Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries

This book is another winning volume from the dynamic duo of  Ammi-Joan Paquette  (Author), Laurie Ann Thompson Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries does for history what the first volume did for science. This book begins with the phrase, “You can’t believe everything you read” and isn’t that the truth these days? 

In this installment, the reader will encounter mysteries in history. There are three stories to a chapter two are true, and one is a lie. Through careful reading of the text, picture captions and sometimes even eyeballing the images themselves will give the reader a clue that something isn’t quite right and that story is made up.

My favorite story (not telling if its true) was of the Necropolis Railway in London. Londoners would buy a train ticket for themselves, and their dead loved one and ride out to the cemetery for the day. The dead person would get buried; you’d have lunch and catch the 3:30 pm train back to London. To this minimalist, it sounds ideal. 

You’ll want to take some time with the Research Guide included in the back of the book. It includes not only the answers but a Bibliography of books and websites about each story. We took quite a bit of time checking a bunch of websites and practicing looking for clues that the information amy not be legit.

As with the first volume, this makes a terrific logic study, you could add it in as a read aloud for science or history, and it also makes excellent bedtime reading. You can read a chapter a night if you don’t get into too raucous a debate! 

Verdict- Buy

I need to thank both Edelweiss Plus and The Kid Lit Exchange for granting me access to this ARC. I had a hard time getting the pdf to format correctly and happily The Kid Lit Exchange was able to squeeze me into the rotation so that I could read the actual book and give it a thorough review unencumbered by technical difficulties. I’ve been working on this since April 17, and that’s crazy talk.

Please note that I received a free advance E ARC of this book from Edelweiss without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.

Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries by Ammi-Joan Paquette  (Author), Laurie Ann Thompson

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