Happy National Trivia Day!

Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries cover

Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries cover
It may itself be a little-known fact, but January 4th is National Trivia Day! To celebrate, I thought I’d post some trivia tidbits from Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries. Remember, ONE of the claims in each set of three below following is false. Can you figure out which one in each trio is the fake trivium? (Did you know trivia is the plural of trivium?)


  1. There’s an abandoned cruise ship loaded with crazed, cannibal rats drifting around somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. Beware!
  2. A banyan tree in Pakistan was put under arrest by a British army officer in 1898 and is still in chains today. Pardon, anyone?
  3. It’s illegal to chew gum in Singapore.



  1. Ben Franklin wrote a treatise on why scientists should try to find a way to make farts smell better.
  2. Dog Island is an island oasis dedicated to letting dogs live out their wilder natures, undisturbed by humans. Be free, Fifi.
  3. There’s an annual festival in Spain centered around throwing tomatoes at people. Food fight!



  1. The oldest known dental fillings date back to between 12,740 and 13,000 years ago, and they were filled with, essentially, tar. Ew.
  2. It’s illegal to own a pet turtle in Iceland, and 1 in 10 children there grow up to become authors.
  3. I was once trapped in an elevator, alone, overnight. Scary!

If you don’t know all of the answers, go do some research and see if you can figure them out! But be careful… things might not always be what they seem at first glance, and truth often is stranger than fiction.
For even more trivia fun, check out this post from MentalFloss on National Trivia Day last year. I especially love the one about Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. (I’m a huge fan of their new Urban Bourbon flavor!)
If you enjoyed these true (and not so true) trivia facts for National Trivia Day, or want to check your answers, make sure to check out the book: Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries!
Do you have any favorite trivia tidbits? Please post them in the comments below (and be sure to warn us if they might not be 100% true)!

The Histories and Mysteries blog tour roundup

Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries cover

Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries cover
Our latest in the Two Truths and a Lie series, Histories and Mysteries, has been out for a few weeks now, and we were lucky enough to have it hit the web for its official blog tour right around publication day. Now that the dust has started to settle a bit, I wanted to share all of the in-depth reviews, educational materials, and bonus content that appeared over the course of the tour.

  • June 19: Brilliant fantasy author (and dear friend) Janet Lee Carey hosted us on her blog, Library Lions Roar, with a fun interview plus a video (which is only slightly cringe-worthy). 😉
  • June 20: Heidi Grange posted a lovely review of Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries on Geo Librarian.
  • June 21: Beth posted her thoughts about the timeliness and relevance of the book on A Foodie Bibliophile in Wanderlust.
  • June 21: Ammi-Joan and I shared some ideas for how parents can talk to their kids about information literacy and the importance of knowing the truth on Medium at Roadmap to Reality: Helping Kids Find Their Way in a World of Fake News.
  • June 26: This was release day, so it’s only appropriate that it was the featured title on The Official Tumblr of Walden Media.
  • June 26: Nicole gave it a rave review on Bluestocking Thinking.
  • June 27: Kellee gives a glowing review, shares some sneak peeks at the content, and even offers some read-alikes in her post on Unleashing Readers.
  • June 27: Ammi-Joan and I teamed up for a post on the Nerdy Book Club blog about incorporating summer reading into all kinds of family activities.
  • June 27: Kirsti Call shares her review (including a nice endorsement from her 7-year-old son!) over at Writers Rumpus.
  • June 28: Kristen posted her short-but-sweet review on The Book Monsters.
  • June 29: Mia Wenjen posted her honest review on her blog at Pragmatic Mom.

Many, many thanks to the hard-working bloggers who help share the book love and get the word out to book buyers and readers! Also, thank you yet again to the excellent folks at Walden Pond Press who put this event together. xoxo
You can find out more about the book and grab your copy here or here.

Launch party recap for Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries

Bookstore window display

I wanted to share some of my favorite photos from the Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries launch party last Saturday at Brick and Mortar Books:

Bookstore window displayThis is the window display that greeted us when we arrived at Brick and Mortar Books! So nice!!

Bookstore table displayThey had loads of books ready for sale!

book signing The signing line starts to form.

Laurie Ann Thompson signing a bookFun signing books!

signing lineSigning line in progress.

Bookstore endcap displayBrick and Mortar even had a full end cap display!

What a great day! A huge thank you to Brick and Mortar Books for being such an amazing host and to everyone who was able to make it. Brick and Mortar Books still has signed copies of all of the books, so feel free to stop in if you need any for your collection! =D

Happy book birthday to Histories and Mysteries!

Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries cover

Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries cover
TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE: HISTORIES AND MYSTERIES is finally here! It takes a lot of people working together to create a book, and this book had such an amazing team behind it. Many, many thanks to my co-author, Ammi-Joan Paquette; our agent, Erin Murphy; our editor, Jordan Brown; and all the wonderful folks at Walden Pond Press and HarperCollins. It’s been an honor and a joy to work with you all!
So, what’s this book all about? Well…

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?
You know the game: Every story in this book is strange and astounding, but one out of every three is an outright lie. 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. Don’t believe everything you read! (Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins, June 2018)

“With the phrase ‘fake news’ being tossed around a great deal these days, this collection of stories in which one out of every three is a lie is both timely and entertaining…. Readers with a taste for trivia and the strange-but-true aspects of geography and history will find much to enjoy.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Even dyed-in-the-wool skeptics will be hard put to spot the ringers: footprints embedded in sandstone on the roof of Kentucky’s Mammoth Caves, dental fillings more than 12,000 years old, or a trove of lead tiles embedded with ancient Roman curses? Along with suggestions for side projects and discussions, the authors offer fact lists containing one false factoid as extra challenges to readers’ credulity. Happily, the back matter includes explanations that identify the baloney, as well as a savvy guide to evaluating information sources.” —Booklist

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Signed copies are available from Brick and Mortar Books! 

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