them and then vote. Then reveal the answer until the very end and see who is right (and who is dead... come on Princess Bride fans I couldn't resist)!

2) A
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