Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive!

Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive!

Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive!

Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive!


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“Considering the fresh attention being paid to teaching a skeptical approach to information evaluation, this series opener couldn’t be better timed. A brief but savvy guide to responsible research methods adds further luster to this crowd pleaser.” —ALA Booklist (starred review)

Two Truths and a Lie is the first book in a fascinating 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!

Acclaimed authors Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson have teamed up to create a series of sneaky stories about the natural world designed to amaze, disgust, and occasionally bamboozle you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062418814
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/22/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 157,879
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Ammi-Joan Paquette loves caves, hates mushy bananas, and is ambivalent about capybaras. She is the coauthor of the Two Truths and a Lie series and the author of the novels Rules for Ghosting, 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 coauthor of the Two Truths and a Lie series and 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

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part 1 Preposterous Plants and Fungi-Crazy, Creepy, Cool 1

Chapter 1 Crazy Plants 2

A Underground Miracle Root 2

B Pandomonium 6

C The Secret Lives of Plants 10

Chapter 2 Creepy Plants (and Fungi) 15

A The Flowery Smell of Death 15

B Eyes Watching from the Darkness 20

C A Fungus among Us 24

Chapter 3 Cool Plants 28

A Watch Your Step! 28

B Let There Be Flower Power! 33

C The Sweet Truth 38

Part 2 Astonishing Animals-Small, Medium, Large 42

Chapter 4 Small Animals 43

A Puppy's Got a Brand-New Pal 43

B The Tiny Guardians of Your Bookshelf 48

C Mighty Mollusks 51

Chapter 5 Medium Animals 56

A Invasion of the Tree Octopods 56

B The Extraordinary, Extra-Cranial Life of Mike 60

C Olmy Goodness, Tiny Dragons! 64

Chapter 6 Large Animals 69

A Discovering Prehistoric Bambi 69

B Megaconda-Myth No More 74

C Gelatinous Curtain of Death 79

Part 3 How about Humans-Yes! Noooo. Maybe? 84

Chapter 7 Humans-Yes! 85

A Poop to the Rescue 85

B Frankenstein's Fix 89

C Pee Power! 93

Chapter 8 Humans-Noooo 98

A A Brief History of the World in Hiccups 98

B Me, Myself, and…Who? 102

C I Spy with My X-Ray Eyes 106

Chapter 9 Humans-Maybe? 110

A The Cure for the Common Wallflower 110

B The Bloody Fountain of Youth 115

C Remote-Controlled…Brains?! 119

Research Guide 123

Answer Guide 127

Bibliography 136

Photograph Credits 154

Index 156

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