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Two Truths and a Lie is the first book in a new series that presents some of the most crazy-but-true stories about the living world as well as a handful of stories that are too crazy to be true—and asks readers to separate facts from fakes! Did you know that there is a fungus that can control the mind of an ant and make it do its bidding? Would you believe there is such aTwo Truths and a Lie is the first book in a new series that presents some of the most crazy-but-true stories about the living world as well as a handful of stories that are too crazy to be true—and asks readers to separate facts from fakes! Did you know that there is a fungus that can control the mind of an ant and make it do its bidding? Would you believe there is such a thing as a corpse flower—a ten-foot-tall plant with a blossom that smells like a zombie? How about a species of octopus that doesn’t live in water but rather lurks in trees in the Pacific Northwest?Every story in this book is 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!...

Title : Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive!
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ISBN : 9780062418821
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Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive! Reviews

  • Lesley Burnap
    2018-11-16 06:24

    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
    2018-10-19 10:40

    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.

  • Heidi
    2018-10-18 08:46

    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 not going to give specific examples because I don't want to spoil the fun.) Not only are the pieces of information fascinating but it's very engaging to try to figure out what is true and what is not. And while the end of the book contains the answers as well as references and an index, it feels like cheating to peak before making an educated guess. And the authors actively encourage readers to look for the answers themselves. Not only is this a great book for pure entertainment, it's also a great resource for librarians/teachers/parents who want to help their children learn to verify information before accepting everything they see/hear/read as truth.

  • Kellee
    2018-11-03 06:34

    Full review with teaching tools: 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 all of the information and check the validity of what they find. Paquette and Thompson’s Two Truths and a Lie take that to a fun level giving the reader three stories, all the seem as crazy yet possible, but it gives kids the opportunity to use the internet to research each story to determine what is the truth and what is the lie. But the book doesn’t seem like it is for teaching, though it would work perfectly in the classroom, because the stories are just so crazy and fun to read from zombie-making fungi to an unlikely chicken, the stories are just all so unbelievable!

  • Abby Johnson
    2018-11-06 05:31

    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 for kids who love learning interesting facts, but it has great potential for classroom or library lessons on information literacy. Share the stories from a chapter and challenge students to use research to provide which stories are true. Since the fake stories are written to look just like the true stories (with photos, defined glossary words, captions, diagrams, etc.), this is a great book for showing students that you have to double check sources and you can't believe everything you read! I also do think this is really fun for kids to just read on their own. The stories are all interesting and kids will learn a lot of interesting facts. This would be a fun one to share together on a road trip or vacation and try to stump the rest of your family.

  • Kirsti Call
    2018-11-02 03:36

    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 internet. I think kids will find it engaging and incredibly fun to read. The book is well written. I highly recommend it for any curious human being. What I didn't like: The only thing that worries me? That I won't remember what's real and what's not. I may say to myself: "I remember reading about must be true." Of course that's always a problem when we read anything on the internet that may be fallacious.

  • Tara
    2018-10-22 05:47

    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!

  • Gary Anderson
    2018-11-17 03:36

    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. Separating fact from fiction these days is almost a survival strategy, and I don’t quite see how this book strengthens that skill. I imagine readers being entertained and enjoying the mysteries but not remembering enough of the details the next day to be clear on what was true and untrue.If you have experience with children reading Two Truths and a Lie, please let me know how it looks through your eyes. I’m willing to consider that because truth is so slippery in our peculiar era I may not be seeing this book’s full potential.

  • Lorie Barber
    2018-10-28 05:53

    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, and humans) with engaging text features and side notes, Two Truths is a feast for the eyes that will have kids saying, “Wow!”

  • Linda
    2018-11-16 09:47

    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 include a list of sources and ultimately a key to tell you which ones were indeed false. A fun read and an engaging way to teach a information literacy.

  • Brenda
    2018-10-31 09:45

    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 the chapters should be presented in their online form so kids can make the connection with the need to read for understanding rather than fact in all places.It is a great text to examine how word choice, fact choice, use of an outside expert and format can sway your thinking.

  • Jennifer Mangler
    2018-10-23 09:51

    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.

  • Marissa Elera
    2018-10-26 09:36

    What a creative and highly readable non-fiction book! Delightful!

  • Haley Shaffer
    2018-11-08 07:49

    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.

  • Virginia
    2018-11-17 09:31

    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.

  • Sarah Albee
    2018-11-09 09:52

    This is a delightful read--middle schoolers are going to love it! (Managed to snag an Advance Reader Copy.)

  • Stephanie
    2018-10-19 04:52

    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 discussion in trying to decipher which story was the lie. Our favorite group of stories was the very first one which contained stories of a human-shaped root, an entire forest made up of only one tree and plant communication. The only thing that I would have prefered is if the answers were directly after each section instead of all together at the end of the book, since this made it easy to see the false story for the next section. These stories were a fun way to engage kids and have them do some critical thinking, can't wait for the next one!This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

  • Chelsea
    2018-10-20 06:47

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  • Maria Marshall
    2018-10-19 09:36

    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 medical procedures, and illnesses - all which contain one falsehood. Is a cucumber a fruit? Is it a gulp of magpies? Do vampire squids exist? Can you catch monkey pox? Is truth stranger fiction? You'll have to do some research to find out (or look in the Answer Guide provided). Especially useful to parents and teachers are the "Try This!" and "Take Action" and "Talk It Out" sections (offering ways to expand on the information), the colorful sidebar definition flags, the index, and the Research Guide. This guide offers suggested research options and the challenge to make your first reaction - Show me your source. All very valuable tools for student research and generally surviving in todays "fake news" and internet scam environment.Although full of photographs, Lisa Weber's added illustrations, especially the lab-coated monkey and his investigative assistant are endearing and captivating. Kids of all ages will enjoy this book, and learn a lot about our strange and wacky world.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-15 05:48

    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.

  • Margie
    2018-10-19 04:28

    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 spoken words. In a new title, Two Truths And A Lie: It's Alive! (Walden Pond Press, June 27, 2017) written by Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson, arranged using a similar format, it's much trickier to sort what is real from what is fabricated. As we read it's all about separating the possible from the impossible and reaching credible conclusions.My full recommendation:

  • Shauna Yusko
    2018-11-02 07:27

    Perfect for the classroom and browsing alike. (Much needed lessons here in spotting fake news and alternative facts).

  • Hope
    2018-10-20 04:49

    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.

  • Nanci
    2018-10-27 08:53

    I loved this book and am so excited there will be more. My kids are grown now, but if they were younger, this would be the book on the kitchen table, by the bed, in the car, on the coffee table. It's fun and interesting and not at all predictable. Plus, it jump starts curiosity about more than just what is in front of us. I've ordered some copies for kids I know, and one for my 30 year old son who will love it regardless of his age. I was honored to have been offered an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2018-10-28 09:31

    Reviewed for professional publication.

  • Erin
    2018-10-23 05:52

    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 research. I can see this being really valuable in a classroom setting or with a hands-on parent, but many kids are going to do what I immediately wanted to: read the three stories, make a guess and then want somewhere in the book to flip to and see if they're right. The book does have the answers in it, but they feel a bit buried between the research tips and the bibliography. I understand why the authors want to discourage kids from just flipping to the answers, but I'm also leery of a book I'm keeping in nonfiction that tells you up front "some of this information is false" without offering a clear place to identify which is. My second criticism is purely from a design perspective: the book is divided into nine chapters with three stories each (the titular two truths and a lie), all with colorful backgrounds and large photographs. All the bright color, however, make it difficult to tell at a glance where one chapter begins and another ends. If, say, they had made chapter one's splash pages all purple, and chapter two's all green, etc., the book would still be visually striking and easier to read in chunks. It's not that big a deal, it's just a missed opportunity for browsers.So, I think this is still a worthwhile book, but a few tweaks could have improved it even more. On the plus side, I managed to identify all the fake stories, so that master's degree in information science wasn't a complete waste. (I'm sure that's what gave me an edge, and not being three times as old as the target age for this book.)

  • Linda
    2018-10-23 08:32

    INQUIRY, RESEARCH, QUESTIONING 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 answer guide, a bibliography and photo credits and an index. The photos do help, but even they may be fake! In this era of fake news and fake conspiracy theories, using the book to help students learn to do research to prove a story is a goal in every classroom.Along the way, the authors have added in different parts of information with a question. For example, in the plant section, there is a highlighted box that includes ten plant names, one of which is “not true.” There are fascinating names like Sneezewort, Dinosaur Food, Butter-and-eggs and Monkey Puzzle Tree. Our Denver Botanic Gardens has a list of plants in their arboretum with interesting names. I’ve taken students there to find those plants and try to discover why they have been given those common names. It’s a great learning and engrossing activity. Sometimes a cartoon monkey in a lab coat is on a page with interesting responses to the content and sometimes there are small glossary boxes. The pages are colorfully enticing, just like the content.I imagine reading parts at a time, and beginning the inquiry, perhaps in small groups who later will present their findings. Even without a classroom, I enjoyed this book thoroughly.

  • Rebecca
    2018-11-08 03:41

    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 kids could pinpoint them without research, but others did make me think. On the downside, I found the answers easily with simple Google searches, though of course I generally can identify a reliable source, being a librarian. I did like the section at the end in which the authors give excellent advice on determining the believability of information found on a website, and I do think this could be effectively used in classroom lessons on evaluating websites and fake news. Lots of great visuals, and an extensive bibliography. I do wish they’d put the bibliographies after each story, since they advise kids to look at their sources and see if they can figure out from those which story is fake, but the bibs are after the section that reveals the true stories, so that seems kind of counter-intuitive. But if using for a class, you could fix that.

  • Alice
    2018-11-02 08:46

    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 debate club. OH THAT WOULD BE FUN. Call me if you do it! I want to be there or Skype in! Present the 3 stories as absolute truth and make it convincing.. and then... figure out the lie. Maybe the LIE would win with a skilled debater! The only thing that scares me about this book, and yes scares me is the correct word, is that the lie is so well crafted that it could be misconstrued as TRUTH!! Yes, yes, In the beginning the author talks about this and those of us who read and take that to heart.. no problem, but... "IT IS IN A BOOK SO IT MUCH BE TRUE" RIGHT!?! like Everything on the Internet is "TRUE". (Not so much) THIS IS NOT A REFERENCE BOOK but more of sleuthing, detective, book!

  • Sandy Brehl
    2018-11-16 08:52

    This richly visual and densely packed book opens with a direct challenge to the reader. They contents pose a sort of dare- to uncover the lies within what appears to be a nonfiction text but admits to using actual facts and details to create bold-faced lies. it offers readers a chance to practice dealing with "mixed genre" content: neither fiction nor non-fiction, but admitting to that in advance. Various interactive suggestions and riddles are incorporated along the way, with explanations and answers in the back. Even there, challenges continue to learn more, to make connections to reliable sources of validating and extending information. This is a paper-ink-color media with a semi-traditional format yet presenting an effective tool for developing critical thinking in ANY media- to take nothing at face value without actively engaging with prior knowledge, reliably sourced validation, and examination of the intent of the writers.