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Two Truths and a Lie: Forces of Nature

Two Truths and a Lie: Forces of Nature

by Ammi-Joan Paquette, Laurie Ann Thompson


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Crazy-but-true stories about the natural world make this acclaimed nonfiction series perfect for fans of curiosities and wonders—and anyone looking to explore ways to separate fact from fiction. This nonfiction chapter book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 7 to 9 who are reading independently. It’

Did you know that too many fidget spinners spinning in the same direction could have an adverse effect on Earth’s gravitational field? Or that the remains of a deceased loved one can be turned into a diamond? Or that the loudest known sound in history was made by a volcanic eruption in 1883, with the echoing blast circling the planet more than three times?

Welcome to Two Truths and a Lie: Forces of Nature! You’ve heard of the game: Every story in this book is strange and astounding, but one out of every three is an outright lie. Picking out the fakes isn’t as easy as you think, however. Some false stories are based on truth, and some of the true stories are just plain unbelievable! Don’t be fooled by the photos that accompany each story—it’s going to take all your smarts and some clever research to ferret out the truth.

From a man who gave himself an appendectomy to radio signals from other planets to eagles that have been trained to take out spy drones, the stories in this third installment in the Two Truths and a Lie series will amaze you! Just don’t believe everything you read. . . .

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062418838
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
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 It's Elemental 1

Chapter 1 Earth 2

A The Pit of Despair 2

B They're Maiken a Splash! 6

C A Whirl without a Pool 12

Chapter 2 Water 16

A Ice-capades 16

B The Parting of the Jindo Sea 21

C A (Mostly) Lethal Lake 26

Chapter 3 Air 31

A Krakatau's Loud Last Words 31

B Windmills to the Rescue 36

C Firenado! 41

Part 2 Sensational Science 45

Chapter 4 Uncanny Chemistry 46

A Quite a Sweet Story! 46

B Here Be Giants 52

C Are You Boared Yet? 57

Chapter 5 Freaky Physics 62

A The Beests on the Beach 62

B Fidget Spinners' Revenge 67

C Any Body Can Live Forever! 72

Chapter 6 Surprising Space 77

A Hello, Goodbye, Whoosh! 77

B Things You Think About When the Sky Is Falling 84

C Helloooo! Anyone Else Out There? 89

Part 3 Science in Action 95

Chapter 7 Amazing 96

A You Can Call Me "Agent Spywing" 96

B Later, Gator! 101

C Tesla's "Death Ray" Disaster 106

Chapter 8 Unbelievable 111

A Death Comes from the Deep 111

B Your Dinner Is in the Printer, Dear! 117

C That's What We Call a One-Man Operation 123

Chapter 9 What's Next? 128

A If You Dream It, You Can … See It?! 128

B And They Say Yelling Never Solves Anything 133

C I, Robot. I, Worm. 137

Research Guide 144

Answer Guide 147

Bibliography 158

Photograph Credits 178

Index 181

Acknowledgments 193

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