Two Truths and a Lie: Forces of Nature

“Welcome to TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE–the book series that tells you TO think, not WHAT to think. Here’s the scoop: Every scintillating chapter in this book contains three stories. Two of these stories is 100% true and you can believe them fully. But one of the stories…is not. Beware of that story!”

I first interviewed Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson on Writers’ Rumpus in June 2017 for the release of the first book in the TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE series. Then in June 2018, I reviewed the second book in the series, HISTORIES AND MYSTERIES, here. So I’m thrilled to review the third in the series, TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE: FORCES OF NATURE, is the perfect follow up to the other two books.

The book is so MUCH fun to read. Filled with completely ridiculous, yet true stories, this book will teach you about miraculous forces of nature. 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. Joan and Laurie do a really good job of combining pictures and maps and experiments to help kids interact with the book and learn and discern between fact and fiction. I highly recommend it for any curious human being.

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]

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


  1. Wonderful! I have a 10 year-old grand who would get into this book. I’m trying to get him to read with understanding and delight. I think this would do it. Congratulations! (Shared on Twitter)


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