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Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  27 reviews
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. This nonfiction chapter book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 7 to 9 who are reading indepen ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by Walden Pond Press
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Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I mean, really, how has no one ever written this book before (to my knowledge).
There are nine chapters in this book, and in each chapter, there are three stories. Two of the stories in each chapter are true, and one of them is made up.
Readers are encouraged to do research to find out the truth.
Also, this is a series! I looked at two of them before picking this one to read, and I know at least one more is planned.

I read the whole thing through, l
Melanie Dulaney
Readers are going to love trying to pick out the fiction mixed in with some amazing facts. Paquette and Thompson do a great job combining text, photographs, maps, and more as they encourage students to dig out the facts by doing their own research and even include creative activities that mesh nicely with the theme of each chapter. I do, however, disagree strongly with the target audience indicated by the publisher! 8-12 year olds will have a difficult time with the high level vocabulary and wil ...more
Laura Gardner
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to @kidlitexchange for the ARC to review from @waldenpondpress and authors @laurieannthompson and @ammi.joan.paquette ; this book is out June 26!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 for this nonfiction read that teaches about information evaluation in an engaging, fun way. ~*~*~*~*~*
Each chapter has three fairly unbelievable stories. Two are true and one is false. Can you guess which is the lie? Can you use research skills to figure it out? My son and I loved trying to puzzle these out!
I can
Kirsti Call
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What I liked: Much like the first book in the series, this book creates a serious, yet silly experience for kids and parents.  Filled with completely ridiculous, yet true stories, this book teaches us unbelievable, yet true, stories in history. 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 real truth. Joan and Laur
Beth Rodgers
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
'Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries' by Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson is a fun read, chock full of historical and more contemporary facts and fiction. It brings a whole new level of intrigue to the icebreaker game of two truths and a lie, shedding further light on topics that either never fully saw the light of day or were too obscure to bring up in the first place. Some of the stories are a mix of truth and fiction, making it harder to discern how deep the lies run and h ...more
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly interesting! Kids will love it!
Apr 20, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junk
> 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?

Right. Small games to close the minds and make superstitious drones. Millennia ago there was a sign from gods. Centuries ago, there was a rightful decision of the anointed King. And today it is a little angel, who has read the Government mandated textbook, and with that message saved its people.

Only in real life, thousands of humans
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I especially liked about the book is that at the end there is a research guide. Sometimes we read stories that sound fantastic, but how do we determine whether they are true or false? Even if true, how true? And those "tips and tricks," I think, are very important to learn, especially in this Information Age / Internet Age. I think a young reader can really appreciate these tips once they reach high school and later college/university. Even in daily life, determining what is science and wha ...more
Bonnie Grover
Thank you @KidLit for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book. All opinions are my own. “Unbelievable truths about outrageous people places and events, with a few outright lies hiding among them.” First of all as a teacher, I loved this book. My teacher brain loved the engaging style of this book from the photos and stories to the activities sprinkled throughout the book. I found myself thinking of all kinds of lessons that would include nonfiction reading strategies. I think kids ...more
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: torchlight-2
These are so fun and my family enjoys guessing which one is the lie. We were wrong so many times! I love the photos and evidence given to support each story since the lies are still surrounded by real things.

The only thing that keeps it from a full 5-stars is that it's unnecessarily wordy. Each story is about twice as long as it should be with a bunch of filler. I read them out loud so we can skip about half of the writing. A lot of the activity boxes are also unnecessary, giving you prompts tha
TSYA / Teen Reader (16): The lies the authors came up with are surprisingly convincing! It is usually difficult to make out the lie from the book alone, and this further encourages the reader to do some actual research to determine the answer for themselves. It is not just the stories that are captivating, either. From cover to cover there are interesting pictures, illustrations, and historical photographs. See more in the full review. ...more
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: curious children, not curious children, gullible children, impressionable children
It was ok. I found it a little boring but that might be because I like reading about the weird and unusual so guess which was the lie was incredibly easy. I am also not the intended audience, so as it is a book for children, I think that this would be good for the ones who are very curious or the ones who need to be taught not to believe everything they read/hear.

Could be a very good teaching tool.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun book arranged in triads, with two true anecdotes or stories and one false. Readers are challenged to figure out which is which, but the lazy have access to the solution in the back of the book. I enjoyed this a lot, and I also appreciated the hints on how to know truth from fiction.
Kathleen Patterson
The students beg for these stories!
Melissa Marwedel
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this book! Such a good resource for teaching kids to be critical consumers of information.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series!
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book to hold the interest of reluctant but curious young readers.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What fun!!! Can't wait for students to try this book. ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, kid-nonfiction, mg
The books in this series are such a great addition to the nonfiction section!
Bridget Neace
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just as entertaining and enjoyable as the first one! Maybe it's because I'm not a huge science person, or maybe I just got lucky, but actually guessed quite a few of the lies correct in this one! ...more
Amanda Blau
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun way to present nonfiction - it's up to the reader to spot the lie in 3 reports of an event or place. Answers are at the back. Great to read together or to share with a classroom/group. ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A dream-come-true book for researchers. I can't wait to share this with my students! ...more
Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fun read aloud that drew students into looking closely at text.
Kellee Moye
I just love this series for so many reasons! First, it is just so interesting! Even the “lies” include true stories with information switched out to make it not true. There are quizzes and tidbits of information. There is so much to read about and just take in. I am so in awe with the authors who truly find unknown information that is fascinating and will keep kids (and adults!) reading. Also, I think it is so important to teach students/kids (and adults!) how to determine if information being g ...more
Kristen Harvey
This is such a fun nonfiction series. All of the information is engaging and interesting, even the lies side of the book include true stories with information changed to make it untrue. I enjoyed the quizzes and extra bits of information. It’s a fully engaging book that will keep you reading for hours! Even as an adult, I found myself really enjoying my read through this book. The authors do a great job including a wide variety of topics so as to engage readers who have different interests. This ...more
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