Two Truths and a Lie: the Series

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Two Truths and a Lie: Forces of Nature
Two Truths and a Lie Histories and Mysteries
Two Truths and a Lie:
His­to­ries and Mysteries
Two Truths and a Lie It's Alive
Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive!

writ­ten by Ammi-Joan Paque­tte and Lau­rie Ann Thomp­son
illus­trat­ed by Lisa K. Weber
Walden Pond Press

Every sto­ry in these books are 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. A fun way for mid­dle-grade read­ers to explore ways to sep­a­rate fact from fiction.



  • Book­list Edi­tors’ Choice: Books for Youth 2017
  • Book­list Last­ing Con­nec­tions for Science
  • CYBILS Award for Elementary/Middle Grade Non-Fic­tion 2017
  • Junior Library Guild selection
  • Nerdy Book Club Award win­ner for the Best Long Form Non­fic­tion 2017
  • Texas Topaz Non­fic­tion Read­ing List 2018
  • Vir­ginia Read­ers’ Choice Title (mid­dle school) 2019–2020
  • William Allen White Award (Kansas) 2019–2020
  • Mass­a­chu­setts Chil­dren’s Book Award Nom­i­nee 2021–2022


“Con­sid­er­ing the fresh atten­tion being paid to teach­ing a skep­ti­cal approach to infor­ma­tion eval­u­a­tion, this series open­er couldn’t be bet­ter timed.” (Book­list, starred review)

“An engag­ing, enter­tain­ing com­pendi­um that will inform and con­found. (pho­tos, maps, bib­li­og­ra­phy, index)” (Kirkus Reviews)