When the first book in the TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE series came out, I interviewed Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie A. Thompson on Writers’ Rumpus. Now, a year later, I’m featuring the second book in the series HISTORIES AND MYSTERIES.
Much like the first book in the series, this book makes learning history a serious, yet silly interactive experience for kids and parents. 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 Laurie do a really good job of combining pictures and maps and text to help readers interact with the book and learn to discern between fact and fiction. I read this book with my 7 year old son and he so intrigued by the history that he wanted to do more research on his own. What could be better than that?
What are you favorite history or mystery books?
Ammi-Joan Paquette loves caves, hates mushy bananas, and is ambivalent about capybaras. She is the author of the novels The Train of Lost Things, Paradox, and Nowhere Girl as well as the Princess Juniper series and many more. She is also the recipient of a PEN/New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award honor. Joan lives outside Boston, Massachusetts, where she balances her own writing with her day job as a literary agent. You can visit her online at www.ajpaquette.com.]
Laurie Ann Thompson loves capybaras, hates caves, and is ambivalent about mushy bananas. She is the author of several award-winning nonfiction books, including Emmanuel’s Dream, a picture book biography of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, which was the recipient of the Schneider Family Book Award and was named an ALA Notable Book and a CCBC Choice, among other accolades. She lives outside Seattle with her family, and you can visit her online at www.lauriethompson.com.