There's little that's better in this business than a book idea that makes everybody smack their heads and say, "Why didn't I think of that?" and "How has nobody done this before?" Such was the case with TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE, a proposal from Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson.
Have you ever played that ice-breaker game, where each person has to tell three "facts" about him or herself, but only two are true? This is the simplified premise of Joan and Laurie's project, but as with all great ideas, it is so much more. It's a compendium of amazing stories about wacky and wonderful things in nature and history, combined with made-up stories. Kids are challenged to determine which ones are the falsehoods, thus helping them develop some discernment about what they read, encouraging them to conduct their own research, and teaching them facts about the world we live in, all in one tidy, high-interest package.
Given the response the pitch got, it should be no surprise that the proposal ended up going into a four-publisher auction! The winning participant was Jordan Brown of Walden Pond Press/Balzer + Bray, who offered on three books in a TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE series, the first of which is scheduled to release in winter 2017.
I can't wait to see this one hit shelves--I think it's going to have tremendous bookstore AND school/library appeal! Congratulations, Joan and Laurie!
The perfect way to teach children about "Shehechiyanu," the Jewish blessing for expressing thanks when something takes place for the first time or when it happens again after a long time. March release.
"Miller's verse, infused with musical momentum, communicates the emotional arch of a journey with beautiful brevity". ~ Kirkus Reviews, starred review. April release.